It’s good news for Programs as Justin Kroll over at Deadline is reporting that Garth Davis, director of “Lion”, will helm Disney’s new “Tron” movie starring Jared Leto.
That’s right, with nothing to report for years, the last few months have seen a lot of action on the grid as Disney seems fully committed to making another Tron film. The Oscar nominated Davis, who cut his teeth on the Australian series “Top of the Lake”, earning him Emmy/BAFTA nominations, will be stepping into a big-budget tentpole for the first time.
EXCLUSIVE: After taking its time figuring out where it wants the next Tron installment to go, Disney’s sci-fi franchise looks to have new life as we are hearing Garth Davis has been tapped to direct the pic starring Jared Leto.
Davis has been better known for his smaller art house films over the years like 2018’s Mary Magdalene and his critically acclaimed 2016 drama Lion, which received six Oscar nominations including for Best Picture. Tron would mark Davis’ first tentpole, and though he is not known for big-budget projects, insiders say Davis aggressively pursued the job, eventually winning over execs.
The sequel to the 1982 original, Tron: Legacy would bring in $400 million worldwide in 2010, but any plans for a sequel were set aside so Disney could decide how to proceed. The studio eventually walked away from any sequel even after Leto attached himself in 2017, but reports surfaced last month that things were picking up again. The most recent script was penned by Jesse Wigutow but even that has yet to be finalized. There’s no word on whether Davis has read the script or if he has any say in the final draft.
Kroll smartly urges caution, as this project has not been without it’s ups and downs…
Davis coming on to the project signals the next installment may finally happen, but insiders still stress a greenlight has not been given. The film is still in development but Davis’ involvement is a push in the right direction for the future of the franchise.
It’s still very early in the process but with Leto attached as producer and star, it seems the viability of this film will rest on his shoulders. However, many things have to happen before cameras start to role and with the pandemic still keeping studios from fully opening, nothing will happen anytime soon.
Stay tuned Users!