Tron: Legacy Reaches Blockbuster Status; Olivia Wilde and Director Joseph Kosinski Talk Tron 3
12.31.10 by Ryan
It's taken a couple of weeks, but THR reports that Disney's highly anticipated sequel Tron: Legacy has earned more than $100 million at the domestic box office, typically the benchmark for "blockbuster" status. Combined with the movie's foreign box office take, Tron: Legacy is now in pure profit mode, having conquered its $170 million budget.
Usually, when movies reach this level of profitability, a sequel announcement is not far behind. While Disney has yet to make that pronouncement, director Joseph Kosinski told MTV in a recent interview that he would be willing to return for another installment.
I think we've created a world that has a lot of possibilities in it. It was important to me that we created those connections back to the original film. If audiences are interested in this movie and decide they want to go back, and we can find the right story and a way to push the envelope again, I would definitely consider going back.
Olivia Wilde is one of the cast member who would return for another Tron, and the actress admitted she'd be "thrilled" to return.
I'm so thrilled to play with Quorra in the human world. It would be sort of like Splash. I want to see her whispering to laptops and hugging toasters.... There's a whole other chapter ahead.
Another character who could play an integral role in the sequel would be Edward Dillinger Jr., the son of the original movie's villain (played by David Warner). Cillian Murphy played the younger Dillinger, who only appears in one scene in Legacy, but could see the role expanded in a third Tron.
"Cillian Murphy — we were so lucky to have in this film," admitted Wilde. "His part in Tron Legacy is so mysterious and cool. His role really fits into the mythology of Tron, the corrupt environment of ENCOM. It just shows you that this fight is far from over."
That is, if Disney greenlights a return to the game grid. The THR report stated that 25% of Legacy's domestic box office is yielded from IMAX, a format that isn't frequented by the average moviegoer. The report claims that this is a sign that Legacy has yet to gain broader appeal, but plans for an animated series to debut on Disney XD are in the works, which should get more kids to love Tron. Should Kosinski return, the director revealed in a previous interview that all he would like is a completed script before shooting begins.