Perhaps it’s a sign of the times, but TRON just isn’t as cool as it used to be. Or maybe it wasn’t ever. To wit, the ratings for the animated series prequel/sequel TRON: Uprising have kind of tanked sine the show premiered, and if there’s any hope at all for a season two, then it lies with you, the viewer, says producer Edward Kitsis.
Let’s go to the begging, already in progress:
“I don’t know what the future [of Tron: Uprising] is now. I know at the present, I can say we need more viewers. I’m so proud of that show and I love that show and anyone who watches it loves that show. The problem is, not enough people are watching it. And so I would love to sound the alarm, because I love the characters and the world and it’s really… It’s a shame that more people aren’t watching it, because I think they’re missing out.
At this point, I don’t believe its fate has been decided. So if people keep watching, then there’s still a chance. Please watch. Tell your friends!”
TRON: Uprising follows a young(?) program voiced by Elijah Wood who’s being trained by TRON to lead a rebellion. The story takes place between the original TRON and TRON Legacy. I haven’t seen the show, but even if it sucks only half as hard as TRONLegacy, that’s still twice as much suckage as I’m willing to tolerate.
How about you, Bastards. Are you going to let Kitsis’ begging persuade you to watch the show?
During the height of The X-Files, Chris Carter created a companion show called Millennium, which was a kind of police procedural like the X-Files that mixed cases of the week with an overarching mythology, except in Millennium’s case the mythology was Y2K anxiety and not alien abductions. Heh. Y2K. Remember that madness?
Anyway, the series ran for three seasons ending in 1999 and was wrapped up in a crossover episode of The X-Files on, wait for it, New Year’s Eve ’99. So case closed, right?
Maybe not. Series star Lance Henricksen, while promoting his role in the TRON: Uprising animated series, talked about the possibility of further Millennium adventures on the big screen:
“There’s a big push on right now and there’s a lot of crazy people involved in it. They’ve written a book with interviews with everybody that was on the show including [Frank] Spotnitz and me … It’s crazy that you wouldn’t give it a shot. It doesn’t have to be a $30 million movie either. There’s a lot of fans out there in 65 countries. I can’t go into any other country without them wondering when the movie is going to be made.”
Question: Doesn’t making a movie based on a show called “Millennium,” at this point, seem as redundant as Conan O’Brien still doing his “In the Year 2000…” bit?
“If Millennium was made today with those characters, it would be a far more interesting show than the limited palette they had with serial killers. I love the idea of a non-judgemental character like Frank Black was… He wanted to know why and how all these things happened, but he knew that judging someone for what they’ve done would just get in the way of finding out things.”
Henricksen may be right about that. A lot of aspects of Millennium – criminal profiling, psychic powers, mixed mythology procedural – have been picked up by other series like Criminal Minds and The Mentalist, so Millennium was truly ahead of its time. But where could the story go next? Henricksen has some ideas about that too:
“When you trap a guy like Frank Black,” he said, “who has that kind of imagination and you put him in a world like Bulgaria where everything is in Cyrillic and he can’t communicate actively with a lot of people, he has to do it in another way. I’ve thought of how it could be done. You just keep moving the pressure in on him about this kind of terrorist stuff. A terrorist plot. The pressure keeps building and building and building until you realize that that pressure gave him all the answers he needed. You would be gasping for air to wonder what is going to happen to this guy.”
I remember enjoying Millennium very much when it was on the air, but I’m not sure a movie is necessary, especially 13 years after the series satisfactorily ended. And why does every cancelled cult TV show need a movie now? It’s nuts!
Disney XD has posted the full first episode of its new animated series, Tron: Uprising. It begins by summarizing the events of original movie, and then proceeds to get into its own story with its own characters and stuff.
Our new protagonist is named Beck, and he’s voiced by Elijah Wood. Because that’s a great idea. (I have to point out the sarcasm for those of you who don’t speak it.)
