A third Tron probably isn’t going to happen. Or it might. The potential director, Joseph Kosinski, spoke at a Tron: Legacy screening this week and explained that the film is currently in “cryogenic freeze,” but it was going to be a real world invasion movie.
Kosinski, who directed Tron: Legacy, spoke with Collider about the sequel. He said the film, called Tron: Ascension, was about eight months away from production with a script that was 80 per cent ready to go. But then Disney took over Marvel. Then it bought Lucasfilm. And suddenly, the company had way more genre films than it could handle. So Tron took a back seat.
“It’s not dead,” Kosinski said. “It’s alive, but it’s sitting there, waiting for the right time to move forward.”
Whether or not it happens, this marks the first time Kosinski has explained the plot of the potential film:
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.
Without a doubt, that sounds cool. And a blend of the real world and the Grid feels like a fertile place to explore. However, with no end to the Marvel or Star Wars train in sight, it feels like Disney isn’t really too worried about making this likely expensive and risky sequel. I don’t think it’s going to happen — but you never know.
Kosinksi went on to talk about the potential for the story to be on TV (unlikely, but never say never) and also how characters from the Grid would act in the real world (not as superheroes). Head to the below link to read all that. It may be as close as you ever get to a Tron 3.