Back in 2010, Tron: Legacy was a surprise hit as the belated sequel to the original Tron, from back in 1982.
Tron: Legacy starred Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, Bruce Boxleitner, and Daft Punk. The movie was far from perfect, but it was a solid sequel and had one of the best movie soundtracks ever.
Director Joseph Kosinski is riding high at the moment, with his newest movie, Top Gun: Maverick, doing fairly well in the box office. Well… OK, it looks like it going to become one of the biggest movies of the past 10 years.
In a recent interview Vulture, Kosinksi confirmed that he had written and storyboarded a sequel to Tron: Legacy, called Tron: Ascension, but it was Star Wars and Marvel that stopped it from being produced by Disney. They pulled the plug in 2015. He said:
“I got so close. I really tried.”
His idea was to turn the story on its head and instead of humans being sucked into the computer world, some of the computer world would be sucked into reality and it would be about “about the blending of the two.”
He went on to say:
“But it was a different Disney by 2015. When I made Tron: Legacy, they didn’t own Marvel; they didn’t own Star Wars. We were the play for fantasy and science fiction. And once you’ve got those other things under your umbrella, it makes sense that you’re going to put your money into a known property and not the weird art student with black fingernails in the corner — that was Tron. And that’s okay.
Had I made Tron: Ascension, I wouldn’t have made Only The Brave, and I wouldn’t have made the movies I made. But remember, the first Tron was not a hit when it came out. It’s a cult classic. And if Tron: Legacy’s becoming the same thing, I couldn’t be more thrilled.”
Shame, since it sounded like a good idea from the guy who did a good job with the sequel.