Earlier this year, fans looking to return to the Grid received some good news as Walt Disney Pictures was gearing up for ‘Tron 3’ to shoot in Vancouver under the direction of Joseph Kosinski. Later, reports emerged stating that ‘Tron: Legacy’ stars Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde would reprise their roles as Sam Flynn and Quorra when cameras rolled in the fall of 2015. However, it now looks like that any hopes of a third film being released to complete the ‘Tron’ trilogy any time soon has been derezzed.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has chosen not to move forward with ‘Tron 3.’ Though the film has been in development since the 2010 sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic starring Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner grossed about $400 million worldwide, the project was never officially greenlit despite the reports of people joining the production. At one point, there was even interest in Jared Leto being added to the cast, but an offer was never made to the acclaimed actor that is currently filling the iconic clown shoes of the Joker in David Ayers’ ‘Suicide Squad’.
Recently, the House of Mouse has found a good amount of success with its live-action films such as ‘Maleficent’ and ‘Cinderella’. But the reports note that the mysterious ‘Tomorrowland’ from Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof underperforming with a $33 million domestic debut during it’s opening weekend has something to do with nixing ‘Tron 3.’ I’m not really sure what one’s failure has to do with the other’s success, but the studio is probably choosing to put more steam behind other upcoming films such as ‘Alice: Through The Looking Glass’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, or ‘Mulan’ instead of a film that received mixed reviews from critics.
Regardless of what the critics thought, the ‘Tron’ films have become cult classics among fans. While some members of the media may be happy to see Flynn’s Arcade shut down again, the franchise did manage to bounce back after 28 years, so it’s possible that they could do it again. But for now, it’s game over.
Are you disappointed that Disney pulled the plug on ‘Tron 3’? Do you think that there’s a chance it could bounce back somewhere down the line? Or is this really the End of the Line Club? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below.