Read more on TRON 3 coming into fruition per director Joseph Kosinski…
The reason for the hold on TRON was due to George Clooney’s failed Tomorrowland. The movie was good, but the film was sold wrong and Disney fans didn’t support it. The movie is decent, but we had no clue what the film was about until we watched on VOD. If it was sold right, maybe things would have been different and TRON: Ascension would already be hitting the big screen.
“The movie was called, ‘TRON: Ascension,’ I think that’s out there. I think we got the script to about 80%. We were in good shape. We were probably eight or nine months out, which is still a good amount of distance from being ready to shoot it, but I think the script was in good shape. What I’m excited about is the concept, which is an invasion movie from inside the machine coming out as opposed to one we’ve usually seen. So we hinted at that at the end of Legacy with Quorra coming out, but the idea for Ascension was a movie that was, the first act was in the real world, the second act was in the world of TRON, or multiple worlds of TRON, and the third act was totally in the real world. And I think that really opens up, blows open the concept of TRON in a way that would be thrilling to see on screen. But there’s also a really interesting character study in Quorra and a ‘Stranger in a Strange Land,’ trying to figure out where she belongs having lived in the real world for a few years, and where does she fit in.”
Kosinski also confirmed the logistical and financial considerations of Disney. Despite the plug being pulled in 2015, Joseph confirms that the door to revive the project is open.
“I guess I can say that ‘TRON 3’ is in cryogenic freeze. So, it’s there. It’s not dead. It’s alive, but it’s sitting there, waiting for the right time to move forward. I mean, you have to remember that when we made ‘TRON: Legacy,’ Disney did not own Marvel. Disney did not own Lucasfilm…they own everything now. But this was before they owned everything, so from the studio point of view, they have a certain number of slots and a certain amount of money to make movies and if you can make a Star Wars spin-off or another Marvel movie, which are all doing incredibly well, a TRON movie, even though I think it would do very well, the question is: Would it do as well as one of those? That is more the reason we haven’t seen another TRON is that Disney stock is flushed with really successful properties right now. But that doesn’t mean we won’t see one at one point.”
Word is, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde were set to reprise their respective roles as Sam Flynn and Quorra in TRON: Ascension. Now that TRON: Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski back at the helm, its certain the original cast members will return. Cillian Murphy was rumored to return in a larger role from his cameo as Edward Dillinger, Jr. despite rumors that Kosinski is keen on casting Academy Award winner Jared Leto in a key role.
Originally the script was getting a rewrite and refresh by Jesse Wigutow (It Runs in the Family) from the initial screenplay by David DiGilio (Eight Below) before the film was halted. We will see who will take over the rewrite?