To be fair, I should give Disney the benefit of the doubt. I still haven’t seen Tron: Legacy (I’m a lazy Netflixer), and the film wasn’t a huge a bomb as I thought it would be. While it barely made its budget back here in the States, it was a big hit overseas, leading to a 400 million dollar total. I guess that’s nothing to complain about.
But that general lack of interest I was talking about? I know I’m NOT imagining that. I remember the hype machine was MASSIVE on Tron: Legacy. There was literally a news story about the movie every single day, even here on TMP. But then the movie came out, it was underwhelming, and the series was never discussed about again. Well, until now.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, claiming that Tron 3 (as it will hereby be referred to until it gets an official name) will be written by David Digilio, of Eight Below fame (there’s fame for that movie, right?) This of course means Tron: Legacy writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis will not be returning for the sequel. This is no surprise really, judging how they’re returning to TV as producers. Still up in the air is director Joseph Kosinski’s involvement, although I’d bet it won’t be happening. Disney didn’t make his movie Oblivion, so he shopped it around until Universal bought it. I doubt he’ll return to Disney after they refused to make his passion project.
Honestly, I’m not sure that’s a bad thing. Word on the street is that one of Tron:Legacy’s weakest aspect was its boring, by the books directing. I don’t blame Kosinski; it was his first directing job, and Disney probably “directed it” more than he did. Maybe hiring a more proven and experienced director could work in Disney’s favor. Or, maybe they got so power hungry last time that they’ll hire another newbie to use as their puppet. One of the two, I would assume.
While this is all good and swell, I can’t muster much more than a “meh.” And am I the only one who fills this way? Tell me: Does anyone care about the Tron franchise anymore?