New Screenwriter Hired for Tron 3
06.08.11 by Ryan
Disney wants to take another trip to the grid and, this time, they don't want to wait 28 years to do it.
THR reports that Disney has hired screenwriter David DiGilio (Eight Below) to write a third installment of the franchise, which began in 1982 with Tron and continued in last year's Tron: Legacy. Digilio wouldn't be the first writer hired to take a pen to Tron 3 (working title).
Tron: Legacy screenwriters Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis were hired to write the script for Tron 3 about eight months before Legacy opened. However, they're apparently too busy working on their upcoming ABC TV show Once Upon a Time, so DiGilio was brought in to replace the duo.
A third Tron isn't an absolute certainty, despite earning $400 million in worldwide box office (not including DVD and Blu-Ray sales). Disney is reportedly waiting to see how the upcoming animated show Tron Uprising will perform on its Disney XD channel before moving forward with Tron 3.
No word on whether director Joseph Kosinski will also return, though he has expressed interest in coming back for another Tron. In April, Kosinski said a third Tron would "pick up where Tron: Legacy left off" and would expand Cillian Murphy's role from Legacy into a more substantial one. However, with a new writer working on the script, there's no telling where Tron 3 will go outside of likely ending up back inside a computer at some point.
Cast members Olivia Wilde and Bruce Boxleitner have both expressed interest in returning.