‘Tron 3’ Will Be ‘Tron: Ascension,’ Movie Script Almost Done, According to Director Joseph Kosinski

‘Tron 3’ Will Be ‘Tron: Ascension,’ Movie Script Almost Done, According to Director Joseph Kosinski
Olivia Wilde in 'Tron: Legacy' (Disney)

So “Tron 3” isn’t a dead project after all. Joseph Kosinski said the script is coming along, and soon the entire film trilogy will be complete, with “Tron,” “Tron: Legacy,” and “Tron: Ascension” all in public view. Though “Tron” is far from Disney’s biggest property at the moment, with “Star Wars” and Marvel properties at the forefront, Disney is still looking to capitalize on its investments in Tron.

Collider interviewed Kosinski and revealed major story points.

This movie’s called Tron: Ascension, and I think we got the script to… about 80 %. We were in good shape, we were probably 8 or 9 months out, which is still a long distance from being ready to shoot it. What I’m excited about is the concept, which is an invasion movie from inside the machine. … The idea for Ascension was the first act was in the real world, the second act was in the world of Tron, the multiple worlds of Tron, and the third act is totally in the real world. I think that really opens up, blows open the concept of Tron in a way that would be thrilling to see on screen. But also, there’s a real kind of interesting character study in Quorra, a stranger in a strange land trying to [find] where she belongs, having lived in the real world for a few years, and where does she fit in?

Quorra is Olivia Wilde’s character of the digital realm, as seen in “Tron: Legacy.” There is still no guarantee that Disney has enough faith in the franchise to go ahead with the anticipated third movie. The “Tron” franchise has always had a cult following despite the previous films’ lesser performance at the box office. A third film could change that if Disney gives the formula more mass appeal, but it may not be worthwhile in the midst of other, larger projects.

Kosinski sounded coolly optimistic in the Collider interview.

The idea’s strong, I think it’s just a matter of the right time, the right place, and the stars aligning as they have to do for movies, and we’ll see.

The original “Tron” is legendary for its heavy use of computer graphics. But in the current digital climate, the visual feel of the “Tron” legacy holds slightly less impact. That’s why the writers are still revising the script, a process that has taken them years. An earlier Cinema Blend article attributed all delays with the film to issues of finding the right “Tron: Ascension story.

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