Disney has made some brilliant decisions over recent years. They somehow managed to take steal the Marvel film rights from Paramount Pictures and later bought the right for properties under Lucasfilm. Even their animation studios – Disney Animation and Pixar – have audiences debating which produces the greater films nowadays.
Through all their successful decisions, Disney has from time-to-time struggled through producing other projects. TRON: Legacy is one of those examples. It was a film that is better recognized today for its soundtrack and visuals, rather than story. Legacy has developed a cult-following that has grown over the years. In nearly every interview since, director Joseph Kosinski is asked about the development of a potential third installment of the franchise. The answer from Kosinski has unfortunately been the same. While a completed script and a dedicated fan base sounds encouraging, Disney has remained hesitant on green-lighting another TRON because of the mixed reception and mild box-office returns for Legacy. However, do not count this franchise out just yet.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that developments on another TRON film are happening. Furthermore, sources close to the project have told THR that Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto is being considered for the lead role. Details below are slim, but a trustworthy, credible site such as THR should get TRON fans excited:
“(Disney) is in the very early stages of development for a new Tron movie, with Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto circling to star.”
“Sources say this new project is not a direct sequel and is being built out of the source code of the deleted Tron 3 script. Leto would play a character named Ares, who has not appeared on screen before but was a key player in that script.”
Personally, I think Disney would be fools to allow a property like TRON to just sit on their shelf. And before any of you criticize Leto, as an actor, for his Joker performance in Suicide Squad, it’s important to consider just how much of his role was cut from the final version.
As for the idea of a reboot instead of TRON 3, it makes sense why they would go this route. Kevin Flynn’s (Jeff Bridges) arc in Legacy was completed, so there’s no sense in bringing him back. His son, Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) was meanT to return for TRON 3, along with Quorra (Olivia Wilde), however seeing as most of that film’s script is being discarded in favor of a new direction, that makes it less likely, though not impossible, for these characters to return.
We’ll see what developments come in the following months of this report. For now, we can be excited to know that Disney isn’t ignoring the TRON franchise. What do you think? How did you like Legacy? Would you rather see a sequel or does this idea of “soft reboot” excite you?
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Birth.Movies.Death.