Last week, despite a lukewarm reception from critics and general audiences, Disney gave the green light to the Tron: Legacy sequel. Tron 3 is now a reality, and Disney has hired on screenwriter Jesse Wigutow to punch up the script.
According to THR, Disney was expecting Tron: Legacy to make more than its $400 million box office in December 2010 but now feels audiences will return to the grid for a third movie. Director Joseph Kosinski will come back to direct this installment, and Wigutow will rewrite an earlier draft of Tron 3 by writer David DiGilio. At the moment, it’s unclear if Tron: Legacy stars Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, or Jeff Bridges will be back for the third movie. Bridges of course also starred in the original 1982 Tron, which was also a box office disappointment at the time.
Jesse Wigutow is currently working with Disney on the film adaptation of Peter and the Starcatchers, a movie featuring Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Wigutow is mostly known for writing family-friendly films such as It Runs in the Family and The Prince, so maybe this will be the new angle for Tron 3. Although Tron: Legacy had a family element to it, it was pretty middling and a poor excuse to get back into the Grid.
Tron: Legacy was a very disappointing film. It seemed to lose steam after the first act and was content just to deliver black and neon blue imagery for the duration of its running time. Tron: Legacy had been in development since 2004 before it was ultimately released at the end of 2010. Hopefully Tron 3 will not take six years to find its way into theaters.