As Joseph Kosinski gets ready to dazzle audiences with his upcoming sci-fi film Oblivion, the 38-year-old director is slowly getting the ball moving on the sequel to his directorial debut, Tron: Legacy. Tron 3 will bring Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, and Olivia Wilde back to the Grid.
In an interview with Collider at this year’s WonderCon in Anaheim, California, Joseph Kosinski talked about bringing all the pieces together for Tron 3. While Tron: Legacy chose to overwhelm audiences with spectacular visuals at the expense of story, Tron 3 is expected to be more narrative and plot driven. Kosinski says:
… I think I’m two weeks away from getting the draft. This is a story we’ve been working on since 2009, so that’s four years now. I’m really excited about the idea that we have for it. I think it delivers on the promise that both TRON movies have made. It opens the movie up, in a way that I think is going to give it a much broader appeal. Whereas [the previous film] really, ultimately, in the end, catered most to TRON fans, this idea broadens it some more, in really exciting ways.
But, it’s all about the script and making sure that that story is compelling enough to get all of us back together. Those movies are hard to make. It’s a two-and-a-half to three-year journey. So, to go back in there and go back to the Grid, it’s going to have to be a pretty spectacular script. We’ve got a great writer on it, so we’ll see.
If pre-production starts after the release of Oblivion, that puts Tron 3 in a position for either a 2015 or a 2016 release. While Disney will have its hands full with Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, and The Avengers 2, it is most likely that the Mouse House would want to spread the wealth around, with Tron 3 possibly getting a 2016 release date.
Ultimately, Tron 3‘s success will boil down to the quality of the screenplay. Currently screenwriter Jesse Wigutow is punching up the script for the third installment, working from a screenplay by writer David DiGilio (Eight Below). Wigutow is also writing the screenplay for the upcoming Peter and the Starcatchers, a new take on Peter Pan and Captain Hook. He has previously worked on family-friendly films such as It Runs in the Family and The Prince, so maybe this will be the new angle for Tron 3.
It is believed that Tron 3 will follow the journey of Quorra (Olivia Wilde), Kevin Flynn’s (Jeff Bridges) apprentice, instead of returning to the wooden Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund). Until Joseph Kosinski brings audiences back to the Grid, take a listen to Daft Punk’s amazing score for Tron: Legacy below. Hopefully Daft Punk will return as well.