Last month, we reported to you that Disney was actively developing Tron 3, the sequel to 2010’s Tron: Legacy with prominent cast members and the director set to return. Now, though, this isn’t the case.
According to Variety, Disney has put a stop to any plans for the production of the third film in the franchise, even in spite of the series’ relative popularity, and the sequel’s healthy box office performance. This isn’t necessarily due to any weakness in the Tron franchise as much as it is due to Disney’s very crowded film slate through 2018, which is filled with new adaptations of animated films, Star Wars films, Marvel Studios films, and other animated projects. Because of the sheer wealth of content the studio is creating over the next several years, something had to give, and apparently executives decided that something would be Tron.
From a budgetary perspective, the third Tron film would’ve been in the neighborhood of the second film, which had a production budget of around $170 million. It was expected that much of the team from Legacy would return, including director Joseph Kosinski and stars Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund. Active preparations were even being made for the film to shoot in Vancouver, British Columbia. While some had believed that this sequel had been given an active greenlight from Disney, this was never the case, and is more of a case of minds being changed rather than an active project being canceled.
Time will tell if Disney will ultimately decide to revisit Tron in the future, but the likelihood of that happening before 2019 seems slim. For more on this as it develops, keep it at GeekNation.
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