Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Almost a year ago, it was revealed that Disney was secretly working on a Tron video game and imaginations got fired up. Between this video game, Tron characters joining Disney Infinity, the new Tron Lightcycle Power Run ride at Shanghai Disneyland, and the hazy existence of Tron 3 on the horizon, it was a good time to be a fan of this fascinating, but wounded film series.
And then Tron 3 was canceled. And now, that video game looks to be a pretty straightforward “runner,” albeit one that makes good use of the series’ stunning visuals. Weep, Tron acolytes! For this is not the best time to be fan of this franchise.
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Few musicians are as equally mysterious and revered as Daft Punk, the electronic music duo which consists of French musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, both always concealed by sleek suits and helmets at every public performance.
And now a feature length film is on the way called Daft Punk Unchained, touted as the first ever documentary about the electro duo responsible for such feats of musical genius as the TRON Legacy soundtrack, the album Human After All, and the more recent radio hit “Get Lucky,” featuring super producer and singer Pharrell Williams.
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Disney has released a video showing off the upcoming Tron ride at Shanghai Disneyland Resort. The coaster attraction will be called TRON Lightcycle Power Run, and will be located in Tomorrowland. Hit the jump to watch the first concept video of this new Tron ride.
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Two films with sequels in the works might see further integration into Disney’s California theme parks later this decade. A new blog posted on MiceChat says Disney is considering revamping a huge section of Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure and theming it around Monsters Inc., which has its prequel Monsters University out this year. The biggest change would involve removing Muppet Vision 3D and replacing it with a roller coaster thrill ride inspired by the door chase at the end of Monsters Inc.
The second rumored upgrade would happen across the courtyard at the flagship park, Disneyland. The current idea is to take Tomorrowland and give it an update, that would be centered on a light cycle ride inspired by Tron, Tron Legacy and the possible Tron 3. Read more below. Read More »
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times. “If the idea is good enough, we’ll do it.” It’s the tried and true response from Hollywood filmmakers when asked about a potential sequel to a popular film and the implications are two fold. First, it implies the first film was made without an idea for a sequel, which is probably why it was good in the first place. Second, it means they have no idea what that sequel could be.
In the case of Tron 3, which is the title we’re using for the sequel to Tron: Legacy, there is an idea. Screenwriter Jesse Wigutow is writing it and star Garret Hedlund is expecting to come back. If that happens, he’ll return under the eye of Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. Kosinski, the director of the upcoming Tom Cruise film Oblivion, recently spoke about the idea for Tron 3 and 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.” What could that idea be? He didn’t say, but he hinted at a few things and we can speculate together after the jump. Read More »
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Whether you love or hate TRON: Legacy, few would argue it’s a beautiful movie. Every penny of the Disney sequel’s reported $170 million budget is undeniably on screen in the form of all kinds of different special effects.
Bradley Munkowitz, aka GMUNK, was the lead animated graphics artist on the film and led a team that created about 10 minutes of those special effects. But not some big action set piece like one usually thinks of when talking about special effects. He created the user interfaces and holograms found in various scenes. In the world of Tron, those visuals are some of the most important things on the Grid. GMunk has uploaded six videos highlighting his work from the film, in context. They play like etherial, effects heavy movie/music videos. Check them out below.
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Despite the relatively tepid financial and critical reception TRON: Legacy got in 2010, everyone who would potentially be involved in a sequel still believes it will happen. Tron himself, Bruce Boxleitner, keeps giving potential start dates, Legacy director Joseph Kosinski has talked about the plot and the screenwriters of that film, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, handed the writing reigns for a third movie to Dave DiGilio.
At WonderCon, Kitsis and Horowitz – who were on hand to promote the show that took then away from Tron, Once Upon A Time, confirmed they’d read DiGilio’s first draft and couldn’t help be do a little teasing. Read more after the jump. Read More »
On his latest film Cowboys and Aliens, director Jon Favreau has decided to take the EPK interviews into his own hands and record conversations with the cast and crew. I love that Favreau is doing this, but I have two complaints: 1. I wish he would release the interview in long form, not broken up into highlight clips and 2. I’m surprised that Favreau is releasing these things on the Huffington Post, an profitable online publication that doesn’t pay their bloggers (why would Favreau support this kind of site?). Moving on… We’ve previously posted Favreau’s sit-down interview with the film’s co-star Harrison Ford and another one with producers Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Today we bring you Favreau’s interview with Olivia Wilde. Hit the jump to watch the video clips now.
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We’d all surmised that TRON 3, a sequel to 2010’s TRON: Legacy, was likely to happen. But with director Joseph Kosinski busy with one thing and writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis back working on TV, the project seemed frozen. That’s not the case anymore. Disney has just hired David DiGilio, whose only previous feature film credit was writing the Paul Walker dog movie Eight Below, to write the next chapter in the saga. But will it actually make it to production? Read more after the jump. Read More »