We finally just learned a bit what the in-limbo and “not cancelled” ‘Tron 3‘ would have been about when news that Jared Leto (‘Suicide Squad’,’Dallas Buyers Club’) is now circling a reboot of the franchise. Fresh off of ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and with no current commitments with Warner Brothers to reprise his role as The Joker, it seems like the actor wants to work on another genre film. I just can’t say I wish it were a reboot of one of the most iconic science fiction films of all time. It seems that while the ‘Tron 2’ director felt that a third movie could still happen, Disney is exploring other options.
At this time talks are so early that neither a writer or director are involved but we do know that Justin Sprinter (‘Oblivion’) who was a co-producer on ‘Tron: Legacy’ would produce alongside Leto and his partner Emma Ludbrook. How involved the duo would be is unclear, but as it sounds like it is being billed just as much as a film for him as it is to restore the franchise, I would imagine that he would have quite a bit of a say.
For those unfamiliar with the 1982 classic ‘Tron, really ‘ yo go out and rent or buy it right now. Moving past the dated special effects, we’re thrown into a realm of cyberspace called the Grid which starred Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner. A blockbuster miss it became a cult classic that has influenced science fiction fans, writers, and filmmakers for decades. We saw the premise revisited in 2010 with ‘Tron: Legacy’ though by 2015 the project was put on the backburner indefinitely.
This project apparently isn’t a “direct sequel” but is using aspects of the script for ‘Tron 3’ so it would be a reboot that is loosely based on the third film in a franchise that it won’t acknowledge. I’m really hoping this all ends up being early talks for a soft reboot and that this will actually be a full continuation of the last film but sets up Leto to take over going forward. I could almost get behind that, but a full reboot seems like a bit of a stretch.
I mean, what could possibly go wrong? Do you feel that rebooting ‘Tron’ is as bad of an idea as I do or could they have a fresh take for a new generation? Share your thoughts below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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