In 1982, there was a quaint little Disney film by the name of Tron. It captured the imaginations of many during its time and created more than a few long-standing fans. More than 25 years later, in 2010, Disney sought to capitalize off this and put out a sequel called Tron: Legacy. They even did a single-season animated Tron series on television. And now, the rumors surrounding a possible third Tron flick look to be a little more solid. Check it out after the jump…
While at WonderCon this last weekend, Joseph Kosinski was plugging his upcoming film, Oblivion. Naturally, the subject came around to his work with the potential third Tron movie and he had a few things to say about that:
We’ve been working on the story for four years now. The first draft, Jesse Wigutow is writing it, is supposed to come in the next couple of weeks so the idea we have is really exciting. It has to be pretty exciting enough to get everyone back together.
Those are pretty hard movies to make. Legacy was almost three years. We got a really exciting idea for it. As long as the script can kind of deliver on that — the interest is there on the studio side. It’s going to have enough creative juices to have in order to dive back in. We got some exciting ideas — so we’ll see.
And had a little more to say regarding the script:
I think I’m two weeks away from getting the [next] draft. This is a story we’ve been working on since 2009, so that’s four years now. I’m really excited about the idea that we have for it. I think it delivers on the promise that both Tron movies have made. It opens the movie up, in a way that I think is going to give it a much broader appeal. Whereas Tron [Legacy] really, ultimately, in the end, catered most to Tron fans, this idea broadens it some more, in really exciting ways…
It has a working title, yeah. Tr3n will be our code name. We have an idea, but nothing is set in stone yet. We have some exciting ideas.
The release of Tron: Legacy had a few issues – mainly, not making as much money as Disney wanted it to, so it’s been a tenuous courtship with a possible Tron 3 (or TR3N or whatever the fuck). Hopefully, Kosinski and his allies can convince Disney to give the go-ahead and get this thing done.
Personally, I think Tron: Legacy was one of the most underrated films of the year. Hell, even the scary digital-Bridges face didn’t put me off. The main problem seemed to be that fans, after 27 years, had forgotten the wonder they experienced with the original and so just shrugged this one off. The other main problem was that a 27-year gap is just way too long to expect to build big numbers off a franchise. People have moved on and those that are being newly introduced to the franchise ran the risk of being lost in Tron: Legacy’s use of the original back-story. It is my belief that if they had taken out about 10 minutes of gratuitous action and replaced it with 20 minutes of character and story development, Legacy would have been damn near perfect.
And there is your pro-Tron rant for the day. Please return to your normally schedule skepticism.
And thanks to screenrant for the heads-up.