Tron 3 "Already a Done Deal," Says Bruce Boxleitner; Tron: Uprising Promo Trailer
08.30.11 by BrentJS
After Disney hired screenwriter David DiGilio (Eight Below) to write a sequel to Tron: Legacy in early June, it was assumed that the studio would make an official announcement about Tron 3 (working title) at this month's D23 Expo, but no such announcement was made. Disney hyped John Carter, The Avengers, Oz: The Great and Powerful and Pixar's upcoming slate of movies, but Tron 3 was completely off the radar. Well, not completely. Actor Bruce Boxleitner, who played Alan Bradley and the heroic program Tron in both the original movie and in Tron: Legacy, was in attendance at D23 and he revealed that Tron 3 is "already a done deal" and that it could be in theaters as early as 2013.
Oh, that's already a done deal. It's already in the works, my friend, already in the works. ... 2013, I think.
It's unclear whether Boxleitner's statements were simply optimistic, based on the hiring of DiGilio to write the script, or if they were informed by some sort of special insider knowledge. More likely than not, Disney is holding off on making an official announcement about Tron 3 until they have a script that they like and a director at the helm, whether Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski or someone else.
It's also possible that Disney wants to hold off on further development of the Tron franchise until they see how well the upcoming Disney XD animated series, Tron: Uprising, performs. Written by Tron: Legacy screenwriters Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, the 10-part, in-continuity "micro-series" serves as a bridge between the original Tron and Tron: Legacy. Horowitz told BoxOfficeMagazine that they are taking the series "very seriously" and "hope that it adds to the depth" of Tron: Legacy.
This animated show will take place from when Flynn is in a safe house. It's from when Clu takes over the grid to before when Sam comes in. So if you were wondering what was the grid like before that, then watch the show. ... Our intention is to try and make something that is more than just, let's go get something. We treat Tron very, very seriously and as writers we try to have a reason and a world for everything and not all of it gets to be shown because in this particular movie, we only had two hours.
Here's the Tron: Uprising promo from the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, which includes a voiceover by Boxleitner and music from Daft Punk. The series is currently slated for a Summer 2012 debut.