Joseph Kosinski Talks ‘TRON 3′ Script and Title; 2015 or 2016 Release Date?

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TRON: Legacy falls somewhere between the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie and John Carter, as far as successful Disney live-action tentpoles go. The TRON sequel earned mixed reviews for having an impressive 3D CGI surface that covers (compensates?) for a muddled sci-fi story and subtext, but it earned just north of its $170 million budget stateside (and more than doubled that tally at the global box office), so the Mouse House has slowly, but steadily, been gathering together the ingredients necessary to cook a proper followup.

The studio has allowed the TRON 3 (a.k.a. the TRON: Legacy sequel) screenplay to be passed around and exchanged between a few different writers over the years since Legacy released, in addition to letting director Joseph Kosinski step out and make another futuristic sci-fi blockbuster altogether, in the form of the Tom Cruise vehicle Oblivion. However, according to Bruce Boxleitner (the actor who plays the Tron character), a third film installment has been waiting to receive an official greenlight this whole time.

Kosinski wants a version of TRON 3 that “blows the doors off this franchise,” but indicates that can only happen if the latest script draft by up-and-comer Jesse Wigutow (who’s also writing The Crow reboot) delivers the goods he’s looking for.

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The filmmaker appeared at WonderCon 2013 to promote Oblivion (which opens in theaters later this month), but had some encouraging things to say about where the script development process is at – and what he expects TRON 3 to have, which Legacy did not:

“… I think I’m two weeks away from getting the draft. This is a story we’ve been working on since 2009, so that’s four years now. I’m really excited about the idea that we have for it. I think it delivers on the promise that both TRON movies have made. It opens the movie up, in a way that I think is going to give it a much broader appeal. Whereas [the previous film] really, ultimately, in the end, catered most to TRON fans, this idea broadens it some more, in really exciting ways.”

Legacy focuses heavily on the creator/creation theme implied by its title, but fails to plumb the depths of either the ramifications of The Grid or how the technological world engineered by Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) compares to the gadgets and digital harware used in the present-day. Kosinski’s right, when he indicates the movie was more successful in giving steadfast TRON fans what they want – in terms of light-cycles, disc battles and the Grid setting realized through modern effects – but that it falls short, as far as appealing to moviegoers who don’t care so much about the (admittedly, quite dazzling) bells and whistles go:

“But, it’s all about the script and making sure that that story is compelling enough to get all of us back together.  Those movies are hard to make.  It’s a two-and-a-half to three-year journey.  So, to go back in there and go back to the Grid, it’s going to have to be a pretty spectacular script.  We’ve got a great writer on it, so we’ll see.”

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That 2-3 year production timeline puts TRON 3 on course to arrive by either 2015 or 2016, in keeping with longtime reports about filming getting underway by 2014. A late 2015 release date seems feasible, possibly setting the threequel on course to arrive almost exactly five years after Legacy opened in December 2010. It could also move to a Summer launch date, in which case the Mouse House will wait until 2016 (since it already has Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and possibly Star Wars: Episode VII opening in Summer 2015).

Lastly, here’s what Kosniski said about the official title:

It has a working title, yeah.  TR3N will be our code name.  We have an idea, but nothing is set in stone yet.  We have some exciting ideas.

TR3N seems unlikely to serve as the official title, if only because many non-TRON fans seem unaware that Legacy is, in fact, a sequel to the 1982 movie (starring Jeff Bridges as the younger Kevin Flynn). Similarly, there’s a strong possibility that the new installment will revolve largely around Quorra (Olivia Wilde) and her experience, so the title should reflect that in the same way Legacy references Sam Flynn’s (Garret Hedlund) journey in that film.


We’ll keep you posted on TRON 3 development as more information is released.

Source: Joseph Kosinski (via Collider)

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  1. I really liked TRON: Legacy. I watched the original TRON to prepare for the sequel being released, and I didn’t think it was particularly great (except for the fact that it had cool technology for the time) – so if they want to make the 3rd even better then I’m all for it.
    If they go the Quorra route though, I just hope it doesn’t turn into a “hey teenage boys, look at this hot girl in tight black latex beating guys up” type of film, since we’ve had enough of those already.

    • We have never enough of those! What are you talking about, man!

      • Haha, well to each their own. That’s not what I look for in a movie. Seems kind of demeaning to women and too low brow for me.

        • .. a movie that sexualizes hours of woman-on-man violence would be demeaning to women?

          • One that makes her show off her body while doing it is. Oooh look, sex & violence… at the same time!

            Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon did women warriors well. Most of Hollywood’s movies, not so much.

    • They need to bring Jeff Bridges back.

      • As his older self, yes. As an obviously CG character, no. That ruined the movie for me a bit, because it was hard to take a character seriously when then whole time I was thinking that he didn’t look real but they really wanted him to.
        I’m not sure if it was just because he was human or because of the FX house that did it, because Gollum and the Avatar characters looked much more “real” than the Clu character.

      • Ich bin der gleichen Meinung. Am ende zu müsste er sicherlich wieder zu den guten gehöhren, auch Tron muss wieder her, zusammen mit Korra und Sam Flinn.

