Tron: Legacy was visually spectacular, but left some audiences cold with its less-than-compelling characters and plot. Nevertheless, after the film opened to moderate success worldwide, Disney was quick to announce a sequel for the project. The company even released several teaser clips and an epilogue to Tron: Legacy to help generate interest in the film.
Despite the potential for the franchise, however, development on Tron 3 (as it's currently being called) has been relatively slow moving. A year and a half ago, Disney hired screenwriter David DiGilio to pen a draft of the screenplay, but since then we haven't heard much about the film. Now, it looks like Disney is moving forward again.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, new Disney head Alan Horn has put the project on the fast track, hiring screenwriter Jesse Wigutow to rewrite the script. THR notes that Wigutow is a known commodity at Disney, having previously worked with the Mouse House on an adaptation of Peter and the Starcatchers and another upcoming project called Parallel. Wigutow is also working on The Crow reboot.
Getting the script right is the first step, but there are a number of other things that need to happen before Tron 3 can move forward. With Disney pushing forward on the project, you can expect the company to lock in its three stars: Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde and Jeff Bridges. Based on the teasers, Disney will also likely move to lock in Cillian Murphy to take on a larger villain role in the film.
Director Joseph Kosinski also needs to officially come aboard the project. Kosinski was involved in developing the story for the sequel and is definitely interested in the film, but he is also involved in multiple other projects. Currently, Kosinksi is finishing post-production on Oblivion with Tom Cruise, which comes out this spring, but I would expect Disney to lock him in soon.
Are you happy to see that Disney has returned its attention to the world of Tron, or would you have preferred the company delete this franchise altogether?
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