We’re only talking about Wreck-It Ralph 3 because the first one did so well. Coming near the beginning of what is known as Disney’s “Revival Era,” after a rough period for Disney animation in the 2000s, Wreck-It Ralph was a massive hit for Disney animation. After being in development for decades under a variety of names like High Score, Joe Jump and Reboot Ralph, Wreck-It Ralph came out November 2012, making $189 million in the United States, and $471 million worldwide. Six years later in 2018, the film’s sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet, would do even better, earning $201 million in the U.S. and $529 million worldwide.
While Ralph Breaks the Internet is only two years old, it’s never too early to start thinking about a third film in this series. If the current pattern is anything to go by, a third could theoretically come out by 2024, so let’s look and see if a Wreck-It Ralph 3 will happen.
What Wreck It Ralph’s Creators Have Said
In an interview with ComicBook.com soon after the release of Ralph Breaks the Internet, co-directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore make it sound like they’re completely happy with ending the series with the second one. “I mean, I don’t know because I feel good about where they’re at, said Johnston.
The continued talking about what it would take to make Wreck-It Ralph 3 saying, “I mean 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? Like he’s really, like John Reilly said in the press conference. The internet represents the sort of 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. And Vanellope is just coming of age, she’s just finding that thing that makes her passionate, and I don’t know.”
The Plot Of Wreck It Ralph 3
At a press junket for Ralph Breaks the Internet, Moore and Johnston told Moviefone they did have a few concepts for Wreck-It Ralph 3. Johnston said, “Ralph gets into a 3D printer…and he prints himself and he comes into our world.” But then Johnston’s ideas completely goes off the rails, “He coaches a Little League team. A band of misfits and they win the World Series.” Or Bad News Ralphs, as Moore calls it.
Moore’s concept for Wreck-It Ralph 3 is a bit darker, “Imagine, in a world where two best friends are separated by the expanse of the internet and one is taken. So it’s an animated Taken where Ralph gets kidnapped…and Vanellope is the Liam Neeson character who gets the princesses involved in finding, taking back Ralph.”
In an interview with CINEMABLEND, Moore and Johnston commented that someone could theoretically do a Wreck-It Ralph 3 the Disney Princesses. But given that with the exception of Ralph Breaks the Internet, Disney has been against mixing their various franchises, this idea while technically possible is ultimately unlikely.
When talking to the Toronto Sun, star John C. Reilly had his own ideas for a theoretical Wreck-It Ralph 3, “Where does he go from here? Maybe satellites? Now that he and his pal Vanellope can get themselves into the Internet, why wouldn’t they beam themselves right out into space?” Reilly continued, “Why wouldn’t they go to the Hubble telescope and break that?”
The possibilities seem endless. There’s no limit to the things that Ralph and Vanellope could break together in Wreck-It Ralph 3.
Will Wreck It Ralph 3 Happen?
While Disney has made plenty of direct-to-video sequels, Walt Disney Animation Studios proper have only made four sequels to their Disney animated classics. In fact, The Walt Disney Animation Studios didn’t make a sequel for fifty-three years, not until the release of 1990’s The Rescuers Down Under. Since then, sequels have still been rather sparse, and only three other sequels have been released: Fantasia 2000, Ralph Breaks the Internet in 2018, and Frozen II in 2019. The possibility of sequels has certainly picked up in recent years, but they’re still extremely unlikely.
That being said, if there were to be a Wreck-It Ralph 3, it would be the first film in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ history to receive a third installment. Considering how much flack Pixar received for overdoing it with their sequels, Disney will likely learn from their mistakes and try to shy away from an abundance of sequels. Plus, if Disney were to make a trilogy out of any of their recent animated films, it seems far more likely they’d focus on Frozen III.
While there’s nothing that says that Disney would bring back the same creative team from the previous two films for Wreck-It Ralph 3, one of the men behind Wreck-It Ralph’s creative team no longer works for Disney. Variety reported in 2019 that writer and director of both Wreck-It Ralph and Ralph Breaks the Internet, Rich Moore had left Disney to work with Sony Pictures Animation. Moore also co-wrote and co-directed Disney’s 2016 film, Zootopia, and most importantly, voiced Zangief in the Wreck-It Ralph films.
Despite Moore’s leaving, Ralph Breaks the Internet director Phil Johnston seems to still work for Disney, so there’s nothing to say that he couldn’t helm a Wreck-It Ralph 3.
What Disney Could Make Instead
Wreck-It Ralph 3 isn’t on the schedule currently but a lot of other things are. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ next project is Raya and the Last Dragon, which was just recently delayed until March 12, 2021. The DisInsider also reported that the studio’s film after that will be Encanto, from Zootopia co-director Byron Howard and Zootopia co-writer Jared Bush. Lin-Manuel Miranda has also been confirmed to be working on Encanto as well.
According to Walt Disney Studios’ release schedule, which was last updated in April and has had multiple changes since, Disney has two untitled animated films coming up. The first film was originally planned for release on November 23, 2022, with the other prepped for a November 22, 2023 release. Of course, these dates are subject to change, considering Disney’s recent shifting of their schedule, but with some exceptions, Disney has mostly tried to stick to releasing one animated film per year. One of these untitled releases could potentially be the highly-rumored Zootopia II, although Disney has yet to confirm this film is in the works. We could always be surprised and discover that one of these untitled films is Wreck-It Ralph 3.
As of right now, there doesn’t seem to be any concrete plans for a Wreck-It Ralph 3. Since Walt Disney Animation Studios has never made a trilogy and with Moore leaving Disney, the likelihood of Ralph and Vanellope breaking anything else in the near future is increasingly slim the more time passes.