Tron 2? Yes, please.
Posted by Balcony Fool on July 25, 2008
Cyberspace is afire with news that Tron 2 (aka TR2N – seriously?) is on its way. Not only is the project finally a go after all these years, they’ve actually already shot some footage! Yesterday at ComiCon, Disney screened a three-minute promo, featuring — and this is where the story gets really good — Jeff Bridges, the original party tronster. But is he a villain this time around? And will Bruce “I Was Actually Tron” Boxleitner appear as well? What about the mousy chick? Disney somehow managed to keep this whole thing a secret, and it sounds like they’re going to operate under a veil of secrecy for the foreseeable future. (UPDATE: Peter Chattaway points out that this wasn’t much of a secret, after all.) While we wait for more details to emerge, let’s all take a moment to the thank the Great Spirit (Cecil B. DeMille) that this is a sequel, and not a remake. How lucky are we? Thanks, Hollywood! You’re so good to us.
One other interesting note: apparently the promo was originally going to screen in 3-D, but the process wasn’t ready. Will the movie itself be shot in 3-D? I know we’re living at the dawn of a new cinematic age and all, but I still tend to think of 3-D as a gimmick. Nevertheless, this is one film that could really take advantage of the technology. Imagine an immersive Tron world! My imagination quakes.
The director is some guy called Joseph Kosinski, whose sole credit appears to be the not-yet-shooting remake of Logan’s Run. Nothing against Mr. Kosinski, but why not Steven Lisberger? As co-writer and director of the original film, I can’t think of a reason why he wouldn’t get a shot at the sequel. Last I heard, Lisberger was working on this, but either that project has fizzled, or he just wants to make it an even twenty years between films.
I don’t know about any of you, but for me this ranks just below the Star Wars prequels in terms of anticipation. Let’s just hope this one works out a little better. (Is it even possible for it to work out worse? Or even as bad?) Tron fans have been waiting 26 years to see their heroes on the screen again, so don’t screw it up, Joe. (No pressure.)