Disney teased a new announcement yesterday to be broadcast on Facebook today:
When Wreck-It Ralph and Zootopia director Rich Moore also encouraged folks to tune in, speculation grew in anticipation of a sequel to one of those two films. Sure enough, Moore, along with co-director Phil Johnston, announced a sequel to 2013's Wreck-It Ralph. Oh and the voice of Ralph, John C. Reilly (Guardians of the Galaxy) also made an appearance in the video and yes, wrecked it up.
The first movie told the story of Wreck-It Ralph, the villain in an old school arcade videogame who wanted to go beyond his programming and be the good guy. The sequel, which was alluded to in the Facebook video, was sort of confirmed already by Reilly but now it is official. In the sequel, "Ralph leaves the arcade and wrecks the internet".
Reilly will be back to voice Ralph, along with Sarah Silverman (Vanellope Von Schweetz). The other main characters from the first movie have not yet been confirmed, but are expected as Moore has said:
"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."
Ralph not only will wreck the internet in the upcoming movie, but he also messed up Disney's movie release schedule. The sequel to Wreck-It Ralph will hit theaters on March 9, 2018, punching the Jack and the Beanstalk-inspired Gigantic back to November 21, 2018.
Concept art for the Wreck-It Ralph sequel
Update: Collider spoke with Rich Moore about the Wreck-It Ralph sequel
Moore said that they started work on the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph soon after the first movie, then Zootopia came about. So they have about 2 - 2.5 years of work done on the development of Ralph 2. They had a first draft done, did a table read, and made some minor revisions. They are in the storyboarding process now.
Collider's Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub, recommended the sequel be titled "Super Wreck-It Ralph" and Moore said that that title is "on the board" as a possibility. While it does match with the era that Ralph is from, it may not be as fitting with the internet focus of the movie.
We've already confirmed that Ralph and Vanellope are returning for the sequel. They are in the process of getting previous actors back for the second. "it's looking right now like it's going to be a big cast" Moore says, and there will also be some new characters. Moore thinks it may be a little easier to get videogame character cameos for the sequel than the original since there is something that companies can reference now. Currently there is a planned nod to TRON in the movie. Moore has previously mentioned that they wanted Mario in the first movie, but no mention of that here.
On the balance between the original and sequel, Moore notes:
"Because that [arcades] is a time period of video games that’s really near and dear to my heart, like growing up during that era of arcade games. So we want to represent that, because that’s a big part of our world with the first one, I don’t want to – with the sequel, I’m finding out we don’t want to just do more of the same, but also we don’t want to do something so different that it doesn’t even feel like it’s from the first movie or doesn’t relate to the first one. So we’re really trying to find that balance of how can we have those great kind of references to retro arcade culture but also have it feel that this is also a contemporary world with newer games, newer – everything you can find on the Internet. Or just about everything that can be represented in a family film. [laughs] We’re trying to kind of make that balance of both."
On the animation side both Moore and the animators seem excited:
"… since the first Wreck-It Ralph, our technology team has created software that can do amazing things that we couldn’t have even done in 2012. On the first Ralph movie. So when I mention to them, "well, I’m thinking about the characters leaving that kind of sleepy arcade world and traveling to the Internet," they said, "well, this is perfect for our software." Because it’s like just what you say, like the world of the Internet. The artists here, the technicians, I can see them starting to think like, "oh my god, what would that look like? It’s so huge.""
"So this time we’re going to take that same technology and build a very fantastic world. A world of the Internet and what that would look like. And try to capture, for the first time in a big movie, we are now growing up with the Internet and seeing what it is, and trying to kind of visualize that for the first time and send characters into that world."