So Tron 3 is still happening, maybe
It’s been nearly seven years since the release of Tron: Legacy, but somehow, someway, even with Disney confirming that it wasn’t planning on moving forward with a sequel, the embers of Tron 3 seem to continue to smolder, apparently.
During an open Q&A hosted by IMAX for Collider Kosinski answered a question about the proposed Tron 3, which at one point nearly two years ago was announced to have the working title Tron: Ascension. And despite massive amounts of evidence to the contrary, Kosinski stated that the film was still in the works. He even outlined what the story will be about.
This movie’s called Tron: Ascension, and I think we got the script to… about 80 %. We were in good shape, we were probably 8 or 9 months out, which is still a long distance from being ready to shoot it. What I’m excited about is the concept, which is an invasion movie from inside the machine. … The idea for Ascension was the first act was in the real world, the second act was in the world of Tron, the multiple worlds of Tron, and the third act is totally in the real world. I think that really opens up, blows open the concept of Tron in a way that would be thrilling to see on screen. But also, there’s a real kind of interesting character study in Quorra, a stranger in a strange land trying to where she belongs, having lived in the real world for a few years, and where does she fit in?
Now, there are a few things to consider before you go getting excited.
First, Tron: Legacy was an expensive film to make in 2010 at around $175 million, and it earned around $400 million globally. When you factor in things like advertising, it still made money, but not a lot – not enough to keep it alive even after Disney at one point said it was dead.
Second, the previous film wasn’t exactly embraced by fans or critics. If anything, the Daft Punk soundtrack will be remembered long after the film is forgotten. It made an average movie much, much better.
Third, Kosinski has only directed two films since Tron: Legacy, the upcoming Granite Mountain and the moderately-successful Tom Cruise film Oblivion. It’s a stretch to think he has the clout to convince Disney to give him another shot at reviving a potentially lucrative franchise for it. Another director, maybe.
Fourth, the film will presumably star Olivia Wild and Garrett Hedlund. While both have fans, without Jeff Bridges the film might not have the star power to earn a greenlight from the studio. Cillian Murphy had a cameo in Tron: Legacy in a role that was certainly meant to portend more, but assuming he is still interested and available, that’s still not a lot of draw for what would presumably be a $200 to $250 million movie.
But with that said, the Tron franchise deserves another chance. The original was cutting edge in the 80s and the sequel was original in a lot of ways. If they do go ahead though, they better start negotiating with Daft Punk right now.