Well, that didn't take very long.
Heat Vision is reporting that executives over at Walt Disney Productions have already set in motion plans for Tron 3, a followup to their upcoming sci-fi sequel Tron Legacy. Clearly hoping that they'll have a mega-hit on their hands when Tron Legacy hits 3D and IMAX screens this December, Disney is wasting no time planning ahead for the future of the franchise.
Two of the individuals who worked on the Tron Legacy screenplay, Lost writers/executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, have officially begun writing a second sequel to the virtual-world pic. No word yet on what the plot will entail, other than speculation from insiders that the two writers will try and round out the TRON Legacy storyline into a full-fledged trilogy.
Here's a refresher of just what Tron Legacy's plot is, for those not in the know:
Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the digital world of Tron where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey of escape across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.
Stars Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde are already under contract to appear in any future Tron films, so expect to see the further adventures of Sam Flynn onscreen soon, should Tron Legacy be a massive hit in theaters. No word yet on the involvement of director Joseph Kosinski or the original Tron star himself, Jeff Bridges, but that too is heavily dependent on the success of Legacy when it finally comes out.
This is a pretty confident move on the part of Disney however you look at it. Tron Legacy has undoubtedly been an expensive project for The Mouse House, with a production budget at least near the $200 million mark of the studio's recent 3D behemoth, Alice in Wonderland. Remember that the original Tron came out in 1982 and was kind of a box office dud, grossing only $33 million.
Still, Tron has developed a solid cult following in the 28 years since it was released, and anticipation for Tron Legacy is pretty high amongst moviegoers overall. Indeed, the Disney marketing machine has been busy promoting Tron Legacy for several months now, so clearly the company is doing its part to assure that they have a hit on their hands. And if the movie turns out to be good, wouldn't we want to see another chapter on the big screen?
So what do you folks think? Are you excited for the idea of Tron 3? Or are you withholding judgment until Tron Legacy actually comes out?
Tron Legacy hits theaters in the U.S. on December 17, 2010.