Disney Enlists Pixar to Help With Tron: Legacy Re-Shoots
07.14.10 by BJSprecher
Based on the look of Disney's Tron: Legacy as glimpsed in the trailer, concept art and still images that have been released so far, the movie is shaping up to be the cinematic visual extravaganza of 2010. Many are already calling it "this year's Avatar." Apparently, however, the story wasn't packing an emotional punch on a par with the visual effects because EW recently reported that Disney brought in several Pixar creators to consult on the movie in advance of director Joseph Kosinski's recent re-shoots.
According to EW, Pixar producers John Lasseter and Ed Catmull, director Brad Bird (The Incredibles), and screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) were all invited by Disney for a brainstorming session focused on improving Tron: Legacy's "character[s], emotion, and theme." Following the one-day exercise, Disney hired Arndt and Bird to write pages for Kosinski's June re-shoots alongside original writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.
Regarding Pixar's involvement with Tron: Legacy, Disney president of production Sean Bailey commented, "We were very fortunate that Pixar wanted to play a part in it." Bailey said that he gives "immense credit" to Kosinski and the filmmaking team and that the decision to bring in Pixar was born out of a desire to "give the fans the best movie we can."
Tron: Legacy stars Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner, Michael Sheen and John Hurt.