Actor John C. Reilly revealed almost a year ago that a sequel to acclaimed 2012 film "Wreck-It Ralph" is definitely happening. Now, Disney Animation has officially announced the flick, and scheduled a release date.

Co-directors Rich Moore (who helmed the original) and Phil Johnston (who co-wrote the original) made the announcement on Facebook Live on Thursday, explaining that they actually began thinking about "Wreck-It Ralph 2" as soon as they finished working on the first flick. The follow-up has been in development for several years now, Moore and Johnston said, and now, Disney is ready to officially unveil its plans for the project, and its release date: March 9, 2018.

Reilly later popped up in the announcement video -- sporting the toy version of his titular character's giant, destructive hands -- to utter his famous catchphrase ("I'm gonna wreck it!"), while also revealing a little bit about the sequel's plot.

"It's top secret, but I'll tell you this much: Ralph leaves the arcade, and wrecks the internet," Reilly announced. "What could go wrong?"

Disney animation also revealed some concept art, which depicts Ralph and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) towering over a bunch of familiar-sounding sites (though names like Amazing, Buzzaholic, and Gügle are just different enough to distance themselves from their likely real-life inspirations Amazon, BuzzFeed, and Google). Check it out below.

"Wreck-It Ralph 2" hits theaters on March 9, 2018.

[via: Disney, Wreck-It Ralph]

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