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TRON 3. No, wait! Don’t run away! Look, I think many us might concede that TRON: Legacy was a bit of a disappointment; 18 years of hype will do that. You may recall that at the time there were all these great expectations about TRON becoming Disney‘s next great franchise: movie trilogies, animated series, theme park rides, video games and merch, merch more. However, that’s not how it all turned out, and since those early days following TRON: Legacy‘s release in December 2010, the idea of a third TRON has been more or less speculative as opposed to being something in actual development. But is that about to change? Film location insiders in Vancouver are saying, it might be. (more…)

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Screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski has come along way since his days penning the Saturday morning adventures of Captain Power and The Real GhostbustersIn the last couple of years he’s written the screenplays for Clint Eastwood‘s The Changling, as well as Underworld: Awakening, and Ninja Assassin as well as the stories for Thor and World War Z. His next project is Sense8, the new Netflix series from the Wachowski siblings, but it seems that JMS isn’t just thinking about the future, he’s thinking about the past. One of the under-reported bits of news from San Diego Comic Con, is that Straczynski hopes to once again bring his seminal sci-fi hit Babylon 5 to the big screen, and he’s hoping that the fifth time’s the charm. (more…)

 

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“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?

The synopsis:

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?

Source: Geek Tyrant

We’re still gearing up for The Avengers, but while Joss Whedon is thinking small regarding a possible sequel, rumor has it that Shane Black is thinking big for Iron Man 3.

*SPOILER ALERT*

According to Latino Review, Black is supposedly working toward adapting the Extremis story-line. That’s nano-bots, a tie to the Super Soldier Serum that turned Steve Rogers into Captain America, and a possible thematic shift back toward more real-world-relevant themes. How are nano-bots more real world than evil robot soldiers? Well they aren’t, but sadly a terrorist mounting an attack on US soil is, and in Extremis that is exactly what (Stark foe) Mallen does after being juiced up by the nano-bots. Tell me that isn’t a bit scarier than Mickey Rourke’s electric jump rope stunt in Monaco.

UK comic genius Warren Ellis created the Extremis story-line in 2005, and there is actually a nice little bit of coincidental symmetry there, since he will be working with Whedon on Wastelanders in the near future. Ellis also followed Whedon as writer on the Astonishing X-Men comic series re-launch a few years ago.

Iron Man 3 begins filming in May, obviously we haven’t yet reached the casting stage, though I imagine that shouldn’t be too far down the road. Any ideas on Mallen and Maya Hansen? How about Sal, Tony Stark’s hippie pal? Personally, I think Favreau blew it for us — no one plays a hippie like Jeff Bridges.

Source: Latino Review

Speaking of Jeff Bridges (see what I did there?), his Tron and Tron: Legacy co-star Bruce Boxleitner is getting a bit chatty about a possible Tron 3 in an interview with I Am Rogue.

It’s in the works. Anything could happen, but all I can say is, it’s in its formative stages. [JosephKosinski, who is slated for it, he’s shooting another movie now, and then they’ll get around to doing that. I think somewhere around 2014, maybe. I’m talking way out of school here, but they can’t shoot me because I’m Tron.

Tron: Legacy made $172 million at the US box office, just $2 million above it’s estimated production budget according to Box Office Mojo, but it did perform well in the international market, pulling in an additional $228 million for a grand total of $400 million. Is that enough to actually justify another chapter in the series and another wallet busting budget? Boxleitner thinks so, but I’m not fully convinced.  What do you think, will there be a third Tron, and if there is, do you care?

Source: Box Office Mojo

EDITORS NOTE: Article written by Nerd Bastards contributor Jason Tabrys