This past weekend, Disney delivered some bad news to Tron fans planning on heading back to the grid this fall by canceling the planned production of Tron 3, which we just heard about back in April. They’re not going to accept this decision without a fight, though.
Tron fan Lucas Lowman has started a petition on Change.org to try and get Disney to change their mind about taking Tron 3 offline. As of now, it has over 12,500 signatures with a goal of 15,000 (which will undoubtedly be met later today), all with the hope of showing Disney that there’s demand for the sequel. Here’s what the petition says:
Tron: Legacy grossed over 400 million dollars and helped more fully realize the world created in the original Tron. It’s a shame that Disney has elected not to move forward with a third Tron film as the universe is ripe to be explored. Sign this petition so that we may show Disney that The Grid is too great to never be shown again and to prove that Flynn lives.
Fans are also trying to drum up buzz for the canceled sequel by using the hashtag #FlynnLives on Twitter. However, with no clear indication from Disney as to why they decided to pull the plug on this sequel, it’s hard to say whether any vocalization from fans will make the studio budge.
While one anonymous source said that Disney is just too busy with other projects to focus on Tron 3, others say that the unimpressive box office performance of Tomorrowland has Disney wary of investing in sci-fi on such a massive scale again. And if you think that Tron is more reliable since it’s a sequel in a franchise, think again.
Sure, the movie made over $400 million at the box office on a budget of $170 million. But there was even more money spent on marketing the film, and it was a long road of hype that led to the sequel for it only to drum up $172 million in the United States. Disney promoted the hell out of Tron: Legacy, and while it wasn’t a failure, there are plenty who were impressed by the stunning visuals and incredible Daft Punk soundtrack, but disappointed by a derivative story.
Also, 15,000 signatures is hardly an impressive number for a petition like this. Even if each of them bought a full price $15 ticket to the movie, that’s only $225,000, and Disney isn’t going to spend millions to please those kind of numbers. But if you want to sign the petition, head over to Change.org to get your name on the list.
Personally, I’m indifferent about seeing Tron 3 happen. There was nothing about the second film that got me excited to see where the franchise goes next, and knowing that Tron: Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski was supposed to be back as director didn’t do much to help that. While Kosinski has a gift for adventure, his approach to storytelling leaves something to be desired. His sci-fi flick Oblivion was fun and pretty but it lacked substance. Anyway, I wouldn’t count on this fan outcry to change Disney’s plans, or lack thereof, for Tron 3, but we’ll see what happens.
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