Last summer fans of TRON and the follow-up TRON legacy A heavy blow was dealt during development TRON 3 was pronounced dead by Walt Disney Pictures. The continuation should be mentioned TRON: Ascent with director Joseph Kosinski back behind the camera and Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde Repeat roles as Sam Flynn and Quora. Thousands of fans signed a petition to get Disney to reconsider, but it doesn’t seem to have done anything good. That doesn’t mean, however, that TRON 3 isn’t possible, at least according to one of the movie’s producers.
Light your fire for any hope of seeing TRON 3 after the jump.
In conversation with ScreenRant, producer Brigham Taylor (who worked on The Jungle Book for Disney this year) said he still has hope that TRON 3 will actually come together at some point:
I always hope so. I just had a wonderful visit to Shanghai where they have an amazing attraction based on Tron Legacy. The designers just did such a great job creating the feeling of stepping onto The Grid and this indelible visual world Lisberger created and Kosinski explored … and I think that’s a real stickiness that I hope it will to a movie or whatever can become. So I don’t know what I would suggest other than that I hope for it and that there have obviously been conversations.
It sounds like Taylor is a little optimistic instead of basing his hopes on major developments behind the scenes. That means Disney isn’t specifically against making TRON 3, but now is just not the time. The studio has had great success with its live-action remakes of classic films. Maybe after a long time it will be better to visit TRON again. After all, TRON Legacy arrived 28 years after the original TRON, so anything is possible.
However, hiccups could occur Bruce Boxleitner back on board for another round. The actor who played the title program of the original film (as well as Kevin Flynn’s trusted colleague Alan Bradley) came back for TRON Legacy, but when asked earlier about the TRON 3 hope, he said:
I don’t really care anymore. I am done with it. I moved on. I hate to say that, but it was too up and down for me. I would rather not just go ahead. I don’t want to repeat my career again.
Bruce Boxleitner, who has supported TRON and its revival for years, just seems tired of being heartbroken when these projects die out. Whether it’s TRON 3 or the short-lived animated series he was also involved in, Disney doesn’t seem to have the patience to stick with it. Boxleitner had his own theories why:
I have a feeling that they will play it safe with their elders [formula]. I mean, Tim Burton makes Dumbo. They’ll turn their old animated classics into live action. Apparently that was successful. You also have Star Wars. Let’s not neglect this and be amazed. Maybe they just felt tired of this science fiction. We were the only real science fiction. Star Wars is fantasy, sword and sorcery with a spaceship. Marvel is a superhero comic. Star Wars is science fiction. There are also fantasy elements, but Marvel does not. It’s comics. It’s really not science fiction. It’s not about science fiction. Maybe they decided not to do science fiction.
Disney certainly has enough on their plate without trying to keep their own sci-fi franchise alive, but I don’t think it’s because they don’t care about the genre. Maybe some time will have to pass before interest in TRON increases again.
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