Riding the wave of Zootopia’s massive box-office success, Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced a sequel to Wreck-It Ralph, slated to open on March 8, 2018, and released the first piece of promo art. This means that Disney's previously announced animated film originally set for that date, Gigantic, will be pushed back a couple of months to Nov. 21, 2018.
Wreck-It Ralph 2 will see the return of John C. Reilly as the titular character and Sarah Silverman as Vanellope. The special announcement was made live by Rich Moore, director of Wreck-It Ralph and Zootopia, and his co-director Phil Johnston (who will also pen the sequel) before the House of Mouse released an official press release.
The first movie centered around video game villain, Wreck-It Ralph, who wants to become a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream. Problem is, his quest wreaks havoc on the arcade where he lives, Litwak's Arcade. During the live stream, Reilly appeared on-screen to say this about the sequel: “[Ralph] leaves the arcade and wrecks the Internet ... What could go wrong?” What could go wrong indeed! Here's the promo art:
Now, read up on the official press release:
BURBANK, Calif. (June 30, 2016) – Wreck-It Ralph is heading back to the big screen, and this time, he’s wrecking the internet. The Oscar®-nominated Walt Disney Animation Studios team from the original film is reteaming for the follow-up, including director Rich Moore (“Zootopia,” “The Simpsons”) and producer Clark Spencer (“Zootopia,” “Bolt”). Phil Johnston (writer, “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Zootopia,” “Cedar Rapids”) joins Moore as director and a writer on the project. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman return as the bad-guy-turned-good, Ralph, and the girl with the game-winning glitch, Vanellope von Schweetz. The untitled sequel will hit theaters—literally—on March 9, 2018.
“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.”
“The world of the internet is the perfect place to send Ralph and Vanellope,” said Johnston. “The scope and scale are so vast and the possibilities for comedy are endless.”
“Ralph is a character very near and dear to my heart,” added Reilly. “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!”
When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Nominated for an Oscar® and Golden Globe® for best animated feature, “Wreck-It Ralph” won the PGA Award for outstanding producer of an animated theatrical motion picture as well as five Annie Awards, including best animated feature, director, cast and screenplay. The film was named best animated feature by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, earned outstanding achievement in casting for an animated feature by the Casting Society of America, and won the Kids’ Choice Award for favorite animated movie.
The sequel will explore the existence of multiple Ralphs since the first film (which was littered with awesome cameos from known video game characters like Ken & Ryu from Street Fighter, Doctor Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik and Sonic from Sonic the Hedgehog, Neff from Altered Beast and Aerith from Final Fantasy VII) centered on the single character located at Litwak.
The director also confirmed he had discussions with Nintendo about the possibility of having video game icon Mario feature prominently in the sequel. Sounds good to me! How about you? Are you looking forward to a sequel to Wreck-It Ralph?
(via Comic Book Movie)