With the announcements that Jesse Wegutow has been hired to scribe a new draft for the film and that Garrett Hedlund is now officially on board, development of ‘Tron 3’ is moving much more quickly than anticipated. Just how quickly? During an interview with Collider regarding his new sci-fi film ‘Oblivion,’ director Joseph Kosinski happily gave an update about the sequel’s progress.
Kosinski assures fans that he Disney have an idea that would make ‘Tron 3’ worth watching – which was a contributing factor for him to return in the helmer’s chair:
“Well the only reason to go back, for me and I think for anyone involved would be if we could do something truly spectacular. We’ve been talking about it for a couple years and there’s always been this idea, a big idea, in the back of my head that we’ve been talking about. The idea itself, the notion of what the next Tron could be, is exciting enough that it would be worth going back to do it. Obviously we hinted some things at the end of Legacy, it’s kind of there for people to see what that potential is. So we just want to make sure that we have a script that delivers on that promise on an epic scale.”
How “epic” this story is must be very much so as Kosinski had likened it to another epic sci-fi sequel:
“I’ve said it would have to be our Empire Strikes Back for me to come back and for me to pull the whole team back together. I think we do have that idea. We do have the idea that feels big and really blows the doors off this franchise. It’s hinted at promises of something for two movies now, for thirty years, so it’s time to deliver on that. But the script’s got to be at a level that makes it worth going back for, because it’s a lot of work to make a movie like this and it’s a multi-year project. So we’ve got our writer Jesse Wigutow on it right now writing, and fingers crossed if it all comes together, as we hope it will, there could be another Tron in the next few years, and it’s going to be awesome.”
Whether ‘Tron 3’ will be Kosinski’s next project is really dependent on how soon that script can be written:
“There is certainly a chance, like I said; we’re writing the script now. Sometimes with these things all the pieces fall into place. I mean, we’ve been talking about this for years and we don’t have the script now, but sometimes things fall into place very quickly, and if everything lines up it could happen. That’s all I can say, it’s too early.”
One of the fascinating aspects of ‘Tron: Legacy’ was the look of the world of Tron and while it would be very easy for Kosinski to just re-use material from this film for the sequel, he has decided to design a whole new Tron world!
“I don’t want to say too much about it but the goal would not be to simply re-use. We’re not going to re-use the assets from Legacy, that’s no fun. If we’re going to do to it, we’re going to reinvent all over again and it’s going to be a whole new generation for reasons that are very story-driven. That’s all I can say.”
While Kosinski didn’t reveal any details about the storyline of “Tron 3,’ he did talk about the timeline of the film:
“I think time has passed. It feels like we’re kind of real-time in step. So however much time has passed since Legacy came out would also have transpired in the real world. So it will still be contemporary. So let’s say if the Tron sequel comes out in 2015, then four or five years have passed since the last movie.”
This is really exciting news for fans of the ‘Tron’ franchise and the knowledge that Kosinski and Disney are really taking their time to make sure they have a script that fulfills their expectations is very promising. Let’s hope Wegutow can come through with that a script sooner than later. With the way computer technology has advanced, even since the ‘Tron: Legacy,’ the possibilities of how Sam and Olivia’s story can continue is exciting to think about!
For the full transcript of the interview, head over to Collider.
As usual, we’ll keep you posted on any ‘Tron3’ development as more information is released!