As we were promised, Walt Disney Animation Studios made a huge announcement on Facebook Live.
For those who waited for those 12 plus grueling hours, know that you can be at ease as the studio has confirmed that they will be working on Wreck-It Ralph 2. More on the story below
Standing in front of a not so subtle brick background, Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, the director and writer, respectively, of the first Wreck-It Ralph made the announcement on Facebook Live earlier today. But they weren’t alone. As they tried to make it official, John C. Reilly, who was wearing giant Wreck-It Ralph fists, kept interrupting wondering where he could find the almond milk and asking why Moore and Johnston were standing behind bricks. The three also announced that the film would be released on March 9, 2018, much earlier than the unannounced Disney Animation Studios title they have dated for 2020 – which may be for a different film entirely.
Now, of course, it is way too early to tell what the sequel could even be about, but some clues for us about what we could see in it were laid out. Moore has said that they barely scratched the surface of this video game world that they were setting up. The film is expected to expand the amount of iconic video game characters we will see, and Moore said that Mario and Tron would be making an appearance in the film, although it can probably be said that they will just be cameos. How awesome would it be to see Cloud Strife in the sequel?
When asked about ideas for where Wreck-It Ralph 2 could take place, Moore stated that he would bring the characters up to date and explore online gaming and console gaming. And you could clearly see that in the header image above. And just like Zootopia with Zuber (a play on words with Uber), we can expect to see more plays on words with websites. So as you can see above, instead of Google, you will see Gügle. It won’t be Amazon, it will be Amazing. Buzzaholic instead of Buzzfeed. You pretty much get the gist of it.
Moore, who has been developing it since shortly after the release of the first film, while also directing this year’s critically-acclaimed hit Zootopia with Byron Howard, said:
“From the moment we started working on the first Wreck-It Ralph, we knew there were so many possibilities with these characters. 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.”
“The world of the internet is the perfect place to send Ralph and Vanellope. The scope and scale are so vast and the possibilities for comedy are endless.”
Finally, Reilly said:
“Ralph is a character very near and dear to my heart. 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!”
Sarah Silverman will also return to reprise her role as Vanellope.
We will definitely keep you up to speed on things as the production for Wreck-It Ralph 2 progresses.
Disney’s Gigantic, which was originally set for a March 9, 2018 release, will now hit theaters on November 21, 2018.
[Source: Walt Disney Animation Studios]