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The biggest shocker at Comic Con was the premiere of a 3-minute trailer for Tron 2. The reason why it was such a shocker is that, as far as anyone knew, the film hadn’t even gone into production. But the trailer featured a fantastic completed lightcycle chase. So how did it come to be?
Jim Hill explains all the behind the scenes happenings of this project in detail on his blog, but here is the basic details: John Lasseter got behind the project. Disappointed with the direction Steve Lisberger was going in, Lasseter hired Lost writers Eddie Kitsis & Adam Horowitz to overhaul the screenplay. And as we reported a while back, the mouse house hired commercial director Joseph Kosinski (you can see some of his fantastic work here) to helm the project.
But the guys at Disney weren’t yet convinced that Kosinski’s vision of Tron 2 would be commercially viable. So Kosinski spent six months with Digital Domain creating the three-minute-long sequence which was shown at Comic Con as a teaser trailer. And judging by the fan reaction at the Con, I’m guessing that Disney will fast track the sequel into production to meet the announced 2011 release date.
Update: The trailer has leaked onto YouTube.
There have been a number of rumblings in the film news world about another Tron film being released by Disney, including word that it would be in 3D, and even that Jeff Bridges was going to be hearing a pitch about a sequel. No actual information had been confirmed though.
Courtesy of the folks at Disney, Comic Con got a surprise look at a scene from the film. The teaser starts off with the camera panning through a strange stylized landscape. At this point, nobody knew what we were watching, so only silence filled the hall. And then, two blue/yellow suit-wearing motorcyclists burst into frame, engaged in a frenzy of a race. Audiences erupted in applause.
The race continues to grow heated between the two players until the yellow guy finds a way to swerve in front of the blue, leaving his yellow race trail behind him. The blue guy smashes into it and causes sort of an electric ripple, launching him over the edge of the track. He grabs on a ledge, just barely holding on.
We then see a bearded Jeff Bridges in his house, sitting calmly with his legs crossed.
Back to the virtual world, we see the yellow guy standing over the blue. His visor lifts up, revealing Bridges underneath. The blue guy shouts, “This is just a game!” Bridges looks down, smiles, and pulls out a glowing yellow circular disc (fans will probably know the name of this thing). Looking at the camera, he swings the disc down violently and the title lights up on screen: Tr2n.
Stupid title aside, this clip was easily enough to highten my anticipation for this film. Not only is it just incredibly awesome to see Jeff Bridges go back to a character he played before he was a household name, but the way the graphics have been updated is slick without being unfaithful to the original. In a way, I’ve been convinced the sequel is no longer an unnecessary Hollywood cashgrab, because the contrast between the old and the new is very reminiscent of what recent generations have been experiencing with constantly updated video game graphics/technology.
Apparently, it will be about a year until any other footage for the film will be seen. Hopefully this means Disney is planning on having a full-on panel presentation next year.
A couple months ago it was reported that Commercial director and David Fincher prodigy Joseph Kosinski was in final talks to direct a sequel, described as “the next chapter”, to Disney’s 1982 cult classic Tron. A script was being written by Lost scribes Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, but with the writers strike, who knows how far they got Our good friend Frosty got the chance to ask Jeff Bridges if he would be returning for the sequel/remake/reboot. Bridges told Collider that he is scheduled to hear a pitch for the sequel soon.
“Why not to do it?” Bridges asked. “The reasons to do it and the reason I did that one (The original Tron) was because it was so innovative and I understand that they’ve got a whole new batch of stuff like that, innovations that they want to use on this so that could be kind of fun.”
I’m excited at the possibility of a new Tron for the next generation. Kosinski has some really cool stuff on his commercial reel, and is likely to add some technical innovation. But will bringing back some of the original cast members be in the film’s best interest?
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Last week we reported hat TRON director Steven Lisberger is finally set to make his return to the big screen after a 19 year absence with a film co-authored by Jessica Chobot titled The Soul Code. We told you that for years Lisberger has trying to get a TRON sequel off the ground. Well it now looks like a sequel will happen, but without Lisberger attached to write or direct. I wonder if the announcement last week had anything to do with fast-tracking this project into production.
Commercial director Joseph Kosinski is in final talks to develop and direct TRON. That’s right, even though the film is being described as “the next chapter”, the film will be released under the original title of the 1982 cult classic film. Lisberger isn’t completely out of the mix, he will be given a producing credit (who knows if its anything more than that – a credit). You might remember Kosinski’s name because last month he was also announced to helm the Logan’s Run remake. You can check out some of his commercial work at this link.
The new movie is being written by Lost scribes Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, with input from Kosinski. Tron is one of the first movies with extensive computer generated graphics and effects, and is certainly ripe for a remake. My only trepidation is that the effects might be updated too much, and the film not resemble the original. I don’t think that Disney would let this happen however. Kosinski has done a lot of work integrating live action with CG, so this should be the perfect project for him.
The original film was about a computer hacker/arcade owner who is split into molecules and is transported into a computer. In this computer a mean program called Master Control behaves like a dictator. The hacker, who programmed a number of features of the environment he got into, teams up with a book keeping program and his girl-friend and together they try to replace Master Control with Tron. Tron is an honest safety system.
Source: Hollywood Reporter