TRON 3 director on the film’s tone, technology, timeline and more


It was recently reported that Disney had shown renewed interest in doing a third “TRON” film, with those rumours backed up by “TRON Legacy” star Garrett Hedlund this week who, on the promotional trail for his new film “On the Road”, confirmed he’ll be back reprising his role as Flynn Jr for the tech-heavy sequel.

Collider caught up with “TRON Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski who talked in fairly great detail about what he and Disney have brewing for “TRON” fans.

Firstly, Kosinski suggested they’re planning a second sequel of enormous scale.

“Well the only reason to go back, for me and I think for anyone involved would be if we could do something truly spectacular. We’ve been talking about it for a couple years and there’s always been this idea, a big idea, in the back of my head that we’ve been talking about. The idea itself, the notion of what the next Tron could be, is exciting enough that it would be worth going back to do it. Obviously we hinted some things at the end of Legacy, it’s kind of there for people to see what that potential is. So we just want to make sure that we have a script that delivers on that promise on an epic scale.

”I’ve said it would have to be our Empire Strikes Back for me to come back and for me to pull the whole team back together. I think we do have that idea. We do have the idea that feels big and really blows the doors off this franchise. It’s hinted at promises of something for two movies now, for thirty years, so it’s time to deliver on that. But the script’s got to be at a level that makes it worth going back for, because it’s a lot of work to make a movie like this and it’s a multi-year project. So we’ve got our writer Jesse Wigutow on it right now writing, and fingers crossed if it all comes together, as we hope it will, there could be another Tron in the next few years, and it’s going to be awesome.”

Kosinski, who revealed that the film will have an even more advanced and slightly different look to “TRON Legacy”, spoke about the amount of time that would’ve passed [on-screen] between the last film and this new one.

“I think time has passed. It feels like we’re kind of real-time in step. So however much time has passed since Legacy came out would also have transpired in the real world. So it will still be contemporary. So let’s say if the Tron sequel comes out in 2015, then four or five years have passed since the last movie.”
“There is certainly a chance” this could be Kosinki’s next film, he said. “Like I said; we’re writing the script now. Sometimes with these things all the pieces fall into place. I mean, we’ve been talking about this for years and we don’t have the script now, but sometimes things fall into place very quickly, and if everything lines up it could happen. That’s all I can say, it’s too early.”

As for who would be rejoining Hedlund for the next film, we can only speculate that Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner would be back in some shape-or-form, and there’s also been suggestions that Cillian Murphy and David Warner might be back as villains.

But how about Cindy Morgan? She was a huge part of the original “TRON”. Surely she’s due a reappearance?