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[UPDATE] Disney Announces ‘Wreck-it Ralph’ Sequel

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Get ready to wreck some stuff again as Disney Animation just announced a sequel to its 2012 hit film Wreck-it Ralph will hit theaters in 2018. The breaking news was announced via a Facebook livestream session featuring the original film’s director, Rich Moore, who is also set to return the sequel.

It was announced that the film will hit theaters on Gigantic‘s original release date, March 9 2018 and John C. Reilly is set to return as the film’s titular character, Ralph. In the livestream it was announced that in the sequel, Ralph will leave the arcade and wreck the internet. A first piece of concept art from the film was released which can be found below.

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Collider sat down with director Rich Moore to discuss some details on the sequel. While it’s currently still untitled, he revealed that the sequel might get the title Super Wreck-it Ralph. Moore revealed that they have worked on the sequel for 2 years now, before jumping on Zootopia as a co-director in the fall of 2014 a first draft of the script had been completed. Last December there was a table read and  they’re currently storyboarding the film. Moore confirmed that Ralph and Vanellope will be back for the sequel and they’re working hard on getting most of the supporting characters and cast back as well.

Rich Moore is back in the director’s chair and Phil Johnston, who co-wrote the original Wreck-it Ralph and Zootopia, has joined him as a co-director. Producer of the original Clark Spencer will produce and John C. Reilly will return as Ralph.

The sequel to Disney’s Wreck-it Ralph is set to open in theaters on March 9, 2018.

What do you think of this announcement? Are you excited for the Wreck-it Ralph sequel?

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  • Tim Tran

    the Revival Era is literally hitting us with sequels……WDAS had 3……now they’re gonna have 2 more…..and Zootopia is definitely getting one at this point….and they’re all close together….unlike the previous 3 sequels…
    I honestly have mixed feelings about WDAS becoming Pixar/DreamWorks. the only thing that separated WDAS from them is its lack of too much sequels. That probably will change by now…

    • Anthony Raphael

      Um actually, Walt disney Animation (or Disney Pictures), probably has the most sequels, doesn’t matter if it was or wasn’t released in the cinema they have the most, Cinderella 2 and 3, Aladdin 2, kronks new groove, lion king 2 and 3 little mermaid 2 and 3. And so on.

      • Manuel Orozco

        They were just direct to video. And I’m not a big fan of their DTV stuff from back in my childhood

        • Anthony Raphael

          yes thats is why I mentioned ‘Disney Pictures’ and ‘was or wasn’t released in the cinema’ but they were still sequels

          • Manuel Orozco

            My bad.

          • Anthony Raphael

            No worries, I think the reason they had to make the direct to video sequels was mainly to keeps the characters still relevant at that time. I didn’t think they realised how legendary these characters are till this day.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Obviously you are right. However with big effort like this, Wreck It Ralph 2 may turn out to be even better.

          • Anthony Raphael

            OH 100% I have faith in WDA

          • Manuel Orozco

            Because most of Disney’s DTV sequels didn’t stand a chance. Some were good but not good enough. Which is why out of DisneyToons stuff (that’s the studio that makes them), I prefer the CGI Tinker Bell movies. I have faith as well

      • Tim Tran

        those are DisneyToon Studios…..Although they’re now under WDAS’ wings, they were not, and they’re an entirely separate creative team. So no, WDAS does not have the most sequels. It, in fact, has the least.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Well I won’t count on WDAS becoming Pixar just yet in terms of sequel creativity

  • Tim Tran

    and btw, those puns for brands is exactly like Zootopia’s puns…

  • james rath

    Excited! But what does that mean for Gigantic? Hopefully sooner than later.

    • Dont think Disney is releasing anything in 2017, I think theyre keeping their “every other year release 2 movies” schedule. So I’m guessing late 2018 for Gigantic.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Actually that is the case. Which means Frozen 2 won’t be until 2020

      • It’s odd they would purposely miss out on an Oscar year and then have two of their own films compete, but then again the Oscars aren’t the main goal anyway.

        • Manuel Orozco

          Odd is right. Their main goal anyway is to please the us fans and make themselves money at the exact time.

  • I’m getting mixed bag emotions here. Is it bad that I’m getting a “Cars 2” vibe? Then again Wreck-it-Ralph’s world might have more to offer and explore… Honestly, at this point, I’m just gonna hang on tight and enjoy the thrill of this ride.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’m going to enjoy the thrill too

  • Wow I honestly didn’t see this coming! Not that I don’t want a sequel far from it I loved the first one but….WOW I AM SO EXCITED!!!

