Disney Moving Forward with ‘TRON 3′

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The release of TRON: Legacy on DVD and Blu-Ray yesterday has inevitably sparked a renewed interest in discussions about the future of the TRON franchise. Despite a worldwide gross of $399 million, there’s been a pervasive attitude that TRON: Legacy actually fell far short of expectations and that a third film was no longer a guarantee.

It became clear fairly early on in TRON: Legacy‘s development that Disney was not interested in simply cashing in on the nostalgia audiences felt for the original 1982 film – the sequel was intended to lay the groundwork for a potential franchise. In fact, there was already a TRON 3 script in development eight months before Legacy‘s release.

The film itself contains several allusions to which direction a third TRON might take, and the recently released epilogue and viral teaser indicate that the filmmakers already have a basic story mapped out. However, that kind of foresight doesn’t mean much if the numbers don’t warrant another installment. When it came to TRON: Legacy‘s mammoth marketing campaign, Disney definitely followed the old adage that to make money, you have to spend money – and many theorized that at the end of the day, the film simply didn’t earn enough of a profit.

Nevertheless, rumors surfaced back in January that Disney was getting ready to pull the trigger on TRON 3, and now Deadline confirms that the project is indeed moving forward. The studio may have had higher hopes for Legacy, but with the combination of its box office gross, DVD pre-sales, and lucrative merchandising tie-ins, they’re not ready to give up on the franchise just yet.

Director Joseph Kosinski is expected to return for TRON 3 and is currently working on the story with Legacy screenwriters Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Disney may have backed out of producing Kosinski’s next film, Oblivion, but apparently that hasn’t soured their relationship.

In fact, thanks to TRON: Legacy, Kosinki has emerged as the highest-grossing first-time director of a live-action film in history (the previous record holder was J.J. Abrams for Mission: Impossible III). Deadline also offers some additional perspective on the film’s box office performance:

Its performance certainly compares well to other 2D films that launched franchises. Tron: Legacy out-grossed the Chris Nolan-directed Batman Begins ($373 million) and the Abrams-directed Star Trek ($386 million), both of which were based on brands far more famous than the long-forgotten 1982 original Tron. For that matter, Tron: Legacy out-grossed The Bourne Identity ($214 million) and its sequel The Bourne Supremacy ($288 million). It also bested X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($373 million), National Treasure ($347 million) and The Fast and the Furious ($207 million).

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There are countless other factors to consider (such as the inflated cost for 3D tickets and the previously-mentioned marketing expenses), but the fact remains that Disney still believes in the TRON brand – which, in addition to TRON 3, also includes the upcoming animated series, TRON: Uprising.

My only hope is that the filmmakers take into consideration some of the overriding criticisms associated with TRON: Legacy – many of which were centered around the film’s script. I didn’t have a problem with the actual story, necessarily, but rather with the way it was told. For all its visual splendor, I found it ironic that (for the most part) Legacy failed to follow the most fundamental rule of storytelling: show, don’t tell. The copious amounts of exposition were clunky and I thought the pacing was a little frustrating.

However, the iconography of this series is incredibly strong and resonant – so I still think TRON 3 has a lot of potential.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I’m for it so long as they can bring back Daft Punk, Cillian Murphy(if he is to be the villain since that is how they played him in the videos)Garret Hedlund and Olivia Wilde.

  2. I liked the movie but did not love it. Although the special effects were quite amazing! I guess I’m up for another sequel. Let’s hope Daft Punk scores the soundtrack again. I loved the score and now Disney has released a remixes of e score album which is quite amazing.

  3. I’m in.
    It was the best music video ever, and I want another soundtrack done by Daft Punk.

  4. Tron Legacy was good…another movie should be easily set in our world more than Tron’s world. Just to maintain balance.

    • huh, why would anyone want Tron in the real world

      • I guess you didn’t see Legacy? Currently, there is no digital world and Quorra (a program) is in our world. Opens up quite a few possibilities.

  5. I thought the film was fantastic, brilliant effects, good story, olivia wilde, amazing soundtrack, it was amazing on the big screen. And I have been very good and not downloaded it, this was made harder by the lack of an international release date on the Blu Ray, why exactly is it out in the US 2 weeks before the UK??? That’s one of the key factors of piracy. Make all release dates universal.

