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JohnY
10-11-2000, 09:48 AM
From Coming Attractions:

Tron 2
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Sequel.
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures.
Production Company: Unknown.

Project Phase: Script Stage.

Who's In It: No one confirmed as yet.
Who's Making It: Steven Lisberger (Screenwriter, possibly Director).

Premise: A return to the computer world we visited in the 1982 original, but with the magic of modern CGI wizardry.

Release Date: Unknown.

Comments: Released in 1982, Tron holds a special place in fanboys hearts. It postulated a world that existed inside a computer where programs lived and died playing brutal games under the evil reign of the Master Control Program. Tron's then state-of-the-art computer generated effects were never seen before by audiences; keep in mind this was before the term CGI had been defined, and before computers had even been used for creating special effects.

Unfortunately the film wasn't a success at the box office. To studio eyes, the luke-warm ticket sales and a harsh critical drubbing by the media equalled a failure, but the film's dazzling visuals and two immensely popular arcade games brought Tron recognition as a cult favorite. Nearly 20 years after the summer of its release fans still talk about Flynn, Sark and what color was their favorite lightcycles.


Rumors: Unknown.

Scoop Feedback:

[Page draft submitted by Widgett, who wants Deadpool in the games until he dies playing.]

June 21, 1999... All kidding aside, Cinescape Insider reports something a little bird told them, namely that Disney is looking at dusting off the notion of doing a sequel, this time utilizing their friends over in Pixar to realize the world within the machine. [Originally appeared in Cinescape Online; reported by Widgett.]

July 14, 1999... Oh man, we've got it in a print magazine that Disney is thinking about not only Tron 2 but TRON 3. How cool is that? Wait a minute, this is an Electronic Games magazine from the early 80's. Never mind. If you're interested in seeing the proof for yourself, check out the 1982 article for yourself right here. [Thanks to Greg razier, Brian's Coinop History Archive, and of course, Electronic Games. Brought to you by Rosanne Rosanna Widgett.]

August 8, 1999... A few weeks ago Coming Attractions (and other movie web sites) were scooped that there was a sequel to Tron in development. A scooper e-mailed us details about a supposed storyline that saw an older Flynn serve as mentor to four youths who were digitized and entered the video game world, with the title of the premise to this alleged sequel being 'Warriors of Tron'. After doing some digging we turned up the answer: it was pure baloney.

But then as luck would have it our investigation into the matter of a Tron sequel netted us a very fascinating and unexpected side effect: shortly after we had proved to ourselves that the 'Warriors of Tron' premise was false, we were tipped off that Disney was indeed developing a Tron 2 project -- and that they were in the final stages of signing the director of the original Tron, Steven Lisberger, to write the new film's screenplay!

So we now have the exclusive: Coming Attractions can now say with absolute certainty that Steven Lisberger has done a deal to not only write the sequel to Tron but possibly direct the film (with the key emphasis being on 'possibly'.) We called Lisberger's agency to see if they wanted to officially confirm the story but they declined to comment about the matter at this time. For now Lisberger's involvement with Tron 2 is just as the screenwriter of the project and Disney isn't saying a word about it. We couldn't turn up anything else, solid or rumored, about what Lisberger's take on the storyline for Tron 2 could be (if, indeed, he's decided upon one at the present time.) For now, we can at least report to you there has indeed been a positive step forward on making this long-rumored project a reality...and by God, we sure hope there's gonna be some lightcycles in the new film.

October 10, 2000... A year ago Coming Attractions broke the exclusive that Disney was developing a feature length sequel to its 1982 film Tron. We also had proof that the original film's director, Steven Lisberger, had been hired to write the sequel's screenplay, even though Lisberger's agency offered no comment at the time.

Now Lisberger's talking about Tron 2. The VFXPro website has posted an article looking back at the original Tron and interviewed Listberger about his memories working on that project -- and then the article confirms Listberger's involvement working on the sequel.

"It's been an interesting experience for me, certainly, to go back to that film after 20 years and really study it and see what it was about from this perspective," Listberger tells VFXPro. "I learned a lot about my own film. It's going to be interesting on the next TRON to try to create some of the sensuousness that the first film had in terms of the graphics, but to do it in a digital way."

See? We told you so. [First to tell us of the good news were 'Codex Mendosa', 'Aspirin The Fox' and Guy Gordon.]


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JohnY
10-11-2000, 09:54 AM
The article about Tron revisited is at: http://www.vfxpro.com/article/mainv/0,7220,21407|1,00.html

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LarryBoy
10-11-2000, 11:11 AM
How cool would that be? I thought the original movie was OK, but I was a huge fan of the two video games.

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off kilter
10-11-2000, 04:18 PM
A Tron sequel would definately be cool! However, only if it were like the original. Because even though the effects weren't very good at that time, they are what make the movie so AWESOME! http://www.intercot.com/boards/supergrin.gif

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danpaine
10-13-2000, 01:31 PM
The arcade game used to have me hooked.

Many a quarter was lost to that machine in the early 80's, I'm here to tell you...

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LarryBoy
10-13-2000, 01:47 PM
Which Tron game did you like better, the Discs of Tron or the one based on the movie? I liked them both, but I think I was better at the regular Tron game. I think I even beat that game or at least go really far. Who can remember, it's been way to long.

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