Co-producer Justin Springer hasn’t given up hope on ‘TRON 3’. ‘TRON: Legacy’ arrived in theaters in 2010 to yawns all around. It made $400 worldwide– which isn’t bad– but it cost $170 million to make, and probably about the same to market, so the film made even at best. The original ‘TRON’ came out in 1982 and was a similar disappointment. I mean… it took 28 years to get a sequel. But the belief was that the original movie had built up a cult following thanks to home video, but that didn’t seem to be the case.
At the time, ‘TRON: Legacy’ was eyed as the first installment in a new franchise, but Disney didn’t pursue it. But co-producer Springer thinks there may still be a chance that another ‘TRON’ movie could happen. While promoting his next film ‘Dumbo’, he spoke to /Film, saying:
“Look, I will never stop being interested in making a TRON movie. I love the opportunity to do it. It’s a title that never really goes away internally. There’s always people around the company who like it a whole lot. And so, we’ll see what happens. It would be great to get the opportunity to do it again. It’s interesting – what I will say is that I think it continues to be relevant both in its ideas and also just the visual iconography of it. I think people are still are interested in it and it still feels contemporary to me. So it’s just about finding the right time, right script, and the right people at the studio saying “yes.” You know, just the usual.”
He also agreed that fan support could go a long way toward making this a reality.
Though it wasn’t mentioned, the main reason Disney has no reason to pursue additional ‘TRON’ projects is ‘Star Wars’. The original ‘TRON’ in 1982 was one of Disney’s attempts to replicate the success of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise (along with ‘The Black Hole’). But now Disney owns ‘Star Wars’ and even if some of the movies get a mixed reaction, it’s still a licensing juggernaut that adds millions to Disney’s coffers each year. At this point, Disney doesn’t need another ‘TRON’ when its track record isn’t great and they’d essentially be creating their own competition.
But what do you think? Would you like to see another ‘TRON’?