TRON 3 Not Completely Dead

Written by Andrew Pollard Thursday, 02 March 2017

Movie News

TRON: Legacy certainly divided opinion when it was released back in 2010, but it looks as if all hopes of a third film in the franchise aren’t completely dead.

Speaking to Collider, Legacy director Joseph Kosinski has been talking about what the plan was for the third movie and just why it was pulled by Disney back in May 2015.

Kosinski explained, “The movie was called TRON: Ascension, I think that’s out there. I think we got the script to about 80%. We were in good shape. We were probably eight or nine months out, which is still a good amount of distance from being ready to shoot it, but I think the script was in good shape. What I’m excited about is the concept, which is an alien invasion movie from inside the machine coming out as opposed to what we’ve usually seen. So we hinted at that at the end of Legacy with Quorra coming out, but the idea for Ascension was a movie that was, the first act was in the real world, the second act was in the world of TRON, or multiple worlds of TRON, and the third act was totally in the real world. And I think that really opens up, blows open the concept of TRON in a way that would be thrilling to see on screen. But there’s also a really interesting character study in Quorra and a ‘Stranger in a Strange Land,’ trying to figure out where she belongs having lived in the real world for a few years, and where does she fit in.”

On whether TRON: Ascension is completely dead, Kosinksi elaborated, “I guess I can say that TRON 3 is in cryogenic freeze. So, it’s there. It’s not dead. It’s alive, but it’s sitting there, waiting for the right time to move forward. I mean, you have to remember that when we made TRON: Legacy, Disney did not own Marvel. Disney did not own Lucasfilm. They own everything now. But this was before the owned everything, so from the studio point of view, they have a certain number of slots and a certain amount of money to make movies, and if you can make a Star Wars spinoff or another Marvel movie, which are all going incredibly well, a TRON movie, even though I think it would do very well, the question is: would it do as well as one of those? That is more the reason we haven’t seen another TRON, is that Disney stock is flushed with really successful properties right now. But that doesn’t mean we won’t see one at one point.”

The original plan for TRON: Ascension was to have Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde return as Sam Flynn and Quorra, respectively, and Joseph Koskinski would indeed be back to direct. Initially, Bruce Boxleitner was due to return as Alan Bradley/Tron, but he later decided against that idea, while Cillian Murphy’s Edward Dillinger Jr. was reportedly set for a far bigger role than seen in Legacy. Interestingly, it was claimed that Kosinski wanted to bring in Jared Leto for a large role, too.

While it may not have been to everyone’s liking, the majority of us here at Moonbase Alpha enjoyed TRON: Legacy far more than we were expecting. Where TRON: Ascension is concerned, though, expect to hear more on the project if and when it starts to develop once more.

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