During a live stream on Walt Disney Animation Studios Facebook, Disney just announced that “Wreck-It Ralph 2” is officially in production and will be released March 9th, 2018. The sequel will see Ralph leaving his arcade environment and enter the internet. This may open up the door for some more modern game characters to join the movie.
The director Rich Moore and writer Phil Johnson were joined by star John C. Reilly (Ralph) to officially announce the sequel.
“From the moment we started working on the first Wreck-It Ralph, we knew there were so many possibilities with these characters,” said Moore, who has been developing it since shortly after the release of the first film, and while directing this year’s critically-acclaimed hit Zootopia with Byron Howard. “This time, Ralph’s wrecking wreaks havoc on the Web—as only he can do. Characters we loved in the first film are back and we are ecstatic to be working with them—and the actors who voice them—once again.”
Reilly and Sarah Silverman (Vanellope Von Schweetz) are both set to reprise their roles.
On the D23 website John C. Reilly talked about his return.
Today John C. Reilly sounded just as thrilled as we are that Ralph will soon be crushing it in a brand-new adventure. “Ralph is a character very near and dear to my heart,” Reilly said. “I’m really looking forward to playing the big lug again. Making the first Wreck-It Ralph was one of the most special experiences I’ve ever had, and I’m really looking forward to bringing him back to life. So many kids I’ve met all over the world are excited to see him again, too. They tell me all the time!”
To celebrate the announcement, Disney also revealed that Wreck-It Ralph himself will be randomly buzzing through the Disney Crossy Road mobile game beginning today at 12pm PT to wreck player’s levels.
“Wreck-It Ralph has been one of the most popular worlds to play in Disney Crossy Road, so it made perfect sense to celebrate Ralph’s return by letting him go outside his world and ‘wreck’ other parts of the game,” said Chris Heatherly, SVP & GM, Disney Apps and Games. “We are big fans of the first film, as are our players, and can’t wait to see how the next chapter unfolds.”
The original “Wreck-it Ralph” brought in over $470 million at the worldwide box office.