Sadly a third “TRON” film isn’t likely going to happen despite the relatively recent second film “TRON Legacy” pulling in nearly half a billion dollars worldwide.
‘Legacy’ director Joseph Kosinski spoke at a screening of the film this week and says a third film is “currently in cryogenic freeze” but added that were it to go ahead it was going to be a real world invasion movie with elements of The Grid coming into our reality.
He tells Collider that the film, titled “Tron: Ascension,” was about eight months away from production with a script that was nearly ready to go. Then Disney took over Marvel and Lucasfilm and suddenly had way more genre films than it knew what to do with. He explained what it would have been:
“I think we got the script to about 80%. We were in good shape. We were probably eight or nine months out, which is still a good amount of distance from being ready to shoot it, but I think the script was in good shape. What I’m excited about is the concept, which is an invasion movie from inside the machine coming out as opposed to one we’ve usually seen.
So we hinted at that at the end of Legacy with Quorra coming out, but the idea for Ascension was a movie that was, the first act was in the real world, the second act was in the world of TRON, or multiple worlds of TRON, and the third act was totally in the real world.
And I think that really opens up, blows open the concept of TRON in a way that would be thrilling to see on screen. But there’s also a really interesting character study in Quorra and a ‘Stranger in a Strange Land,’ trying to figure out where she belongs having lived in the real world for a few years, and where does she fit in.”
Kosinski also says that despite the characters coming to the real world, they wouldn’t have superpowers.