Before ‘Tron: Legacy’ landed in 2010, it was supposed to be the start of a new franchise for Disney, by reigniting an old one. The film had it’s critics, but seemed to be loved by audiences who embraced the return of Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn, the introduction of his son Sam, played by Garrett Hedlund , and returning to the world known as the Grid. Word on the sequel seemed to pop up every few months, but nothing concrete had come to light, and many assumed the sequel had been squashed by the studio head change over at Walt Disney Studios, especially with the radio silence over the last few months. But it looks like ‘Tron 3’ is back on the grid for Walt Disney studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter, who first reported the news.
While not much is known about ‘Tron 3′ at the time, I think it’s safe to assume that Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund will be back as Quorra and Sam Flynn, respectively. I’m also hoping we’ll see the return of Bruce Boxleitner, who plays the series’ titular character Tron, who as we learned in ‘Tron: Legacy’, was not dead as once believed. The wild card right now is Jeff Bridges, whose character Kevin Flynn, seemingly died at the end of the second film. But as we know in film, no character really stays dead, and with Bridges being the face of the series, I would be surprised if he didn’t return in some capacity as well. The new film will be penned by Jesse Wigutow, who is working with Disney right now on their adaptation of the book ‘Peter and Starcatchers’, with Joseph Kosinski, the director of ‘Tron: Legacy’, expected to return for directing duties as well.
I’ve been hoping for official news on ‘Tron 3’ for quite a while now, and I’m glad to see that Alan Horn, the new studio head of Walt Disney Studios, is making this a priority. The fact that he sees potential in their existing franchises is great, and it’s good to see him taking a chance on the ‘Tron’ franchise. This isn’t the first franchise he’s been looking to return to, as there are rumors that Horn is looking to bring ‘The Rocketeer’ back as well. With all these resurrections happening at the studio, I would love to see him take a chance on ‘John Carter and the Gods of Mars’, Stanton’s planned sequel to this year’s ‘John Carter’, but that is definitely more than wishful thinking at this point.
Thankfully, the series hasn’t been too far gone from the public eye, as it recently had a show on Disney XD, ‘Tron: Uprising’, that explored what happened between the first and second film. It’s one of the best animated series I’ve seen in quite some time, and it shows the show did well enough for Horn to decide to move forward with a third film. This is all great news, in my opinion, as a huge fan of the series. Are you excited about ‘Tron 3’? Let me know in the comments below, only here on Chip and Company!
- TRON 3 – Disney Moving Forward With New Writer (geektyrant.com)
- TRON: LEGACY Sequel Moving Forward with New Screenwriter (collider.com)
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