A third “TRON” film isn’t going to happen at this point despite the second, “TRON: Legacy,” pulling in $400 million worldwide. Disney was reluctant to pull the trigger on it, mainly due to the hefty $170 million production budget of the second, and was a few months from going into production on the new film in 2015 when the project was abruptly put in the deep freeze.
Why that is seemed to be due to Disney’s approach to tentpoles these days and having plenty of more profitable genre fare from Marvel and Lucasfilm to keep them occupied. We’ve heard over the years some talk about what “Tron: Ascension” would have been about, and this week ‘Legacy’ leading man Garrett Hedlund explained that the cancellation of the project was also due to the high profile failure of Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland”. He tells Happy Sad Confused podcast:
“When the next TRON was supposed to start – we were greenlit and ready to go – and then [Disney] had troubles with how Tomorrowland did. And I think they asked them to give them like a hundred reasons why they should do [TRON 3]. And if that didn’t fall through, I never would’ve been able to work with [Stephen] Soderbergh on [Mosaic].”
More recently Disney has reportedly been working on a “TRON” reboot with Jared Leto in the title role. Beyond the initial report, there has been seemingly no further progress on that film.