Is Tron 3 Happening? It Almost Did, and Here’s Why It Stopped

A lightcycle in Tron: Legacy

The Grid was nearly a go in 2015.
Picture: Disney

Odds are a 3rd Tron movie will get made finally. That’s simply how issues work in Hollywood. Concepts get batted round for years, work is finished, then stopped, however at a sure level somebody runs out of recognizable IP and wonders, “What else do we’ve laying round?”

Tron: Legacy, directed by Joseph Kosinski, was launched in December 2010. It was a medium-sized hit however had sufficient followers that work nearly immediately started on a sequel. Each few months, we’d get bread crumbs about it—then it could go away once more. Then, it could come again: as just lately as March 2022, potential star Jared Leto has stated work is constant on some model of a 3rd Tron.

Kosinski, after all, went on to make a number of different movies together with present field workplace hit High Gun Maverick. While doing press for that, he revealed why he thinks the third Tron didn’t occur, and that’s as a result of Disney merely discovered extra reliable, bankable sci-fi franchises. Primarily, Marvel and Star Wars.

“I bought so shut. I actually tried,” Kosinski told Vulture in a wonderful, long-form interview. “I bought shut in 2015, and Disney pulled the plug on it. I hadn’t constructed something, however I had the entire film storyboarded and written. I used to be actually excited as a result of it was inverting the concept: it was all that stuff coming into our world, and it was in regards to the mixing of the 2. Nevertheless it was a special Disney by 2015. Once I made Tron: Legacy, they didn’t personal Marvel; they didn’t personal Star Wars. We had been the play for fantasy and science fiction. And when you’ve bought these different issues beneath your umbrella, it is sensible that you simply’re going to place your cash right into a identified property and never the bizarre artwork pupil with black fingernails within the nook—that was Tron. And that’s okay.”

Had Tron: Legacy been a mega-hit, absolutely Disney would have moved forward anyway. To that time, the actual fact Kosinski was capable of write and storyboard the entire thing exhibits there was curiosity. However as Marvel continued to get larger and greater, then Star Wars got here again, you perceive how the sequel to a movie that price nearly $200 million however solely grossed $400 million turns into much less vital than those that price round that, and gross billions.

Kosinski doesn’t appear sore about it although. “Had I made Tron: Ascension, I wouldn’t have made Solely the Courageous, and I wouldn’t have made the films I made. However keep in mind, the primary Tron was not a success when it got here out. It’s a cult traditional. And if Tron: Legacy’s turning into the identical factor, I couldn’t be extra thrilled.”

Particularly now that his newest movie is such a success and he’s bought one other one, Spiderhead, coming to Netflix later this month. For a full timeline of Tron 3‘s up and down existence, head to this hyperlink.

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