At last, Tron 3 is finally moving forward at Disney with director Joachim Rønning attached to the project. Deadline reports that the Maleficent 2 director is currently in talks to helm the new Tron film.
Jared Leto has been looking forward to rebooting Tron. Disney has been trying to reboot the franchise for some time now. This actually started back in 2017.
The project is called Tron: Ares, but I’m not sure if that title will be kept in the future. No reason why it can’t change while it’s still in development, or for some reason, it might stick. For now, we don’t have any details about the film.
But getting a director means that Disney and Jared Leto already have a plan moving forward. The script is being written by Jesse Wigutow, who has worked on The Prince and It Runs In The Family. Wigutow also worked on early drafts of The Crow reboot.
Joachim Rønning is known for working on Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He’s just wrapped filming Young Woman and the Sea with Daisy Ridley.
Tron 3 Now Has Joachim Rønning To Helm The Film
The 1982 film Tron starred Jeff Bridges, who played the role of Kevin Flynn. He was transported into the world inside the computer called the Grid.
Flynn was forced to play games which meant life or death. Flynn was helped by a program called Tron, portrayed by Bruce Boxleitner. The movie was groundbreaking for its visuals and showed what computer graphics could do for cinema.
Tron did well enough at the box office, but it was more of a cult hit than anything.
Eventually, Disney did make a new Tron sequel called Tron: Legacy which came out in 2010. It was supposed to be a soft reboot of Tron with planned sequels.
Even though the movie was a sequel, it was a retelling of the original film. Very similar to what J.J. Abrams did with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which is basically Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, just told in a different context.
Jeff Bridges returned to reprise his role as Kevin Flynn and Clu. Bruce Boxleitner also returned from the original film. But the film was now led by Garrett Hedlund, who played Sam Flynn, and Olivia Wilde as Quorra.
Again, the film tried to innovate. It’s the first movie that I can think of that featured de-aged actors using CGI. It wasn’t a home run, and I think people criticised on that too much instead of the film.
But it did pave the way for why we can see a young Luke Skywalker in The Mandalorian or a young Robert Downey in Captain America: Civil War.
Legacy ended with the potential to have a sequel. They even teased that Quorra would have a bigger role in the next film and Sam Flynn finally taking over his father’s business at ENCOM.
Cillian Murphy was even teased as possibly the antagonist of the franchise as Edward Dillinger Jr., son of the former Senior Executive Ed Dillinger.
Jared Leto’s Tron 3 Is Now Moving Forward With Disney
Tron: Legacy did get a spinoff animated series called Tron: Uprising starring Elijah Wood and Mandy Moore. Also, a game called Tron: Evolution and a comic book mini-series titled Tron: Betrayal.
But the plans for the films died down.
Jared Leto’s involvement is a positive light to this, especially for fans of the franchise. Leto himself is a multi-award-winning actor. He’s received awards from the Critics’ Choice Awards, Golden Globes and even the Academy Awards.
I know Leto is a good actor, but his role as Morbius (2022) didn’t really give me that confidence. But I am rooting for Leto to shine, because I think he deserves it.
Tron 3 or Tron: Ares is planning to reboot the franchise again. Not only that, but it is said that it will continue the story that was built on Tron: Legacy. So, there is hope that there will be a series of films and possibly TV series and more.
We wonder if we’ll still see Garrett Hedlund, Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde, and Bruce Boxleitner back in the Grid.
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