Looks like Users and Programs will have a reason to celebrate, it’s being reported that things are happening with a reported Tron: Legacy sequel!
One of the many IP’s that received some much needed attention with the launch of the Disney+ streaming service was the 1982 film Tron. Written and directed by Steven Lisberger, the movie was a modest success at the time both critically and financially, most pointing to its groundbreaking visuals as a high point. As the years passed, the film gained more and more of a cult following with subsequent home releases including a 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition release in 2002.
Flash forward to 2010 and a sequel would finally hit theaters with Tron: Legacy. The film was directed by Joseph Kosinski and included the return of Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner, reprising their roles as Kevin Flynn and Alan Bradley. Similar to its predecessor, the film would be heralded for its special effects but the story left many critics wanting. And while it would go on to earn $400 million worldwide on a budget of $170 million, it was considered a box office disappointment.
Disney wasn’t deterred however as in 2012 the animated series Tron: Uprising debuted on Disney XD in the United States. Starring Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Bruce Boxleitner, and Nate Corddry, the story takes place in between Tron and Tron: Legacy. And while critically praised, the series would end after only 19 episodes thanks to low audience numbers.
So, with Tron, Tron: Legacy, and Tron: Uprising all readily available now thanks to Disney+, the hope was that a series or big screen follow-up was in the works. Rumors have dogged any potential sequel for some time, with Disney apparently a huge fan of the property. Earlier this year, a series was scrapped in favor of a preferred theatrical release and now we finally have some details to share.
Like I said, it’s been relatively quiet but thanks to our friends over at Disinsider, we have a small update for you…
A couple of months back, our trusted source informed us that a Tron reboot with Jared Leto is still in the works with a director search underway. Now, that is not the most significant update I’ve heard. From what I’ve been told, the film is expected to be more of Tron sequel rather than a reboot, and the cast from Tron: Legacy could return. It is unknown at this time if the film will follow the same story as the canceled third Tron film, Tron: Ascension, which would have seen the machine world of The Grid invade the real world. That was also rumored to have featured a character called Ares.
As a fan of Tron: Legacy, this is good news. While there’s no doubt the film didn’t live up to 28 years of fan expectations, visually and tonally it fit right in with the Tron esthetic. And by adding Jared Leto to the mix, the cast is only that much stronger, should they indeed incorporate the Legacy crew. None of this matters of course without a script or director, someone whose vision they trust to bring this to the big screen with a relative degree of optimism.
On those two fronts, while speaking on Light the Fuse podcast, Disney music executive Mitchell Leib recently had this to say on any potential Tron 3…
“..we’re looking at making a sequel to Tron now, we’re looking at Tron 3. And we’ve got a great script, I mean a really phenomenal script that we’re very excited about. Whereas the timing wasn’t right to have done it years ago, I think we feel like the timing is right now, and I feel like we’ve learned a lot of lessons from that last movie.”
As for a director…
“We don’t even know who would be directing it, I mean we’re hopeful Joe Kosinski would come back and do another one.”
Seems like they’ve been taking the slow and methodical approach to this one, understanding that for many, Tron: Legacy was a let down. Either way, we’re likely a long way off before anything more substantial than that gets reported. And with the pandemic nothing is going into full production anytime soon.
At least Daft Punk is in the conversation again!
Until next time.