– by Joseph Jammer Medina

For the past couple years, actor John C. Reilly has pretty much stated that there was definitely a WRECK-IT RALPH sequel in the works over at Disney Animation Studios, but like with most things, we could only take his word with a grain of salt. In the grand scheme of things, actors are usually the last ones to know about things, and even if there was a sequel in the works, there was the possibility that it would get caught up in development hell before reaching audiences.

Now, in an official video from the Facebook account, Walt Disney Animation Studios has confirmed that WRECK-IT RALPH 2 will be making its way into theaters on March 9, 2018. Attached to direct the film is Rich Moore (who directed the first WRECK-IT RALPH as well as the more recent ZOOTOPIA) and Phil Johnston (who co-wrote WRECK-IT RALPH and ZOOTOPIA), so they’ve definitely attached the right folks to the project.

Click here to check out the announcement video!

In addition to the announcement, Disney has also released the first image for the film, which looks to be a piece of concept art giving us an idea of what to expect from the sequel.

From the looks of the image, it seems like Ralph and Vanellope will be making the leap into the online gaming world. As wonderful as the original WRECK-IT RALPH film was, it was definitely set in something of an archaic gaming landscape — the world of arcades. Now, with WRECK-IT RALPH 2, Ralph and company will get to interact with a whole new host of characters made available through the world wide web! 

Gaming has evolved tremendously over the past few decades, and one way it’s done so is through online gaming — which has many aspects to it such as social media, in-game purchases, beta periods (which could hopefully pave the way for more jokes regarding game bugs), and general online play. It’ll be interesting to see how Disney handles this change, as it’ll make for a very interesting dynamic given Ralph’s more “classic” origins. 

What do you hope to see from the film? Let us know in the comments down below!

WRECK-IT RALPH 2 wrecks its way into theaters on March 9, 2018!

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SOURCE: Deadline, Walt Disney Animation Studios (1), (2)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.