  • Braden

    I would rather see original content from the studio but it seems like they could have a good story here. My only issue is that I feel like even though the worlds of Wreck-It Ralph, Zootopia, and Big Hero 6 have unexplored territory I don’t think that warrants a sequel. Ralph and Vanellope’s story wrapped up so nicely and this honestly feels like a cash grab. I’m also upset that Gigantic got pushed back. I just hope Disney has some balance instead of giving us a huge string of sequels over the next couple years.

    • I agree, sometimes uncharted waters are supposed to be left uncharted. You can’t hope to make sequels just to explain everything.

      • Dave 52

        But this movie doesn’t even sound like it is trying to explain something more so just opening up new possibilities.

        • Just my point of view I guess. Not hating the idea of a sequel, just nervous about the whole “new territory” reasoning. Knowing that this is coming the actual Disney and not Toon, I have faith it’ll turn out alright.

          • Manuel Orozco

            I have faith too

    • Dave 52

      How does this feel like a cash grab? They wanted to make a sequel ever since they wrapped up their first one and many have wanted a sequel since the first one.

      Also, if the world that you have created in your movie has more possibilities and you have a good story that you want to tell and think would make a good movie then take that opportunity to tell that story. Some movies don’t even get the opportunity to tell more stories in their world even if they do have a story to tell, so it’s a joy when a movie does get a chance to tell a story they think would make a great movie. Wreck It Ralph is perfect example of that.

      As for Gigantic, if pushing it back gives it an opportunity to work on some things and be the best movie it can be that is fine.

    • Tim Tran

      I honestly think they should have spinoff films from these worlds through DisneyToon Studios. They had Tinker Bell spinoff from Peter Pan and Planes spinoff from Cars. Maybe they could have a spinoff of another character exploring the arcade, or another animal dealing problems in Zootopia, or maybe Baymax spinoff.

      • Manuel Orozco

        That would be an awesome idea

  • Dimitris Koliniatis

    What about Frozen 2?? 🙁 I hate the fact that this will come out before Frozen 2 -_-

    • Manuel Orozco

      No offense but I think it’s a good thing we are getting this before Frozen 2.

    • Dave 52

      This deserves a sequel more than Frozen does.

  • Wow, this is incredibly exciting news! Wreck-it Ralph is one of the films Disney has released that I really, really want to have a sequel – not to wrap up plotlines, but because the characters and world were so great that I can see so many possibilities for great stories.

  • Manuel Orozco

    Wreck It Ralph is one of my Disney favorites! I wanted this sequel for the last three years.

  • Andres

    Whenever I read announcements like this, I feel blessed for growing up with the ‘real’ Disney.

    • Manuel Orozco

      You seem very lucky

    • You grew up in the forties when Walt was alive?

    • Tim Tran

      “real” Disney? As in, Walt’s times? How old are you?
      Renaissance is as “real” as modern Disney….

  • Harith Sami

    What if they plugged a Microwave instead of a phone !
    This movie seems very interesting and when I saw Wreck-it Ralph for the first time, I started thinking about exploring game consoles and smart phone world and I’m happy with what they are going with, this opens lots of different possibilities and they seem on track with their real-life apps parodies.
    Ready to see some Apple devices (because Pixar, John Lasseter, Steve Jobs and stuff) sadly we will not see Angry Birds, unless Disney makes a deal with Sony to share a popular icon in their movie universe that its colored RED and slings him self in the air…if U get what I’m saying…

  • YES! FINALLY! Ralph is my favorite of the Lasseter era Disney films so I’m glad to see it be continued, so many ideas that went unused I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

    • Manuel Orozco

      Mine too tied with Big Hero 6

  • Baymax

    Wreck It Ralph is a good film, but it is one of the weaker points of the Revival era. The ending was sweet, and a sequel isn’t needed in my opinion. In other words…

    • Manuel Orozco

      That’s funny you included that photo because I saw Cats Don’t Dance for the first time four years ago a few months before Wreck it Ralph was released.

      • Baymax

        cool 🙂

        • Manuel Orozco

          Cats Don’t Dance isn’t something great but it’s an absolute delight for a cult classic. If I did watch it when I was little, I would have liked the movie even less not familiar with all the classics they parody.

          • Baymax

            yeah. I didn’t get the references when I was little, (this coming from an 11 year old) but as I’m older, and being a movie buff, I find the jokes worth a chuckle or 2.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Interesting to hear

          • Manuel Orozco

            And I’m a movie buff too

  • GabzGirl

    Yessss! Wreck it Ralph is one of my favourite Disney Revival films and I’m super happy to hear it’s getting a sequel! Wonder if we’ll finally get more Nintendo characters this time…

  • Ryan Prieto

    I hope they have “safe search” on.