    • what you said 1.0 =)

  6. Im actually looking forward to the third installment of this , Cillian Murphy as the villian going against Flynn , should work for a great storyline. I felt that Legacy basicly acted as a bridge to reintroduce us to the world and get us reaquainted with the characters. The Third will be more of a battle for the Grid and the return of the MCP

    • I am pretty sure Mr. MCP is dead and derezzed. Now having Dillinger return as say Sark 2.0 has strong possibilities though.

      • that is what I meant by that, and Cillian would be the new Mcp if you look at the program he is writing when he is trying to stop the leak of the encom 12 onto the internet, the program he types in has MCP in the program

        • I guess I wasn’t paying attention when that part happened. :P

          In my defense though I wear glasses so I have to wear the damned 3D glasses OVER mine. Really causes me a lot of distraction because I am constantly readjusting them for comfort.

          Excellent catch none the less. You are now going to force me to rent it when it hits Redbox.

  7. Very good news. Thank got they didn’t give up!

    • yeah

  8. They ned to work on the 3D unless I saw a messed up version the 3D did not come out of the screen alot I expected to the bikes scenes in my face and it only happenend a few times. Resident Evil had better 3D effects than Tron in my opinion

    • Resident was filmed in 3d , tron was converted

      • No, actually, Tron was filmed in 3D, with a newer, fancier version of the cameras James Cameron pioneered for Avatar.

  9. It was a hit with my teenage daughter and her friends, nuff said. The soundtrack by daft punk is great. I wish they had more scenes of the arena battles. Look forward to tron3

  10. Tron 3? Is Tron ACTUALLY going to be in the movie, if not then they should call it something else. I will ALWAYS love and watch the ORIGINAL Tron.

    • just because it doesnt have tron anymore doesnt mean it shouldnt be called tron. halo reach and odst dont have halo rings but should they be called something else, of course not.

    • Tron was in Legacy, did you watch the movie, Tron is RINZLER, in Legacy I thought that was pretty clear?

    • TRON was in Legacy. He was just brainwashed the entire time. He was freed at the end which means he should be in the third.

  11. They should spend more of their budget on their script. The movie wasn’t bad per se, just boring. The visuals mean nothing to me if I can’t get into the story. It started off decent enough and then just meandered about. If they can just create a solid script, it could be amazing.

  12. Budget was 170 mil and they made 400 mil. Minus marketing probably around the 100 mil mark that means Tron 2 netted 130 mil. Numbers add up to me. :)

    I do agree though that Legacy could have been better. Not enough TRON, too damn much talking and reminiscing, and a pretty weak Flynn considering the Zen Master created the place!

  13. Best news I’ve heard in a long while!!

  14. Glad they are moving ahead with 3. There was so much to like about Legacy. The script was weak at times but not as bad as many make out. Garret Hedlund, however I found painfully bad. I feel like he was a Hayden Christensen level mistake for the franchise and that Legacy truly could have been great with someone better. Olivia Wilde, on the other hand was magnificent. I echo many peoples sentiment that Murphy should be the main villian, as I always enjoy his acting. Oh, and please no more digitally reversed aging, the technology is just not there yet, and it took me out of the story every time it was used in Legacy.

    • No one is as bad as Hayden Christensen. I looked for the subtleties of Garret’s performance and was quite pleased.

  15. I really liked Tron Legacy. As a fan of the original Tron, it was a treat. However, I can see how children were not catered for enough in this movie. It’s a family film and the next one should have a little more fun in it. I mean look at all the Tron Legacy toys that are out in the toy shops and supermarkets at the momment. Most of them look the same,they are all black! The original Tron was very bright and colourful, but Legacy was very muted. I just hope that now the tyranny of Clu has lift the Grid it wll start to have a brighter asthetic.

    More action (and dare I say it) Less story and more colour and more Daft Punk!

  16. I’ve been a fan since 1982, so thumbs up from me.

  17. In a way I think I was looking forward to Legacy so much that there was no way the film could live up to my expectations. I don’t know if it was the cinema I went to see it in but the 3D was not all that impressive and I won’t even bother to go on again about the plot. Even after saying that I still hope to see them do a third though. My only advice to the film makers would be to remember that we are paying the extra doe to see it in 3D for a reason. Actually 2 reasons effects and Olivia Wilde….

