Tron: Legacy has been a moderate success and Disney is taking their light cycle and rolling it straight to the bank. Called Tron: Uprising, the animated series will debut on Disney’s XD channel (it’s like Spike TV for young boys) during the summer of 2010. Sporting a voice cast of A-list actors like Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Nate Corddry, Lance Henriksen it should be quite the series. Even Bruce Boxleitner coming back to reprise his role as Tron once again, how sweet is that. Included in this is a 10-part micro-series, set to premiere that fall. Just what will the grid contain in for Kevin Flynn and Tron in Tron: Uprising?
Here’s a special glimpse into the animated world of The Grid after the jump.
In a recent interview with Box Office Magazine (thanks to a notice from Ain’t It Cool News ) Adam Horowitz, co-screenwriter for Tron: Legacy, said that the series is being treated “very seriously” and that it will take place during the Tron timeline.
So we’re going to see Flynn as the hero of the series leading programs against Clu and Tron in an uprising to take back control of The Grid? Not exactly.
“This animated show will take place from when Flynn is in a safe house. It’s from when Clu takes over the grid to before when Sam comes in. So if you were wondering what was the grid like before that, then watch the show”
Kevin Flynn is still going to be our hero right. If you’ve already seen Tron: Legacy you already know the answer to that folks. The show will actually focus on a character named Beck (voiced by Wood) leading the uprising against Clu. But that’s only the icing this cake, according to Horowitz, who will be a consulting producer for show, alongside co-screenwriter Edward Kitsis, the series will be an opportunity to expand on characters and any loose ends that were not explored in Legacy.
“To give you an example of how we approached storytelling sometimes is like when you’re in the End of Line club, when we first meet Castor and he’s being berated by one of the patrons saying, ‘I want an audience with Zuse.’ His name is Bartik, and there’s an entire back story we have for him. The guy with him, his name is Hopper, there’s a whole thing between the two of them, what they are doing in there, and how they got there.”
“It’s like over the years of developing this movie, we developed all these mythologies and all these back stories and all little tangential things. Did we have time to do the Bartik story? No. But now maybe the Bartik story is in the animated series —you know, he’s got a huge scar on his face. I want to know how he got that scar. We couldn’t sit down and write that there’s a guy with a scar on his face without knowing what the scar was. So we hope it adds to the depth of the movie.”
“Our intention is to try and make something that is more than just, let’s go get something. We treat TRON very, very seriously and as writers we try to have a reason and a world for everything and not all of it gets to be shown because in this particular movie, we only had two hours. [So] hopefully it fills in the blanks in and in a fun way and an intriguing way.”
Tron is a series that could have been played as an animated series years ago and still made millions. With it’s ability to pull in an audience and it’s storytelling it’s a perfect fit for anyone to enjoy. Like a user and their data disk, the show and an animated series are made for each other. It’s all going to depend on what kind of direction the series will be taken into, not to mention the style of the animation. Could we see the original costumes of the Tron universe only to end up watching as not only The Grid upgrades but also the programs. With a year and a half to wait is seems like a sweet idea to roll with and it has the story to leap into. It just depends on what they think is the right direction to go.
What do you think about Tron: Uprising?