Tron was a film from 1982 that featured a user in the real world being digitized and transported into the computer realm, where he fought against programs run amok. Twenty-eight years later, a sequel film hit the screens titled Tron: Legacy. The film did alright, with a gross of just over 400 million dollars on a budget of 170 million dollars. Early on there were talks about a third Tron film, with rumors of the cast being back in 2015, but a pulling of the plug shortly after that news.
Well, it looks like Disney *might* be ready to boot up the franchise again. According to this report, an interview with Disney music & soundtrack and live action films executive Mitchell Leib on the Light the Fuse podcast brings up the possible Tron resurrection. The interview brings up Leib’s view that the streaming platform Disney+, might be a good place for the new feature as it does not require billion dollar box office results. He also talks about his conversations with Daft Punk‘s Paul Hahn about a script and timing:
“Now with Disney+, I think there’s opportunities to be creating content that we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to create, you know because we’re in the movie business” … “We’re in the big movie business, and unless it’s a big movie idea we don’t make small movies. We’re only after basically billion dollar box office hits. On the one hand, that’s great. On the other hand, that’s a very narrow sleeve to operate in, and Disney+ I think is going to afford us the opportunity to expand and get much more diversified in the kind of content we can create. And Daft Punk has a bit of a television and movie development company, and all kinds of things they’re into, businesses they’re into. So I had lunch with Paul Hahn to further a bit of a starting conversation that we’re looking at making a sequel to Tron now, we’re looking at Tron 3. And we’ve got a great script, I mean a really phenomenal script that we’re very excited about. Whereas the timing wasn’t right to have done it years ago, I think we feel like the timing is right now, and I feel like we’ve learned a lot of lessons from that last movie.”
This isn’t the first time Tron was spoken in relation to Disney+, an unannounced Tron project run by John Ridley, was rumored to be in development, but was axed. We’ll see if Leib’s optimism bears any digital fruit for the future of Tron.