Walt Disney Animation made a big announcement on Facebook Live this morning: Wreck It Ralph 2 will be coming to theaters in 2018. Learn the details, after the jump.
Filmmaker Rich Moore addressed fans on the Breaking News Facebook Live broadcast, introducing Phil Johnston, who co-wrote Wreck It Ralph and Zootopia. Johnston will be co-directing Wreck It Ralph 2 with Rich Moore. Johnston didn’t start out in animation, he wrote Cedar Rapids and The Brothers Grimsby. This will be his first time (co)directing a feature film.
Rich revealed that they started working on this new idea right after they finished Wreck It Ralph. Notoriously, the duo got pulled away from their project to help save Zootopia (which turned out pretty well). Ralph star John C Reilly also appeared on the broadcast to make it official and announce the release date. Wreck It Ralph 2 will hit theaters on March 9th 2018.
As for what it will be about, Reilly said that is “top secret.” He began to elaborate on the plot and the Facebook Live feed froze, which was a bad joke that left many nerds scrambling.
Wreck It Ralph 2 was one of the announcements we predicted yesterday. Last year Wreck-It Ralph star John C. Reilly let it slip that he had signed on for the sequel as did composer Henry Jackman. Wreck-It Ralph is one of my favorite of the modern Walt Disney Animation Studios movies so this announcement makes me extremely happy. What the story would be about, we don’t know. Back in 2012 Moore said he’s like “to explore online gaming, home games.”
We have some ideas of how we could — it was fun to begin it in an arcade. And I think that that really tapped into the nostalgia that that has attached to it. But if we were to do a sequel I think we need to bring it up to date. We’re working on ideas, should we do one, that would bring it more into modern gaming, not just arcade cabinets.
Moore later revealed a conversation that he had with Reilly back in the spring of 2013, with the idea that there might be other Ralphs out there. What would happen if another Fix It Felix, Jr. game was plugged in?
Are there other Ralphs that are more contemporary? Is there another version of the game that was made for mobile? Are there those kind of Super Smash Brothers types games where all the characters are gathered in a fighting game? What would that be like for Ralph to come face to face with those different iterations of himself? And it’s created some really cool conversations, so I think that that is so funny you bring up because it’s something we’re playing around with right now.
In addition, there have also been discussions about including Disney characters such as TRON in the world of Wreck-It Ralph. There were also previous discussions about bringing in more iconic video game characters like Mario, a character they didn’t want to waste on a cameo without giving him some more significant purpose.
Source: Slash Film