Though many sources still claim TRON: Ares is still in development at Disney, Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski has shared the reason “TRON 3” was originally shelved by Disney in 2015. In a recent interview with Vulture, Kosinski shared that the original film was titled “TRON: Ascension” and added:
“I got so close. I really tried. I got close in 2015, and Disney pulled the plug on it. I hadn’t built anything, but I had the whole movie storyboarded and written. I was really excited because it was inverting the idea: It was all that stuff coming into our world, and it was about the blending of the two.”
Kosinski continued, “It was a different Disney by 2015. When I made Tron: Legacy, they didn’t own Marvel; they didn’t own Star Wars. We were the play for fantasy and science fiction. And once you’ve got those other things under your umbrella, it makes sense that you’re going to put your money into a known property and not the weird art student with black fingernails in the corner — that was Tron. But remember, the first Tron was not a hit when it came out. It’s a cult classic. And if Tron: Legacy‘s becoming the same thing, I couldn’t be more thrilled.”
Reportedly, TRON: Ares will star Jared Leto, Garrett Hedlund, and Olivia Wilde. Both TRON and TRON: Legacy are available to stream via Disney+. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Company for updates and all things Disney!