  2. It would be interesting to see where Dillingers son plays into the story. He was pressing forward with a new software launch in the movie…maybe that’s a trojan horse to hijack the real-world grid. Someone sent the original page to Sam, sending him to his dad’s old videogame hall, maybe hoping to trap him in the other world forever.
    Since all the ‘people’ in the grid were ‘programs’, and Quorra and her race were basically ‘self-created’ from Kevin’s version of the grid, I’d like to see Quorra have the ability to create grid-like objects in the ‘real world’. (since she’s basically got the DNA of both worlds)
    She could use that against Ed Dillingers plot (but fail) and then have other ‘programs’ similar to her pop out of the grid and win the day for her and Sam, showing that travel between the grid and our world is now possible, and highlight the amazing wonders that can now take place in our world as well.

    This could also lead to a 3rd movie where the remaining ‘programs’ who are locked into the grid-world are jealous and start a rebellion, etc.
    Anyway, looking forward to more interaction between the Grid-world and our world in the next flick.

    • i dont like that. i mean yeah the ideas ok but it makes it feel too superhero-y kind of a “the villain strikes again with another cleverly made plan.” making Sam Flynn more of a “here he comes to save the day” kind of a person. also making it revolve more on the grid and clu/(other evil doer) who so desperately wants to win but then cant rather then a story about a gifted man, his equally gifted son, and his son’s new digital girlfriend…i know that sounded stupid but i couldn’t think if a better way to write it. making Dillinger be a major plot point seems funky too me.

  3. Nice, I liked the second one as much as the first so should be interesting to know what they could do next.

  4. I really liked Tron Legacy. It had a crap ton of problems but it was fun. Daft Punk really saved that film for me though. Bring them back. Thats all Tron Legacy was, a two hour Daft Punk music video.

    • Agreed.. I bought the soundtrack

  5. Want.

  6. I enjoyed TL, although I did think it had all the elements to be better. I look forward to a 3rd installment, whichever way they decide to go.

    Now, give me my Black Hole reboot, and I’ll be even happier!!!!

    • +1

      • +2

  7. My favorite movie of 2010 hands down. Watched it over over 127 times and it gets BETTER EVERY TIME!!! gf is almost sic of it but supports my fasination of Tron, and Olivia Wilde lol… and Garret is awesome. High hopes of him being a Featured JEDI in Episode VII. There i said it.

    • Haha Dude You’ve watched TL a lot! but yeahhh i’ve watched the movie at least 20 to 30 times xD….. mostly because of olivia wilde…

  8. Quorra has really nice eyes. ;)

  9. Also it’d be awesome to see light cycle battles in the real world?! Preferably in Tokyo at night during summer months.

  10. In the movie of course!

  11. Violence needs a context otherwise it’s just madness in motion. It’s all about the story! It always has been always will be.

    Their is an underlying text to the second film about the effects of chaos and how it effects life. Controlling the flow of energy to chaos, that’s the key. If it gets out of control then the effects can be disastrous to everyone and everything. Watch ‘Legacy’ again with that in mind and Kevin Flynn becomes a more understandable character. The whole idea of what it means to BE the cause of something and responsible for what you cause is there as well.

    Sam and Quorra represent in subtly different ways the infinite possibilities of action and renewal. That’s what Sam brings to the grid and back to his father’s awareness. Bringing Quorra out to the world of man is like ascending into heaven. A whole other plane of existence is revealed. That has different possibilities but new limitations too. Personally I would include a scene where she discovers outer space because it reveals another plane that’s out there and accessible but even a greater challenge to live in. The challenge then is to bring that knowledge and the ramifications of it back to the grid. Yes we can escape this world but what does that mean? What new possibilities and limiting factors do we have to live with by storming heaven? Would that make things better or worse? What is the cost? What can’t be undone?! Is there a better way than what we have considered? Now we are back to Kevin and Sam’s conundrum and the responsibilities of being a creator…

  12. Ugh… just CGI the whole movie so we don’t have to watch Jeff Bridges phone it in again.

    • Wow do you really think he became that complacent that his performance wasn’t dictated by the role he was asked to play? Try to tell a double driver personality type to act “laid back” and see how long that lasts? Something as easy as relaxing can be a task for some, not that I’m saying that Jeff Bridges is a double driver, I’ve just known people like that, hyperkinetic. His character Kevin was certainly driven in the first ‘Tron’ that’s easy to see..

      • Plus, you have to remember that his character had been in the Grid world for a considerable length of time…
        Based on any argument out there, 20 years of Earth-time is equivalent to between 1,000 and 20,000 years Grid-time.

        That amount of time would make any human worn and tired…


  14. I think with the whole Tron franchise, nows the time to be a bit creative.
    That being said, with what happened at the end of Tron: Legacy – and the sneaks we saw, namely with a possible renewed MCP type machine being prepared it does beg the question of what direction to the take it in.

    With Quorra now on our side of the world, it makes you wonder what she could bring – admittedly she sounds like she’ll bridge the digital world to our own. I’d like the idea of being able to enter the TRON world and finding it to be deserted or scarce, we saw that Rinzler/TRON landed in the sea of simulation, which obviously poses the question of whether he died or not (as cyberworld is not the same as ours – we may never know).

    I’d like to see a tie-in with the TRON: Uprising (though it was historically set before TL) as that may pose other interesting ideas. Much like modern historians seek to find out what came before us, something similar in the TRON universe could be applied and thereby set about a chain of events that ask what is to come for that galaxy/universe. It’s obvious that Junior Dillinger will be a part of it, but interesting to see how exactly…