The first episode is titled Beck’s Beginning, and y’all can check it out below:
Disney’s latest addition to the TRON world, TRON: Uprising, takes this classic into the realm of cartoons to continue…er, add to the story that fans have seen thus far. The new cartoon will take place in the gap between the first TRON (1982) and TRON: Legacy (2010) and will not, as far as we’ve been told, be featuring a creepy CGI-headed Jeff Bridges. It will, if the trailers are a good representation of what’s to come, be pretty freakin’ awesome.
The story will follow a program named Beck (voiced by Elijah Wood). Beck is a mechanic on The Grid whose friend is killed by evil-bad-guy Clu and his evil-bad-guy henchman General Tesler. In order to get revenge, Beck trains under the legendary Tron, takes on his identity and devotes himself to freeing the Grid from its overabundance of evil-bad-guys.
Here is Disney’s latest trailer to tease you and make you want to watch it:
Though we all know how this ends if we’ve seen TRON: Legacy, it still looks to be a pretty amazing production. Personally, I’m praying to every God whose name I can Google that Disney decided to keep the Daft Punk epic soundtrack.
A prelude to the show, titled TRON Uprising: Beck’s Beginning will be airing on the Disney Channel on May 18th and the full series will begin on Disney XD on Thursday, June 7th.
“TRON: Uprising” is headed for Disney XD in June and has just premired a sneak preview video.
The “TRON Uprising” story focuses on the time period between the two TRON movies. The voice cast includes Elijah Wood as Beck, Emmanuelle Chriqui as Paige, Mandy Moore as Mara, Nate Corddry as Zed, Lance Henriksen as Tesler, Paul Reubens as Pavel, Reginald VelJohnson as Able and Bruce Boxleitner reprising his role as Tron. Yep, you read that right, Bruce is back and none other than Pee-Wee is playing Pavel.
What do you think about that? Speak up TRON fans, does this get your nerdy juices flowing?
Beck, a young program who becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution inside the computer world of The Grid. His mission is to free his home and friends from the reign of the villainous Clu and his henchman General Tesler. Beck will be trained by Tron – the greatest warrior the Grid has ever known. Tron will not only teach Beck the fighting skills he needs to challenge this brutal military occupation, but will be a guide and mentor to him as he grows beyond his youthful, impulsive nature into a courageous, powerful leader. Destined to become the new protector of the system, Beck adopts Tron’s persona and becomes the archenemy of Tesler and his oppressive forces.
Hoping to capitalize on TRON: Legacy and spark interest in a third TRON film, Disney is releasing a new animated series set in The Grid for this summer called, TRON: Uprising. Even if Legacy underwhelmed you I suggest you check out this short promo for Uprising. You might be surprised at how excited you get.
Yeah, it’s short, the true definition of teaser but what you see looks awesome. The hybrid of traditional and computer generated animation is a perfect fit for the computer world. Here’s the basic premise for the series which is set between the original TRON and Legacy,
Beck is a young program who becomes the skillful leader of a revolution inside the computer world of The Grid. His mission is to free his home and friends from the reign of the villainous Clu 2 and his henchman General Tesler. Beck will be trained by Tron – the greatest warrior the Grid has ever come to know. Tron will not only teach Beck the fighting and light cycle skills he needs to challenge this brutal military occupation, but he will be a guide and mentor to him as he grows beyond his youthful, impulsive nature into a courageous, powerful, strong leader. Destined to become the next Tron of the system, Beck adopts Tron’s persona and becomes the archenemy of General Tesler and his oppressive forces.
Uprising will feature Elijah Wood as Beck, Lance Henrikson as General Tesler, Fred Tatasciore as Kevin Flynn/Clu, and Bruce Boxleitner reprising Tron. Also contributing voices will be Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Nate Corddry, and Reginald VelJohnson. I really like the sound of this cast. Uh, no pun intended.
Uprising airs on Disney XD this summer in June. I’m hoping it’s a success and I think it’ll fulfill what I’ve always wanted from the TRON series, more time in The Grid and less user/program drama with the Flynns. What do you think of Uprising?