  • Dante Panora

    Although the world of Wreck-it Ralph allows for alot of imaginative visuals and stories, there’s a slim chance that this could be signaling that the Disney revival will be coming to and end around that time. What with this and Frozen getting a sequel, it seems like this could be a start of a trend that slowly chips away at the originality of their movies. They could still be great movies, but it’s just a thought.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Well I think we will still have original stories in some way shape form or fashion.

      • Dante Panora

        True. But original does not exactly equate to good. I’m just saying that Disney has had many ebbs and flows in terms of the quality of their content, and I think at some point in the early 2020s they are going to drop the ball, like they did in the 2000s.

        What’s your take?

        • Manuel Orozco

          I rather take things one step at a time.

        • I think that’s not out of the question, but hopefully if they do drop the ball they get back on top quickly , or drop it in the way Pixar has, that is to say, Pixar may be weaker now, but damn is their stuff still good

      • Tim Tran

        that was what they said to Pixar too lol.

        • Manuel Orozco

          And it worked thanks to Inside Out who gave them the rebound they needed in time for Toy Story’s 20th anniversary last year.

  • Fadi Antwan

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! I’ve been asking for this ever since I saw Wreck-it Ralph! THANK YOU DISNEY!

    • Manuel Orozco

      Me too!

  • Phin68

    Is this about online gaming? If that’s the case, there’s definitely a lot of rich potential to be explored here. Even while I’m not the biggest Wreck-it Ralph fan (I prefer Tangled, Big Hero 6, etc), I don’t mind seeing a sequel happen.

  • This movie will be very interesting to see, especially to see all the references to big brands in the poster.

  • This makes me wonder if Gigantic is having story problems. I think a Ralph sequel could be good. At the same time it feels like too many sequels bunched together compared to classic Disney. But I would rather see a Zootopia or Ralph sequel than relive my Frozen cringe. I am curious if Ralph 2 will be more like online mmo games or internet memes lol.

    • Manuel Orozco

      As much as I liked Frozen, I would rather see a Ralph sequel too.

    • Dante Panora

      You didn’t like Frozen? Or you REALLY liked Frozen?

      • Not trying to be a hater since I love Disney, but I was passionately disappointed with Frozen…

        • Manuel Orozco

          I was only a little disappointed with Frozen. I wasn’t expecting it to be perfect anyway.

    • Dave 52

      “At the same time it feels like too many sequels bunched together compared to classic Disney”

      You do realize that ever since Disney had started making CG animated movies they haven’t released one sequel right? It’s been mostly originals and the only ones we have is Ralph 2 and Frozen 2 and that’s it.

      • Yeah that’s exactly what I was pointing out. That Ralph 2 & Frozen 2 seem close together, both were recent films, and that Disney seems to be going down the franchise path like the other studios. As you said, they haven’t been the type of studio to do that before now, besides The Rescuers Down Under & not counting the direct-to-video sequels. I’m not against good sequels or franchises it’s just…less room for originals, I guess.

  • Fluffydips

    So many debby downers in this thread, Jesus Christ. Honestly I think this is a fucking marvelous idea. It’ll be like the first legit interpretation of the internet as an actual place. It’s going to be fucking massive and glorious. As long as they don’t have dumb obvious jokes about the internet it’s going to be awesome. Unless you hate Ralph or Vanellope I see no reason to diss this movie.

  • spacelurker

    I want this to be good. Please be good.

  • Míriam

    I know we all get very cautious when we see “Disney” and “sequel” in the same sentence, most likely because we all have been traumatized by some DisneyToon direct to video sequels (Pocahontas 2, I’m looking at you). But Pixar has proven that a sequel can be just as good, or even better, than an original movie, as long as it’s done right (that is, because they have an amazing story to tell, and not as a cash-grab that doesn’t care if they ruin the original movie and shatters a kids’ dream). Now, we’re entering uncharted territory and only time will tell, but I for one am super excited with these news, and would be for a sequel of Zootopia or BH6 as well. Even Frozen 2 got me excited, to be honest. I think WDAS is in a roll and regardless of their movies being original or sequels, I think they’re very capable of surprising and amazing us.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Amen to that! Even Monsters University was good as the original Monsters Inc. (happy 15th anniversary) despite changing continuity of Mike & Sully’s first meeting for the sole purpose of bringing Billy Crystal and John Goodman back. Toy Story 3 belongs in that category too (not the 2nd but just my opinion).