Last week, rumors broke out that Disney is once again moving forward with a third installment of #Tron. Although the company initially pulled the plug on a Tron: Legacy follow-up in 2015, it's now reportedly looking to revive the franchise — and courting Academy Award-winner Jared Leto to star and produce.
According to the Hollywood Reporter (which is usually right about this stuff), this wouldn't be a direct sequel to the first two movies. Instead, "Leto would play a character named Ares, who has not appeared on screen before..."
This has ruffled some feathers for a couple of reasons. First, while the reception for the 2010 sequel to Tron was fairly mixed, there are still a lot of people who would love to see the original story continue on. Secondly, it doesn't seem that too many people are completely on board with #JaredLeto being a part of this project — likely due to continuing backlash from the lackluster reception to his version of #TheJoker.
If #Disney is serious about striking a deal with Leto and his production company, Paradox, for a reboot (or sequel) to Tron, the studio would be continuing its trend of choosing unconventional actors and directors, and trusting their visions.
Guardians of the Galaxy wouldn't have been as successful if it weren't for Disney and Marvel Studios hiring James Gunn; Ant-Man wouldn't have been the same without Peyton Reed (and the original concept by Edgar Wright). Even the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise wouldn't have been so successful if Disney hadn't trusted Johnny Depp with creating Captain Jack Sparrow.
There is no denying that Jared Leto would be an unconventional choice for a Disney franchise — but it's a choice that makes sense. Let's forget about Suicide Squad for a second and look at why Leto would be a good fit for Tron.
1. Jared Leto Is A Big Science And Tech Buff
In addition to being an Oscar-winning actor, Jared Leto is also an entrepreneur, and it's worth recognizing that a majority of his investments have been related to science and technology. He has stakes in over 50 companies including Airbnb, Stripe, Snapchat, Reddit, Uber, Slack and Zenefits. He was even an initial investor in Nest prior to its $3.2 million acquisition by Google.
In addition to his investments, Leto has built his own businesses — such as an online streaming and social platform, a production company, a VIP services company, an editing platform and a publishing company — under the umbrella of the Sisyphus Corporation.
Why is this important? Well, seeing as how Tron is basically centered around science and technology, it would make sense for Disney to find someone interested in those arenas. Leto has proven credibility for predicting where tech is headed.
2. His Filmography Is Eclectic And Complex
Although Leto doesn't have the most extensive filmography, the range of genres is pretty widespread. Aside from independent films, Leto has starred in war movies, crime-dramas, thrillers, action and horror movies.
If Leto officially becomes attached to the Tron franchise, he'll bring his ability to be somewhat of a chameleon; he can seemingly transform into anything and anyone. He is far from a one-note actor (or director) and for a project like Tron, that hints at potentially great things.
3. He Is No Stranger To Science-fiction
Leto has already wrapped filming on Blade Runner 2049 and has previously starred in the independent sci-fi fantasy film, Mr. Nobody. He's also worked with directors who have dabbled in the world of sci-fi such as David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky, Denis Villeneuve and James Mangold.
As far as real-life science goes, Leto previously produced and directed his own AOL web series called Beyond the Horizon. In the series, Leto interviewed key individuals in the fields of science, technology and art, and explored the possibilities for the future.
Leto is a cerebral person, and would bring that thoughtfulness to a genre that thrives on it.
4. Leto Could Also Direct a 'Tron' reboot
Perhaps one of the biggest assets that Disney could gain from involving Leto in the Tron franchise is that he could sit in the director's chair. Aside from directing nine short-film music videos (under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins) for his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Leto has directed three documentary series as well as a feature-length documentary called Artifact. He even won a Gotham Award for his work with Artifact, as well as the People's Choice Award at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
Leto also was recently confirmed to be directing and producing the crime-thriller, 77. Given everything that's already on Jared Leto's resume — and the future projects he has lined up — I wouldn't be surprised if Disney also tried to lock him down as a director. A franchise like this would play to his strengths, and it's obvious if you've seen any of Leto's directorial efforts.
This is likely something that Disney knows; they obviously have seen something they like, or else they wouldn't be pursuing him for the franchise at all.
[UPDATE] Just to add more fuel to this unraveling Tron mystery, Leto did an interview with Vanity Fair (published on March 9, 2017) where he basically confirms his involvement with Disney. When asked about Tron, Leto is quoted saying:
"It’s a leak at this point, so I guess I can’t really say much, but I always loved 'Tron,' ever since I was a little kid, and its magical world."
There you have it! We definitely have a little bit more to get excited about regarding the future of Tron.
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[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]