Ready to go back to the grid? Well if writers Tron: Legacy, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are to be believed, we may be going back soon. While they won’t be writing the Tron threquel since they are now the showrunners for ABC’s Once Upon a Time, they can tell us who is. “Dave DiGilio is writing it. [Joseph Kosinski] is right now shooting Oblivion, but we’ve had a lot of meetings and conversations and we’ve seen the first draft of the Tron sequel.”
More possible spoilery type things are after the jump.
While critics completely mauled Tron: Legacy, it is clear that, for the most part, fans actually enjoyed it. (Olivia Wilde in a super tight suit definitely helps, as well.) To please the fangirls, Disney is gearing up with an animated series so that fans can continue their exploration of the Grid. We’ve known that this has been in the works for a while, but the teaser trailer for Disney’sTron: Uprising was officially released at the San Diego Comic-Con this year, and here it is below:
Voice actors in this series include Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Lance Henriksen, and Bruce Boxleitner. Based on the trailer’s music, it looks like they may be continuing to work with Daft Punk’s score for Tron: Legacy, which isn’t necessarily a bad choice.
The show will premiere on the Disney XD channel in the summer of 2012.
From the press release:
The story focuses on an era of the “TRON” storyline that transpires after the popular 1982 feature film and before the story in Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming TRON: Legacy. Its impressive list of artists, animators, directors, producers and digital technicians includes executive producer/director Charlie Bean (“Robotboy,” “Samurai Jack,” and “Powerpuff Girls”); and consulting producers Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz (both screenwriters of TRON: Legacy / executive producers of “Lost”) and Justin Springer (co-producer of TRON: Legacy). The series will be preceded by a 10-part “TRON” micro-series launching in Fall 2011 on Disney XD.
Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series follows Beck, a young program who becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution inside the computer world of The Grid. His mission is to free his home and friends from the reign of the villainous Clu and his henchman General Tesler. Beck will be trained by Tron – the greatest warrior the Grid has ever known. Tron will not only teach Beck the fighting skills he needs to challenge this brutal military occupation, but will be a guide and mentor to him as he grows beyond his youthful, impulsive nature into a courageous, powerful leader. Destined to become the new protector of the system, Beck adopts Tron’s persona and becomes the archenemy of Tesler and his oppressive forces.
TRON: UPRISING will begin airing on the Disney XD channel during the Summer of 2012 – showcasing an impressive voice cast. There’s also a 10-part micro animated series in the works that will premiere in the Fall.
Tron 3 or no Tron 3? That tis’ the question. At a recent appearance at WonderCon to help promote the dvd/blue ray release of Tron: Legacy (as if they it didn’t make enough in theaters) the cast and crew members talked or rather evaded talking about this pressing issue. Whenever the topic came up they would utter the sly remark, “Well, if we make another one…”.
However, Disney has confirmed that director Joseph Kosinski along with his writing team of Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz will be working on Tron 3. After all, Tron: Legacy was a success, despite popular belief. In fact, Joepsh Kosinski is now the highest-grossing first-time director of a live-action film in Hollywood history beating out J.J. Abrams’ Mission Impossible III. Tron: Legacy made $399 million world wide taking out Abrams’ $397.5 million for MI3. This is all before the DVD / blu-ray was released. Tron: Legacy was made for around $165 million bucks so it made a decent profit in theaters, made a ton of money off merch, and will make even more with the Blu-ray release. So naysayers, it’s a money maker.
So why all the coyness with the a third flick?! Why not just announce it already? It seems to be that they want to build up the fan base for Tron even MORE before releasing another film. Kosinksi explains this quite well when he comments on the animated Tron Uprising,
“Legacy played really well to people in their twenties and thirties, but it actually didn’t bring in kids. So we hope Uprising will bring a new generation of fans in the same way that Clone Wars has brought a new generation to Star Wars.“
So basically, they’re taking a page out of Tranfsormers’ book and focusing on merchandising. In other words, don’t be surprised if you start seeing McDonalds commercials feat. Tron action figures in Happy Meals sometime in the near future! Or maybe Burger King. They usually get the toys for the shit movies. YES, Tron: Legacy was shit, don’t even argue.
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.