In 1982 Disney released the original Tron movie which starred Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn, a computer programmer trapped inside a piece of software. Due to fan demand, Disney released a sequel called Tron: Legacy that followed up with Flynn's son Sam, who finds himself trapped in the digital world while trying to rescue his dad.
Upon release, many critics felt that Tron: Legacy was good but that its plot was buried under gorgeous neon CGI and a catchy electronic soundtrack by Daft Punk. The film also got a video game tie-in called Tron: Evolution that featured cameos from the film's cast (including Olivia Wilde's Quorra) and free-running, platforming gameplay. But, just like the film, many reviews said that the story was underwhelming and that it was incredibly repetitive.
Mixed reviews aside, interest around the Tron brand has remained high. In fact, director Joseph Kosinski had already begun working on a script before Tron: Legacy even released. It took some time, but Tron 3 has now officially been greenlit, with filming set to begin in Vancouver, Canada this October.
Tron 3 comes from Vancity Buzz, whose sources tell them that shooting will begin in the city on October 5th. While information from anonymous sources should always be taken with a pinch of salt, the news is backed up by the fact that much of Tron: Legacy was filmed in the city. Notably, the Shangri-La Vancouver Hotel was used as the ENCOM Headquarters setting and the Lions Gate Bridge was featured in the movie's closing sequence.
It is also being reported that both Kosinski and Hedlund will be making a return. Given that the directing was one of the most praised things about the film, that will be music to fans' ears, while Hedlund played a fairly likeable hero in Sam. According to the IMDB page for the movie, Tron 3 will have a new set of writers in David DiGilio and Jesse Wigutow, which again, is good news since it was the story that many believe let the last Tron film down.
What's unclear at this point is whether Olivia Wilde will be turning as Quorra. When promoting the Blu-ray release of Tron: Legacy all the way back in 2011, Kosinski reportedly said "I think we will pick up with where Tron: Legacy left off with Sam and Quorra in the real world and what does that mean and the possibilities it opens up for the next chapter. It's that relationship between the two of them that's the next step" so it seems likely that she would return.
Furthermore, there's a strong likelihood that Tron 3 will get a tie-in video game as well. Just last month, famed musician Giorgio Moroder revealed that he was working with Skrillex on the music for a new Tron game, but we had no idea what that meant at the time. Now, it appears very likely that they are working on something tied to Tron 3.
Are you excited for Tron 3? Do you think Disney should leave the franchise alone?
Source: Vancity Buzz