Back before Disney's Marvel acquisition really paid off, they were placing their bets on the kickstarting of another franchise: the 3D CGI heavy classic videogame crossover film, TRON: Legacy. But with a bunch of blockbusters under their belt, Disney soon forgot about the moderately successful film, and plans for TRON 3 were shelved... until several months ago when suddenly the franchise seemed to spring back to life, as Disney confirmed [TRON: Uprising](tag:375244) would begin shooting in Vancouver in the foreseeable future..
Except it didn't.
A mere 2 months after the original announcement, Disney went back to their apathy on the project, and axed it once and for all, disappointing fans that numbered in their dozens. But why did Disney suddenly drop TRON 3? And what exactly would the film have been about?
The Force Is Strong With Disney
This is apparently the reason for TRON 3's funeral: Disney just have too much on their plate right now, and with [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) ready to smash the box office this winter, why would they bother to risk losing money on a franchise that people were pretty lukewarm about to begin with?
At least, that's what the execs seem to be saying. Variety reported that one Disney executive producer, who remained anonymous, had this to say about the doomed project.
“We had never greenlit the movie, but it was in development for some time. Things in the queue got ahead of it and we have such a big slate out in front of it, we started to think, ‘Where does it go?’ And it’s a pretty big investment to make if you are not even sure when you are going to release it.”
Fair enough, really. Though for those who are invested in the story, even the prospect of much loved Star Wars finally returning to cinemas can't ease the loss of TRON plot potential. Legacy ended on an excitingly uplifting note, suggesting that the sequel (threequel?) would focus on Olivia Wilde's character coming to terms with the reality of her new existence. And back when we thought the film was going to happen, it was confirmed that yes, we would get a female lead!
The Tale That Never Was
Honestly this is the most disappointing thing for me. While I was never 100% invested in TRON, it's a really fun story, and the idea of a little robot girl learning to be human is just fascinating. Olivia Wilde was really excited about it too, and what she said about her character's development makes me wish TRON 3 had made it to cinemas.
I fought for her to be this kind of androgynous child and that’s so not what you typically see in these movies, so I’m so grateful that the producers let me play with her and make her this strange little being. I’m really excited to see what happens to that character when put into the real world. I’m fascinated by all discussions of AI, and especially now today and now with virtual reality becoming something that’s like a personal device, I think it’s the time to tell this story.
With the success of AI films like Ex Machina and the upcoming Ghost in the Shell, you'd think that the time was ripe for TRON to expand on this plot. Who knows, TRON 3 could have followed the trend of unexpectedly well written sequels (think Captain America 2) that surprise fans and newcomers alike. Alas, now it will never be. But Olivia Wilde has found reasons to be optimistic!
Can't argue with her there! And while it would be interesting to see how the TRON story could continue, maybe it's best if Disney take that budget and put it towards an original film... though hopefully one a bit better than Tomorrowland!
But what do you think? Would you have flocked to see TRON 3, or is it best to let sleeping franchises lie? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!