Yesterday at the Galway Film Fleadh, one of Ireland’s leading film festivals, John C. Reilly told reporters that he had “signed on” for a sequel to Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph. Reilly voiced the eponymous lead, Ralph, in the original 2012 film directed by Rich Moore.
According to a tweet by the Irish Independent, Reilly told audiences that he made the deal with Disney “right here in Galway, on the phone.”
Disney itself has not yet announced the sequel, but both director Rich Moore and actress Sarah Silverman (voice of Vanellope von Schweetz) have hinted at the possibility of a sequel in older interviews. Reilly’s announcement, which according to him is based on developments from the past few days, strongly suggests that Disney is now pressing forward with the follow-up.
The first Wreck-It Ralph grossed $471.2 million globally, which although modest by the standards of the studio’s last two films, is sufficiently respectable to merit a sequel. In recent years, Disney has made “brands and franchises” the centerpiece of its corporate strategy, essentially guaranteeing a sequel or follow-up of some sort to any successful project.