Joseph Kosinski offered Tron fans the best reassurance yet that a third movie in the franchise could not only happen, but they have a title and screenplay already prepared. The Tron: Legacy director oversaw the 2010 title that brought back Jeff Bridges alongside Olivia Wilde, Garrett Hedlund, Bruce Boxleitner and Michael Sheen.
That $170m production received a decent $400.1m return. Although that wasn't enough for Disney, who went on a rampage to acquire Marvel and LucasFilm. That choice has been the instigator in the delay of a third movie according to Kosinski. As he outlines the current standing of the series.
Like Han Solo In Empire, T3 Is In A Freeze
Admitting that The Avengers, X-Men and Star Wars have taken Disney's top billing priorities, the director gave a rundown of the issues facing the franchise.
"I guess I can say that Tron 3 is in cryogenic freeze," he remarked. "So, it's there. It's not dead. It's alive, but it's sitting there, waiting for the right time to move forward. I mean, you have to remember that when we made Tron: Legacy, Disney did not own Marvel. Disney did not own LucasFilm... they own everything now. But this was before they owned everything, so from the studio point of view, they have a certain number of slots and a certain amount of money to make movies and if you can make a Star Wars spinoff or another Marvel movie, which are all doing incredibly well, a Tron movie, even though I think it would do very well, the question is: Would it do as well as one of those?
That is more the reason we haven't seen another Tron is that Disney stock is flushed with really successful properties right now. But that doesn't mean we won't see one at one point."
Hoping That Ascension Will Take Lift Off
On the plus side, the blueprints have already been written up for Tron 3. And, as icing on the cake, Kosinski says the film has an established name. Although the previous pictures have focused on the struggle to get inside the arena, this proposed blockbuster would be about getting out of it.
"The movie was called Tron: Ascension, I think that's out there," says the director. "I think we got the script to about 80%. We were in good shape. We were probably eight or nine months out, which is still a good amount of distance from being ready to shoot it, but I think the script was in good shape. What I'm excited about is the concept, which is an invasion movie from inside the machine coming out as opposed to one we've usually seen. So we hinted at that at the end of Legacy with Quorra coming out, but the idea for Ascension was a movie that was, the first act was in the real world, the second act was in the world of Tron, or multiple worlds of Tron, and the third act was totally in the real world.
And I think that really opens up, blows open the concept of Tron in a way that would be thrilling to see on screen. But there's also a really interesting character study in Quorra and a Stranger in a Strange Land, trying to figure out where she belongs having lived in the real world for a few years, and where does she fit in."