Although not officially greenlit by Disney, the second sequel to 1982’s Tron will feature some familiar faces from the 2010 installment.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund — who played the humanized algorithm Quorra and Encom heir Sam Flynn, respectively — will return for the newest film in the series, which as of now is only known as Tron 3. Although a sequel to Tron: Legacy has technically been in the planning stages since before the release of the second film, production has been dragging for the better part of five years as the creative team, including returning director Joseph Kosinski, have been diligently working to crack the story that will be told. After a lot of back and forth between production personnel, attached actors, and the press for the past couple of years, details are now coming in faster than ever, with a tweet from Production Weekly seemingly solidifying a Vancouver shoot. Also in that tweet is an unconfirmed title for the film: Tron: Ascension.
Tron: Legacy was an interesting sequel, arriving 28 years after the original Tron bowed in theaters. On a production budget of approximately $170 million, the film took in just over $400 million worldwide, just about breaking even in the United States while 57% of its total box office gross would come from foreign markets. Critically, the film received mixed reviews, with the score for Legacy standing at 51% on Rotten Tomatoes, a lower rating compared to the first film’s 70%. Still, audiences seemed to react a little warmer than critics, with the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes being at 61%, while the film also earned a solid “B+” CinemaScore.
Time will tell if audiences are ready for more Tron on the big screen, but Disney obviously feel that there’s enough in the material to warrant a third trip into the Grid. For more on this as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation.
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