Man, how many statements is it going to take until big ol' Disney formally announces this film to the public?
Wreck-It Ralph 2... Is it a thing? It sure is.
Director Rich Moore (who, with Byron Howard, also gave us Disney Animation's latest smash Zootopia) has been gung ho about revisiting the world of Wreck-It Ralph from the moment the film debuted in fall 2012. Composer Henry Jackman mentioned in April 2014 that a sequel was being written, and since then we've had all kinds of hints and such going around (John C. Reilly saying he has signed to do a 2, the TAG Blog accidentally listing it before being told to erase it), proving that Walt Disney Animation Studios really plans to make a sequel to Moore's video game adventure-comedy. I've been following this all very closely, and everything has lined up so far...
In speaking with IGN UK, he pretty much confirmed it's happening. Once again we've heard from people other than Disney brass that it's a thing. Chris Tilly of IGN put it this way...
"While speaking with the writer-director at the Zootropolis junket, IGN asked if a sequel is on the cards, to which Moore laughed and responded with the words 'maybe, maybe' and then nodded and mouthed the word 'yes.'"
Reminds me of another interview he did, where he stealth-confirmed it while realizing that maybe he shouldn't have said a few particular words.
"I think the world of that first film is so big and the characters are very rich and I just think that they have more stories in them... The end of the movie felt like a launching point. It felt like it wouldn’t be straining to tell another story in that world as some films are. To me, I feel like I can definitely see where it would go, and I think the audience kind of felt that way too."
Ever since the first film came out, Moore had also mentioned wanting to finally get Mario in the picture. Mario doesn't show up in the first film, for he and the filmmakers felt that giving him a mere cameo wouldn't have been appropriate.
"In the first one we didn’t have Mario... so it would be great to have the great Mario in a second one if we did it," he added, going on to say that the company has a good relationship with Nintendo.
I'm in Japan promoting Zootopia for a week, and then it's right back to work on the next project...because I care❤️ https://t.co/8gHj44cLMA— Rich Moore (@_rich_moore) March 22, 2016
Anyways, we're all waiting for Disney themselves to confirm it. My best guess is that they've been waiting because A) the story, and B) Zootopia.
Let's look at Frozen 2 for a second. Frozen came out in November 2013, and had topped $1 billion at the worldwide box office in the spring of 2014. Disney didn't announce a sequel right away, though it was indeed hinted at. Disney waited until March 2015 to announce the sequel, at a shareholder conference no less. At that point, directing-writing team Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee felt the story was in decent shape. The other day Kristen Bell hinted at the story being in very good shape and that voice recording will begin very soon, indicating that the film will indeed be bowing in two years...
I think what happened was, Wreck-It Ralph 2's story really began to pick up steam in early-to-mid 2014 (around the time Jackman made his "it's being written" comment) and some real progress was being made. In animation, and film in general, it takes a few years for the story to really brew. Then in November 2014... This we all know is true: Byron Howard was running into some roadblocks with his Zootopia, and Moore was added as director. He had to temporarily halt "another project" in the process... Wreck-It Ralph 2 had to wait, for bunnies and foxes needed some help.
My guess? Disney will formally announce Wreck-It Ralph 2 during or after Zootopia's release in Japan. Zootopia is scheduled to hit there on April 23, Wreck-It Ralph was considerably big in Japan, so around that time we might just hear something. What say you?