After the announcement today that Wreck-It Ralph 2 was confirmed for March 9, 2018, Collider released an interview they had with the film’s director a few days back. They discussed the new setting of the entire internet, cameo characters, returning characters, and how to differentiate the film from its predecessor.
Rich Moore first spoke about what time period the film takes place in, and how far after the first one the sequel is.
Well, it will take place in current day. It’ll be just like the first one. So it will be exactly four years, or no, six years after the first Wreck-It Ralph. The current day timeline.
Moore said title Super Wreck-It Ralph is also currently on the table for the sequel as a nod to the Super Nintendo.
You know what, it is definitely on the board. Since the day you said that, it was like, that’s a really good title. The one thing is because it’s so about the Internet and less about arcade games, it might not be the perfect fit. But spiritually, it is my favorite frontrunner right now. But I’m not sure if it’s going to make the cut, man. But it’s definitely in the running.
Moore went on to discuss cameos within the film, as the previous included many favorites like Sonic, Q-Bert, and Pac-Man.
It was very interesting going to the people at NAMCO, people at Sony who own things like Q*Bert and trying to explain things like what this movie was about and how Pac-Man played a part and Q*Bert and Tapper. So like you say now that we actually have something that we can point to and say, “okay, it’s going to be a continuation of this movie,” hopefully it will be an easier task to line up some cameos and other video game stars… and even like bringing up TRON, because I loved that game too, as a teenager. And we weren’t able to work it into the first one, and as of right now, I can tell you that there is a nod to TRON. If it will make it to the very end of the process, that’s always part of our journey. But definitely I’m a fan of that game and of those films, so it would be really nice to have it in.
Finally, Moore spoke about how this sequel would be different from Wreck-It Ralph in both the setting and tone.
I’m finding out we don’t want to just do more of the same, but also we don’t want to do something so different that it doesn’t even feel like it’s from the first movie or doesn’t relate to the first one. So we’re really trying to find that balance of how can we have those great kind of references to retro arcade culture but also have it feel that this is also a contemporary world with newer games, newer – everything you can find on the Internet. Or just about everything that can be represented in a family film. [laughs] We’re trying to kind of make that balance of both.
It looks like there’s a lot to get excited about for Wreck-It Ralph 2, and I can’t wait until its release in March of 2018.