Attempting to keep up with all the film events in Los Angeles is an exercise in futility. There’s simply too much going on all at once, all over town. But every once in a while a few pieces of news hit at once and that’s why we created /Film LA. Here’s what we’ve got.

  1. The original 1982 Tron is screening March 5 at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica with writer/director Steven Lisberger and more in attendance. As an added bonus, it’ll be in 70mm.
  2. My favorite and probably the best theater chain in all of Los Angeles, Arclight Cinemas, just released their first iPhone application.
  3. Disney has finally set the official opening date for the Disneyland opening of the brand new Star Tours: The Adventures Continue: June 3. Also opening that day is an all-new Little Mermaid ride.
  4. In case you missed it, Quentin Tarantino is taking over his New Beverly Cinema in March including a premiere run of Kill Bill: The Whole Blood Affair.

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Is Disney Scared To Release ‘TRON’ on Blu-ray?

TRON: Legacy is now just under two months away. With October 28 being “TRON Night” across the country, as multiple IMAX screens screen 20 minutes of the new film, it seems like a good time to ask, “Where’s the inevitable Blu-ray release of the original TRON?” There was once talk of not only a Blu-ray release but maybe even a small theatrical re-release timed with TRON: Legacy’s December 17 opening. Time is now running short, though, and it seems like even with all the money being spent on creating and marketing this new version of TRON, the original is kind of getting the shaft. And guess what? It might be our fault. Read More »

Comic-Con 2010: Cast and Crew Talk Tron Legacy

Everyone wants to know more and more about Tron Legacy. For those of you not at Comic-Con, we have transcribed the entire Tron Legacy panel which took place on Thursday. Here is the panel’s official description:

Returning for an unprecedented third year to the fans and convention that started it all, Walt Disney Pictures is pleased to present a special insider look at the upcoming TRON: Legacy. Panelists include filmmakers and talent from the film: director Joe Kosinski, producers Sean Bailey and Steven Lisberger, and cast members Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, and Bruce Boxleitner. The discussion, moderated by Patton Oswalt, is set to include exclusive glimpses of the film, as well as a Q&A involving all panel participants, along with special surprise guests.

Read the full transcription now after the jump.
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Tron Legacy Behind the Scenes
In June 2009, I had the opportunity to visit the Vancouver set of Tron Legacy (you can watch our set visit preview video blog here). Over the course of the next couple days I’ll be posting a few of the transcripts of the roundtable interviews that we conducted on the set with the cast and crew, with a lot more to come in a few months. Yesterday we posted our interview with Jeff Bridges, who reprises his role as Kevin Flynn in the Tron sequel.

Today we have the transcript from our roundtable set interview with Steven Lisberger, the writer/director/creator of the original Tron, who is on board for Tron Legacy as a producer, writer, and actor (he has a small cameo in the film, in the scene seen above).

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Tron Legacy

I just returned home from the Tron Legacy event in Los Angeles, held at The Bridge IMAX Theatre. The event was actually to premiere the first Tron Legacy movie trailer, which will be attached to Alice in Wonderland next week.

After the jump you can watch a short 10-minute video blog I recorded with Alex of FirstShowing after the screening. We talk about the viral that led to this event, the event itself and peoples reactions. I try to give a brief description of the trailer, and we give our short thoughts on the trailer itself. I was going to joke about how we recorded a 10 minute video review of a two minute trailer, but as you can see, its much more than that. For those of you who don’t want to watch the video, I’ve also included a few thoughts in text below.

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TR2N Will Be Released in 3D

AICN got a chance to chat briefly with TR2N director Joseph Kosinski over the weekend, who revealed that not only was the Comic Con test footage filmed in steroscopic 3D, but the final film will also be filmed and released using the latest in 3D technology. If there is one movie I want to see in 3D, it is a sequel to TRON.

Kosinski was also able to confirm at TRON creator Steven Lisberger is involved as a consultant, and that the external riders seen in the Comic Con preview were actually part of his original design, but deemed too technologically challenged for the original 1982 film. The director also seems confident that the film could be ready for a late 2010 release. It should be noted that the original film was released in July, and TRON doesn’t really seem like a holiday film to me… You can read Beaks full report on AICN.

Discuss: Are you excited to see TRON 2 in 3D?

Joseph Kosinski to direct TRON Sequel

Tron 2.0 video gameLast 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

TRON Director Makes a Come Back with Soul Code

Tron PosterTRON director Steven Lisberger is finally set to make his return to the big screen after a 19 year absence. Following TRON, Lisberger directed the bad John Cusack film Hot Pursuit and the even more horrible sci-fi adventure Slipstream, starring Bob Peck, Mark Hamill and Bill Paxton. And it’s not for a lack of trying, Lisberger has been trying to sell a few ideas to Hollywood for a while now without success. He even penned a Tron sequel a few years back which fell into development hell.

Lisberger will helm the Soul Code, a film written in collaboration with Jessica Chobot. The project was sold to Reliant Pictures for mid-six figures. According to Variety, the story follows “a tech pioneer who has perfected a way to download and transfer a person’s memory. Script examines what happens when her memory is placed into a much younger woman’s body.” Marina at MadAboutMovies thinks the “story is a rip-off of a bunch of other writer’s works, primarily William Gibson,” and I think I agree with her assessment. However, like many contemporary geeks, I’m very desperate for a good sci-fi film.