Wreck-It Ralph sequel to feature Mario?

Director Rich Moore says it "would be great" for sequel to feature iconic Nintendo mascot.

A sequel to last month's chart-topping game-focused animated film Wreck-It Ralph may feature iconic Nintendo mascot Mario. Director Rich Moore told MovieHole that he is currently constructing ideas for the next entry, adding that he is dead-set on having Mario play a part.

"We'll really come up with something good for Mario to do [in the next film]," Moore said. "To be able to present him in the sequel would be great."

The filmmaker also elaborated on why Mario was not among the cast for the first film, which included Mario nemesis Bowser, as well as Dr. Robotnik and others. Moore said Mario's absence from the first entry was not due to any rights issue from Nintendo, but rather, he could not find an appropriate place for the portly plumber.

Wreck-It Ralph hit theaters November 2 and earned $49.1 million in United States box office revenue during its debut. It was the top-grossing film in its launch weekend, outpacing Back to the Future and Cast Away director Robert Zemeckis' new film Flight in the number two spot.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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jaspermur
jaspermur

No sequel please. I don't see where you could go with the story line with a sequel.

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

I hope the part is small. I can't stand his post Super Show voice!

Cephrien
Cephrien

All I know is that if Mario gets put into the next film, there needs to be a scene at Tapper's where it shows him and Sonic having a root beer.

electro57
electro57

Might as well add Pikachu while they are at it.

simon1812
simon1812

"but rather, he could not find an appropriate place for the portly plumber."

 

yeah? what I read was that Nintendo was charging way too much for letting them filmakers have Mario and Luigi in their movie. guessing now that the movie proved to be quite a success, nintendo will cut them a slack and make a better deal for the Mario Bros.

 

PS

 

its worth pointing,  in Nintendo's defense, they have had bad experience when trying to put the  Mario Bros. in a movie.

Takeno456
Takeno456

That would be pretty cool and probably funny as well.

2complicated
2complicated

Mario (and numerous other game characters) making a cameo appearance would be nice for the sequel.  But should special appearances alone be the only reason to see a movie?  They need to make the sequel engaging enough to be worth the watch, not cash in on some "Where's Waldo-esque" eye-candy for one-tenth of a movie.  Sounds like they want Mario to be their scapegoat.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I honestly think Mario would steal the spotlight if he was included. 

 

Wouldn't mind seeing Kirby though. 

funkymonkey4710
funkymonkey4710

Yes and my boyish dream of having a Nintendo world in Kingdom Hearts is slowly coming together... soon Disney shall own everything through small deals like these MUAH HA HA HA!!!! Move over Oprah, there is a new HBIC!

Oswards306
Oswards306

They're going to put Mario in there next Disney film... WHAT what they don't mean they're going to put him in the 2013 future Disney film Frozen.

Zanoh
Zanoh

That's good news. The first movie gave me the feeling of: "Sorry Disney...Your Mario's in another castle."

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

disney... you want mario? of course we know you want him..but you cant have him..wuahaha..

hickabickabooya
hickabickabooya

Great film, and I woudn't mind a sequel. Not sure if I care about mario having a role in it past "background shot" since I really liked the paraody game characters the movie came up with.

17n5
17n5

heroes duty = starcraft

Lattata
Lattata

I liked the movie. I'm actually looking forward to a series out of it. It's pretty cool.

Lpedraja2002
Lpedraja2002

Damn! I missed this movie in the theater :( 

 

Lol is that picture from a scene from the movie?  Zangief and Bison lol!

dxBIGBOSSxb
dxBIGBOSSxb

Absolutely loved this film. Easily Animated picture of the year.

 

I would have liked it more if they had a more climactic fight at the end, or more game hoping, but for what it is, it was not only a work of art but the best video game inspired movie I've ever seen... and trust me, I've seen them all thinking Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy were the best that genres would ever go... yet, they were still awful.

flashn00b
flashn00b

I still think that Doomguy should make a cameo.

trdrstv
trdrstv

" but rather, he could not find an appropriate place ..."

 

He gave the same reason for not including TRON references dispite Disney owning it he couldn't figure a way to include it without feeling forced which I can see because frankly there wasn't as much "machine hopping" as I expected and a good half (or more) of the movie took place inside "Sugar Rush".

ewjiml
ewjiml

After reluctantly going to the movies with my boy to see this movie, I am happy to say it is one of the few animated flicks I have actually laughed at.  It is too bad that none of the old school nintendo characters spoke but from I hear, it was because nintendo is very strict with others using their mascots.  Capcom apparently does not have that issue. like with Zangief  "I crush men like sparrow egg between thigh."

spike1357
spike1357

i thought mario was who they were basing the Fix-It Felix, Jr. character on. at least from the old school DK days

Leir_Bag
Leir_Bag

I would absolutelly love anything from The Legend of Zelda. Mario himself appearing is still very good though.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Well, I hope he does Mario some Justice. I wouldn't mind A LOT more cameos either. Fun movie for sure.

Eliphs
Eliphs

I thought the movie was highly enjoyable.  It was tailored for small children and their parents who grew up with the classics which suited me as I'm in the 'older generation' category.

While it's nice to see posters wanted to see X character inserted into the movie, only that poster with a small handful of others would get that reference.  Mario is such a big deal because he's been around for a long time.  You may not like the game or the character but he is iconic in video game history.

Mario wasn't in the movie because the hefty licensing fee couldn't be justified for a mere cameo.

Wyckid
Wyckid

Better have Charles Martinet in that $#!+.

blackace
blackace

i thought the film was good. It may have been a bit overhyped. It's not as good as say The Incredibles, Toy Story series, Ratatouille or Kung Fu Panda. It's about as good as Monster's Inc or Wall-E. Still, I saw it in 3D and thought it was decent. Was cool seeing all these gaming characters together. I really hope they focus more on the real gaming characters and less the new ones they created. It really seems like the gaming characters were just there for show, but not used for most of the film. After the villains meeting, you really don't get to see them again till the end. Hopefully they all can be incorporated more in the sequel. Give Mario decent role.

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

I never did get to see this movie but wanted to...

catsimboy
catsimboy

How about keeping the story focused on video games this time instead of letting it turn into a racing movie? Leave that crap to Vin Diesel.

Eliphs
Eliphs

 @trdrstv Having Tron in the movie would have been a little TOO meta for my tastes.  People entering a virtual world interacting with  virtual characters jumping from virtual world to virtual world to meet other virtual characters?  Yowza.

Oswards306
Oswards306

@KratosHump3R that's a manga charecter not a video-game charecter.

k16campbell
k16campbell

 @Wyckid I don't think they could use any other voice actor. No Martinet, then no Mario. 

KratosHump3R
KratosHump3R

 @blackace I wouldn't even compare it. If anything you can only compare it to Tangled. This isn't Pixar, its the Disney animation team

StinkySkunkGirl
StinkySkunkGirl

 @plashy No, bad! Stick to the script. Your line is "BRAAIINS!". Braindead zombies aren't allowed to say anything else.

96augment
96augment

 @plashy You know you're supposed to read the article before you comment on it?

ewjiml
ewjiml

 @plashy 

I read the first sentence and then realized that the comment has no credibility. 

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

 @plashy How can it be a FORCED inclusion when HE WASN'T IN THE FILM? And he wasn't in the film because the director wanted him to have a role that wasn't forced. Fucking moron.

catsimboy
catsimboy

 @Darkmoone1

 Indeed, but how many racing games are about obnoxious little girls in candy cars in a world that looks disturbingly similar to Ninjabread Man's world.