‘Wreck-It Ralph’ director wants Nintendo’s Mario for sequel

Rich Moore says they'll write the Nintendo icon into the next film, if a sequel is green-lit

Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore has said he wants Mario for the sequel to the Disney’s animated film.

While there has been no announcement of a sequel, Moore has said he’ll include the Nintendo icon in the follow-up to Wreck-It Ralph if they get the green-light, as he was disappointed that he couldn’t find room for the character. “If we’re lucky enough to have a sequel then we’ll create that moment that’s perfect for [Mario],” he revealed.

In an interview with Digital Spy he explained why Mario missed out this time around: “Over the course of developing the story I was always looking for the perfect moment or scene to include Mario.”

He added: “But it had to be organic, it had to feel like [the scene] was made for him and unfortunately as we were developing the story that moment never made itself clear.”

Moore was quick to downplay a suggestion that it was a licensing issue that prevented Mario from appearing in the film, and pointed towards the inclusion of Mario’s nemesis Bowzer as proof.

Wreck-It Ralph is currently out in UK Cinemas. The Disney animated film about a computer game villain who wants to become a hero boasts a voice cast including John C Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer.