For any of you who follow me on Twitter, you are well aware that I am an unabashed fanboy of TRON: Legacy. It is truly a visually stunning film by director Joseph Kosinski and which with the help of Daft Punk and Olivia Wilde in latex it went on to gross nearly $400 million worldwide.
Talk of a sequel had all but died down until this past March when it was announced that the Kosinski would be ramping up production on TRON 3 this coming fall in Vancouver. Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund confirmed their involvement in the sequel as well which had fans excited to return to the grid. And then suddenly Walt Disney derrezed TRON 3 last week, with the timing of the announcement coinciding with the dismal box office performance of Tomorrowland.
Tomorrowland was budgeted similar to TRON: Legacy around $180 million, but the comparisons pretty much stop right there. I find it hard to believe that Tomorrowland itself killed TRON 3. Currently Disney has its hands full with live action remakes of classic cartoons, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and relaunching the Star Wars franchise.
While Disney may have untold billions at their disposal, right now they are trying to recoup their investment in what are arguably their two biggest acquisitions in their company’s history. And unfortunately for us, TRON 3 was on the bubble … but I have faith that we will see a return in the near figure.
I spotted four of the six Ultra Agents sets during my latest toy hunt which looks like a very fun action theme. Of particular interest to me is 70162 Infearno Inception which features a pursuit vehicle that looks like it could have jumped off of the grid in Tron Legacy, however it was not available at this time. I guess I’ll have to wait to purchase my LEGO legitimately next week.
It’s been quite some time since there has been an update on the development of the sequel to 2010’s Tron: Legacy. Director Joseph Kosinki has been promoting the DVD/Bluray release of Oblivion and had this to say on the status of Tron 3,
Jesse Wigutow is writing TRON 3, and … the sequel kind of takes where we left off with Legacy, that idea presented in the last few minutes of the film, and really expands on it in a real exciting way.
According to ET, Kosinski is also attached to a remake of the 1982 Disney science fiction classic The Black Hole. I don’t have many memories of that film, other than it was oddly terrifying. Soviet looks like it may be two years before we return to The Grid with Sam Flynn and Quorra. I hope that Daft Punk returns to score the film whose contribution to Tron: Legacy is immeasurable.
Tom Cruise, why do you make it so hard to not like you? His latest starring vehicle, Oblivion, is helmed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) and looks like a very slick piece of science fiction storytelling. I can tell you right now, I will be in theaters for this one.
I think Kosinki has a tremendous visual style, which was evident in Tron: Legacy. Couple with Tom Cruise, who regardless of what you think of him personally, treats every role (regardless of importance i.e. Les Grossman from Tropic Thunder) with reverence and gives it a complete performance, and we may have a very solid science fiction actioner.
Kosinski’s Oblivion (also known as Horizons) stars Tom Cruise as Jack Harper, plus Morgan Freeman,Olga Kurylenko, Zoe Bell, Andrea Riseborough, Melissa Leo and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Living and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, Jack’s soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.
While there were some plot points given away in this trailer, (which seems to be the norm these days), I’m very interested to see where Oblivion will be taking us. Oblivion will be released next April exclusively in IMAX.
Found this via Tor.com, and I couldn’t help myself from reposting it here. Someone needs to get this on TeeFury ASAP. It also probably doesn’t help that I’ve been watching TRON Legacy on a constant Comcast OnDemand loop for the last week.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen anything related to the upcoming TRON: Uprising animated series, and the recently release trailer has me very, very interested.
Coming to Disney XD this June, TRON: Uprising will serve as a bridge between TRON and TRON: Legacy. I hope that this will be successful and lend support to the impending theatrical sequel. I think one of the failings of TRON: Legacy in theaters is that other than 30 year olds, there wasn’t much investment in the younger demographics.
Hopefully, this new series will change that. I’m also getting a slight Batman Beyond vibe from this quick preview, which alone ensures that I will be adding this to my DVR schedule as soon as it becomes available.
Director: Joseph Kosinski Stars: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde ★★★★
I used to line up for midnight showings of big ‘event’ movies on a regular basis. As I’ve gotten older and wiser (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines … Really?) I’ve grown increasingly hesitant to make the ultimate late night effort. However, after two years of Disney bombarding me with Tron Legacy promotional material there was really no way I wasn’t going to see this movie on opening night.
When my go to movie buddy called me up and said that he had an ultimate hookup for a midnight IMAX showing on Thursday I as locked in, and it was totally worth it. Tron was released in theaters one year before I was born, so by the time I became aware of it the story and its special effects were outdated and kind of silly. Despite that initial disconnect I’ve grown to appreciate the technical achievements of Tron and have grown to enjoy it.
Tron Legacy is easily the most visually stunning film I’ve seen. From the visual standpoint the only film comparable would be Avatar, but Tron Legacy surpasses it by leaps and bounds. While some film critics are apt to complain about the muddled plot devices and the portrayal of Kevin Flynn as a ‘digital Jedi’, I was able to successfully disengage and enjoy what director Joseph Koskinski was able to deliver.
I wasn’t expecting a drama on the level of The Shawshank Redemption when I filed into the theater on Thursday night, I wanted light cycles and Olivia Wilde in tight leather. In my world, Tron Legacy delivered on every level. If you are going to make the effort to see Tron Legacy in theaters this Christmas season, go big and go for the IMAX 3D it’s absolutely worth it.
Like most denizens of the Interwebz I am extremely pumped for Tron: Legacy. As the reviews are coming out, most are crediting the efforts of electronic rock duo Daft Punk in creating the films digital atmosphere. The soundtrack for Tron Legacy rocketed to the top of my Christmas list and I purchased the first single, Derezzed from iTunes immediately upon its availability.