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Jared Leto Confirms ‘Tron’

Jared Leto confirms involvement with a new Tron movie from Disney as the actor posted confirmation on social media, which follows an earlier report about the news as well as rumors from back in July. “I’m struck with such gratitude for the opportunity to bring this movie to life, especially as both the original video …

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Tron 3 Still On The Table

It’s been quite some time since news of a new Tron movie has been heard, but following Disney cancelling Tron 3 right before production was said to begin was a bit of a surprise. The sequel to Tron: Legacy got so far as having a potential title with “Tron: Asension,” and the movie was supposed to film in Vancouver with Garett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde and director Joseph Kosinski returning.

The rumored reason Tron 3 didn’t go forward was blamed on the underperformance of Tomorrowland in addition to Tron: Legacy not being a big merchandise seller. It was said Disney wanted to concentrate on their animated movies and big tentpole films. In addition, Tron: Legacy only made $400 million worldwide on a high $170 million budget.

Now over a year later, there is at least a glimmer of hope about Tron 3. Screen Rant caught up with Tron: Legacy producer and former Disney development executive Brigham Taylor who at least confirmed talks about Tron 3 have been going on. 

“I always hope for that. I just had a wonderful visit to Shanghai, where they have an amazing attraction based on Tron Legacy. The designers just did such an amazing job creating the feeling of stepping onto The Grid, and that indelible visual world that Lisberger created and Kosinski explored… and I think there’s a real stickiness to that that I hope can grow into a film or whatever else. So I don’t know what I’d ‘hint’ at other than that I hope for that, and that there’s obviously been conversations.”

Previous details mentioned by director Jopsh Kosinki a while back stated Tron 3 wouldn’t have be a rehash of Tron: Legacy, and the director also compared Tron 3 to an Empire Strikes Back.

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Bruce Boxleitner Done With Tron; Doesn’t Want Reboots

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The third Tron movie was all set to start production this Fall, but then Disney abruptly cancelled the movie.

It’s not exactly known why Disney chose to cancel Tron 3, but it’s been said Disney may have gotten cold feet because of the poor reception to Tomorrowland, and that Disney wants to concentrate on their animated movies and big tentpole films.

Now Bruce Boxleitner, who starred in the two Tron movies as well as voiced his character in the Tron: Uprising animated series and the Tron 2.0 video game, has stated he is done with the franchise.

SlashFilm caught up with the actor at the recent Television Critics Association press event and asked if Disney decided to greenlight a third Tron, would he be back.

“I don’t really care anymore,” Boxleitner replied. “I’m done with it. I’ve moved on. I hate to say that but it’s been too up and down for me. I would rather not just keep going.”

Likewise, Boxleitner continued with mentioned he doesn’t want to be involved in reboots.

“I don’t want to repeat my career anymore,” he said. “That’d be like, ‘Let’s reboot Scarecrow and Mrs. King.’ No, I’m not interested. Or Babylon 5.”

Boxleitner continues with mention he thinks Disney doesn’t want to do science-fiction and wants to focus on movies such as Star Wars and Marvel.

“Obviously there’s something politically within but I know that they were in preproduction heavily. I know that the options for Olivia [Wilde] and Garrett [Hedlund] were picked up. That was all public knowledge, [reported in] The Hollywood Reporter. I’ve got a feeling they’re going to play it safe with their old [formula]. I mean, Tim Burton’s doing Dumbo. They’re going to make live-action out of their old animated classics. Apparently, that was successful. They also have Star Wars. Let’s not neglect that, and Marvel. Maybe they just felt they had enough of that sci-fi. We were the only real science fiction. Star Wars is fantasy, sword and sorcery fantasy with a spaceship. Marvel is superhero comics. Star Wars, yes, is science fiction. There’s fantasy elements as well, but Marvel is not. It’s comic books. It’s really not sci-fi. It’s not thinking science fiction. Maybe they decided they don’t want to do science fiction.”

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Disney Cancels Tron 3

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In a surprising move, Disney has decided not to move forward with Tron 3.

Garett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde and director Joseph Kosinski were all set to return for the third installment, said to be titled “Tron: Ascension,” which was to begin filming this Fall in Vancouver.

According to THR, Tron 3 was not officially greenlit (which seems odd as Olivia Wilde recently spoke about the movie offering her character was going to be put in the real world).

The report mentions no specific reason why Tron 3 was cancelled, but the report and various Hollywood trade sites are suggesting Tron 3 may not be moving forward because of the underperformance of Tomorrowland in addition to Tron: Legacy not being a big merchandise seller. Instead, Disney appears to want to concentrate on their animated movies and big tentpole films.

It’s also said Jared Leto and Olivia Munn were wanted for roles at one point, though no official offer or negotiations took place.

2010’s Tron: Legacy grossed over $400 million at the box office at a budget of $170 million.