Debates about whether or not TRON: Legacy truly constituted a financial success aside, it seems that Disney is prepping to move forward with a sequel, TRON 3, after all. What remains up in the air for now is the issue of whether or not Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski will be returning to direct the third trip to The Grid as well.
Kosinski opened up a bit about the prospective plot of TRON 3 (or TR3N, if we're going the SCRE4M route) and admitted that although he's not a lock for the project, he's hopeful about getting to call the shots on the threequel.
"We're working on the story right now. Once we get a script we're all really happy with, we'll take it to the powers that be and see if we can go back to the grid... I think we will pick [up] with where 'TRON: Legacy' left off with Quorra (Olivia Wilde) in the real world and what does that mean and the possibilities it opens up for the next chapter. It's the relationship between the two of them that's the next step."
While Legacy may have ultimately been heavy on the eye candy and not much else, it was overall a visually well-constructed piece and featured some awe-inspiring modernized 3D versions of classic battle sequences in The Grid. So long as Kosinski is working with a better script this time around, I have no problem with him being at the helm of TRON 3.
Those who have seen (or are familiar with) the TRON 3 teasers released with the Legacy Blu-ray shouldn't be too surprised by the following from Kosinski about the planned role of the Dillinger clan in the third TRON movie:
“Dillinger [David Warner] was a really important part of the first ['TRON'] and felt like an easy way to continue that storyline and thread to have his son (Cillian Murphy) in ['TRON: Legacy']. That way you have people ask those questions of what the Dillinger legacy is in the world of TRON. We didn’t want to ignore it completely and it leaves a really nice springboard for some intertwining development for the next film.”
The dynamic between Dillinger and his son in TRON 3 would also serve as an appropriate foil to the relationship between Sam Flynn (Garret Hedlund) and his father Kevin (Jeff Bridges) that was touched on in Legacy. It would be all the more fitting for TRON 3 to feature the flesh-and-blood Dillinger Jr. as the antagonist, also in contrast to Legacy's Clu 2.0 - who could essentially be thought of as Kevin Flynn's "digital son." The creator/creation motif has been central to the TRON franchise so far, and TRON 3 doesn't look to deviate from that approach.
While Kosinski remains attached to direct Disney's reboot of The Black Hole and still looks to make his Oblivion adaptation in the near future, TRON 3 would presumably take precedent over both those projects - if Disney approves of Kosisnki's plans for the pic, that is. Development of the script for the third film has been ongoing for over a year now, so we should hear hopefully hear some more official news about the project in the near future.
Do you like Kosinski's ideas for TRON 3 so far?