Tron: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund has confirmed that he would be reprising his role as Sam Flynn in the upcoming Tron 3 for Disney. The 28-year-old actor said he was “very excited” about going back to the grid for Tron 3.
When asked about the forthcoming sequel by MTV’s NextMovie.com, Hedlund confirmed his participation in the film, which may start shooting in 2014 for a possible 2015 release date. While in New York City doing press for the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, co-starring Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart, Hedlund said, “Are we gonna break this now?,” then he added, “You know, yeah, I’m very excited, Disney’s very excited.”
Earlier this week, Disney tapped screenwriter Jesse Wigutow (Eragon, It Runs in the Family) to re-write and punch up the Tron 3 script by David DiGilio (Eight Below). Wigutow is currently working on the film adaptation for Peter and the Starcatcher, featuring iconic characters Peter Pan and Captain Hook for Disney. Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) is also attached to return as director for Tron 3.
Tron: Legacy didn’t receive a warm welcome from critics, but it has gone on to make nearly $400 million worldwide. With a reported budget of $170 million, it’s no wonder that Disney wants to make a franchise out of the property. Hopefully this new sequel will have a little bit more to offer in the story department, as well as the stunning visuals of Tron: Legacy.
Now Disney just has to sign Jeff Bridges, who starred in the original 1982 Tron, and Olivia Wilde to reprise their roles as Kevin Flynn/Clu and the last Isomorphic Algorithm, Quorra.