Bad news, Wreck-It Ralph fans (and perhaps Disney shareholders). Although the 2012 film was a bona fide hit, and its sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet, is gearing up to be one as well, there may not be a third installment in the series, at least according to Ralph 2’s directors.
Without giving anything away, directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston told ComicBook.com that they believe the end of the new film concludes the narrative journeys of Ralph and Vanellope in such a way that a third film would be unnecessary.
"I feel good about where they're at," Johnston told ComicBook.com. "You could envision like plot things where something gets screwed up and they have to reconnect to fix it. But in terms of it being a story of maturation for Ralph? The Internet represents the adult phase of their life. And I think Ralph at the end has matured where he is comfortable in his skin and he will make friends and he and Vanellope will still hang out."
Now, having the characters’ stories come to a logical and satisfying conclusion has never stopped studios from creating sequels. And Disney is usually not one to turn its back on a lucrative, family-friendly franchise. But as far as Ralph’s directors are concerned, the story they set to tell has been told, and they see no reason to revisit them anytime soon.
They could make the third film "an animated Taken," as Moore jokingly suggested. "Where Ralph gets taken and we have to get Liam Neeson."
Or, as Johnson submits: "Ralph 3-D prints himself and comes into the real world somehow."
So, okay. There are some options. And like you wouldn’t rush to the theater to see them! (We know we would.)
Anyway, what do you think? Should the series continue? Or should Disney move on? Let us know in the comments below. And feel free to use this time to pitch us your ideas for a Ralph 3. The crazier the better.
Ralph Breaks the Internet is in theaters now.