While director Joseph Kosinski’s sophomore effort wasn’t the mind-blowing science fiction film we all hoped it would be, Oblivion made a substantial mark with an impressive $285 million worldwide box office. To capitalize on this financial success, Kosinski plans to stay within the confines of the genre with a third Tron film, and the remake of the 1979 Disney film The Black Hole.
The original 1982 Tron, and The Black Hole were both part of the space opera craze spurned by the release and success of Star Wars in 1977. More than 30 years later, the echoes of that craze are still felt in Hollywood. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Kosinski took a moment to give updates on both projects.
Talking about Jesse Wigutow’s screenplay for Tron 3, he said the sequel will extend and expand upon what is revealed at the conclusion of Tron: Legacy. For those that don’t remember, the algorithm Quorra (Olivia Wilde) manages to leave the Grid to become a fully realized person on the outside. This revelation left a lot of questions about the nature of programs in the Grid and how they’re able to cross over. Kosinski explains, “The TRON sequel kind of takes where we left off with ‘Legacy,’ that idea presented in the last few minutes of the film and really expands on it in a really exciting way.”
Also, it’s rumored that Cillian Murphy’s character, Edward Dillinger Jr., will return for a bigger role in the new film. Dillinger is the head of the software design team for ENCOM, and the son of former Senior Executive Ed Dillinger (David Warner), from the original Tron. Murphy’s appearance in Legacy was something of an inexplicable cameo, which left people wondering why he was cast in such a small role. Hopefully, Tron 3 will clear up any confusion.
Like Kosinski’s previous films, Tron 3 will also be presented in IMAX. He compares it to Empire Strikes Back in both tone and structure, and noted that Legacy star Garrett Hedlund is expected to return to the Grid.
At the same time Tron 3 is developing nicely, though in the early stages, Disney has greenlit the Black Hole reboot. Kosinski will sit in the director’s chair, while Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts will handle the script. In regards to whether he considers his film a reboot or remake, he offers up, “I guess I would call it a reboot because the fundamental concept is there, but we are taking it in our own direction.”
The story of The Black Hole revolves around a research spaceship that discovers a missing vessel, commanded by a mysterious scientist, hovering on the edge of a black hole. Think of the film as a version of another Disney classic, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, but in outer space. While no one has been cast in the new film, the original features an all star cast featuring the likes of Maximilian Schell, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, Anthony Perkins, and Ernest Borgnine, with Roddy McDowall and Slim Pickens in uncredited voice roles.