    • Yeah, I thought it was odd that a film brimming with potential, the concept being the perfect fit for 3D, didn’t seem very 3d at all? I just forgot I was watching in 3D because for the most part you just didn’t see it. I really thought a 3D lightcycle battle would have been the ultimate for a 3D movie, but it was a bit dissappointing. I guess they were just a little too subtle with it.

  18. I know I went in with very high expectations and came out a little disapointed. I wanted to be blown away. I was pretty impressed by some of the movie. Id love to see a sequel though. The sound-track was awesome and the actors were all good. It was just a little slow in some spots and I would have liked to see Tron a little more.

  19. I picked up “Tron Legacy” today on the old regular blurry 2D/ Dvd, and WOW was I impressed!!!

    Easily the most impressive visual film I’ve ever seen!

    The storyline equally orwellian and dark.

    Disneys Matrix!!!

    The soundtrack was epic and at times you could here musings of Escape from NY and the Terminator.

    Wow great film!!!

    Too bad I had to wait to see it, because I won’t see any film that’s exclusivly in mind numbing 3D,,,


  20. I thought they’d make a sequel since it wasn’t massive bomb. No it didn’t make Avatar numbers, but for a francise which has been dead since the 80′s it’s nothing to sneeze at. I thought all the reports about it being so bad that Disney wouldn’t make a sequel were overblown anyway.

  21. I think TRON Legacy is brilliant, especially for having such a long gap (28 years!) between films. For Kosinski’s first outing, I say not bad at all. The Blu-rays are absolutely stunning. The original hasn’t looked this good since I saw it in the theater in 1982.

    If we can keep the important elements like the actors, Daft Punk, etc., I think TRON 3 will be great.

    Maybe then we can finally get a TRON action figure. There hasn’t been one since NECA’s reissues in 2002.

  22. I still to this day do not understand the issues with Tron:Legacy at all. I absolutely loved every single bit of it.

    It’s Tron. Go in with appropriate expectations. Go watch the first movie again, it’s pretty bad actually. All that “warm” happiness you feel when you think of it is just nostalgia for something that was ‘neato’ 28 years ago.

    Maybe it’s just that I don’t mind exposition. It’s really hard not to be snarky right now. lol :/

    • Awww, it wasn’t so bad. I looked at it as a “friendship” story, more than anything, and I love those kinds of stories. It was novel to me back then to see a User and a Program become friends in this fantasy world of the Grid.

      • yeah it was just average – it wasn’t great or epic – it was novel, like you said. But some people have built it up in their memory as some epic saga and it just really was not. Legacy is fine. It’s Tron, it’s not Hamlet! 8)

        • I’ve never seen the first one, so I can’t compare them nor do I feel any nostalgia, but it seemed pretty cheesy to me. Maybe too 80′s-ish for me?

  23. I’m glad you used my header – I love that one!

  24. Excellent movies, love them both and picked up both on blu ray. Excitied for a third, so many different ways the story can go. Daft Punk was perfect and the r3conf1gur3d album has not left my cd player. Fylnn Lives!

  25. i hope they won’t screw it up and that they’ll ask Daft Punk to do the music again…

  26. id like to see trent reznor give it a shot =)

  27. If you ever needed proof that critics arent always right, TRON: Legacy is it. From absurd claims that the film “had no story” to “a 3D light show that was unconvincing and dull”.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the movie in 3D (the best 3D ive seen yet!) and I thought the plot was relevant to the original movie and that it left enough easter eggs for the future, plus with the video game tie in, cartoon series and plans for another movie (I would hope for at least another 2) it did what the original did in that it planted seeds in the minds of the young. Without Tron(82), the Internet would probably be far less of an interesting place!

  28. TRON LEGACY made more money than J. J. Abrams STAR TREK, and I don’t hear anybody doubting the feasibility of a sequel to that movie.

  29. I absolutely loved Tron Legacy… I can’t quite explain why, maybe it’s just the world of Tron I love and not the story.. Either way I would see it in theatres, more then once probably.