Tron 2 To Give Jeff Bridges Digital Plastic Surgery

Published 6 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:27 am,

Ever since I saw the preview of Tron 2.0 at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con I’ve been wondering exactly what Disney planned to do about the fact that Jeff Bridges no longer fits the bill for Flynn.  Aging will do that to you, ya know?

In order to deal with the fact that a considerable amount of time has passed since the filming of Tron, the wizards over at Disney have come up with a virtual fountain of youth to micromanage Jeff Bridges’ little problem:  Bridges is getting digitized.

This should help to bring together the two characters over an age-generated timeline so the entire film does not seem like a concept Tim Burton came up with in junior high.

Recently, Bridges spent time in Canada where a plaster cast was made of his body in order to start the digitization process. io9‘s exclusive source reveals the details:

“They will then take that 3D model and make him younger and then slap it on a body double in post.  As this is only one cog in the machine, I can’t give a whole lot of detail. Canada scans actors and props to be used for various projects. These are very high resolution scans that pick up every wrinkle, face lift and scar on the actors body.”

Basically that takes care of how older Jeff and younger Jeff can coexist on screen together without destroying the space-time continuum.  Which leads me to my actual concern about the story line:  Who does Flynn turn into as he matures?  I mean, this could do a lot for story development, but also break my tiny geek heart if they make menacing, bearded old Flynn Tron 2‘s nemesis.  Le sigh.

And if you haven’t seen it, here’s a little teaser for you:

Tron 2 is set to be released some time in 2011.

Source: io9

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  1. Vicamania

    This will be quite sweet

    So JJ couldn’t do this to include Jesus Shatner in the new Trek – POO

  2. I’m intrigued at the possibility of Flynn being the baddie. I wondered how they would interpret the world that was originally created based upon the very rudimentary graphics capabilities of the early 80′s. Looks like they managed to recreate the feel of the world without the cheesiness of dated graphics. I like.

    The original story was rather thin and things got muddled regarding the characters Flynn left behind in the real world during his adventure in the virtual one. Here’s hoping they take this opportunity to really knock a good story out of the park.

    This one is officially on my radar.

  3. Damn, does this mean I need to watch the original Tron to know what the heck is going on??? lol

  4. @Ken J

    You’ve never seen Tron? Go rent it! It’s a bit dated but I think it’s still VERY cool.


  5. @Ken J
    You’ve never seen Tron? And you call yourself a geek. That’s a blemish on your nerd card, ma’ man. :-)

    Are they going to do the same thing with, I forget his name….the actor who played Tron (captain of Babylon 5)? I know, I know; that’s a blemish on my nerd card. :-D

  6. I just looked at the end of the text above: it’s Bruce Boxleitner. Man I’m getting old! 8-)

  7. @Ken,

    I saw it in the theater when I was 7, and though I can’t say it’s a ‘great’ film by any measure looking back on it today, it was revolutionary for the technology on display (it was what first indicated to John Lasseter the potential that lay in computer animation as a medium). Seen through the eyes of a seven year old, however, the film stays with me even as a (near) 34 year old today. I had a toy lightcycle and the action figures from the film back then too (the lightcycle toy came with a ripcord that really sent that thing shooting off, ah memories!)

    I imagine that if I were introduced to it for the first time today, I’d wonder what the big deal was, however.

    That said, there’s a lot of room for mining potential out of the framework the original laid down, and with a little luck and the right creative talent, we may yet see a truly great Tron film that lives up to that potential. This screen test shown at ComicCon showed that someone may be taking that potential seriously.

    Lastly, man was it cool to see a lightcycle in action again! I could watch that over and over, and over…

  8. I just read that, ironically, it’s John Lasseter himself who’s become the driving force behind this project, helping to pick the director and writers (who worked on “Lost”).

    It makes sense. It’s a Disney property, and Lasseter is head of creative operations at Disney. Early signs say: AWESOME!

  9. Hm, you were 7 when you saw it, you’re 34 now, so that’s 27 years ago. Well, there’s the reason why I haven’t seen it… I wasn’t even born yet! lol

    Missed it by only a few years though…

  10. Hopefully they may make a STARMAN sequel too. I love Jeff Bridges. I
    even wrote a script for this back in 1998.


  11. That’s nifty! I wondered how in the world they got both old and young Flynn on the screen at the same time. When I saw the trailer I thought, “Hey! Wait a second. That guy’s old now!” (Yeah I know, that took a lot of brainpower to realize someone aged.) That’s a pretty neat trick.