Most have heard by now that the Tron franchise is getting yet another installment. Tron: Legacy, while it may not have measured up to the strict expectations of many old school fans, did manage to make its fair share of cash and bring a pretty entertaining story. The third in the franchise, Tron 3 for lack of a working title, is currently in the scriptwriting stages. Legacy director Joseph Kosinski will be back to try his hands at this one as well, or at least as long as the idea is right, says he.
When asked about this project, Kosinski had this to say to Collider:
Well the only reason to go back, for me and I think for anyone involved would be if we could do something truly spectacular. We’ve been talking about it for a couple years and there’s always been this idea, a big idea, in the back of my head that we’ve been talking about. The idea itself, the notion of what the next Tron could be, is exciting enough that it would be worth going back to do it. Obviously we hinted some things at the end of Legacy, it’s kind of there for people to see what that potential is. So we just want to make sure that we have a script that delivers on that promise on an epic scale.
I’ve said it would have to be our Empire Strikes Back for me to come back and for me to pull the whole team back together. I think we do have that idea. We do have the idea that feels big and really blows the doors off this franchise. It’s hinted at promises of something for two movies now, for thirty years, so it’s time to deliver on that. But the script’s got to be at a level that makes it worth going back for, because it’s a lot of work to make a movie like this and it’s a multi-year project. So we’ve got our writer Jesse Wigutow on it right now writing, and fingers crossed if it all comes together, as we hope it will, there could be another Tron in the next few years, and it’s going to be awesome.
So there are still some conditions as to whether it will even get made or not, but at least it sounds hopeful. Currently finishing up on Oblivion, Kosinski had a few more things to say regarding how soon he might be able to start on the new Tron project:
There is certainly a chance, like I said; we’re writing the script now. Sometimes with these things all the pieces fall into place. I mean, we’ve been talking about this for years and we don’t have the script now, but sometimes things fall into place very quickly, and if everything lines up it could happen. That’s all I can say, it’s too early.
Personally, I’m glad to hear they’re taking their time on this one and that Kosinski seems dedicated to getting it right. As long as he learned a few lessons from making Tron: Legacy and can clean up some of the stuff that went wrong there, we could be looking at the kick-ass Tron flick that geeks were crossing their fingers for when the second movie arrived.
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.