have been reporting various titbits from Comic-Con regarding the forthcoming Tron
sequel, with title, plot outline, and shiny, shiny concept art all being given the big reveal.
Firstly, the previously-mentioned Tron 2.0
monikers have officially been consigned to the recycle bin of development history, with the project now proudly riding out as Tron Legacy
The original Tron
was always a movie I thought would have suited the 3D treatment very nicely, so it is undoubtedly a boost to the anticipation levels surrounding the follow-up that the new movie will be released in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D alike. Disney have also taken the opportunity to issue the following official teaser for the storyline of Tron Legacy
is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.’
It was revealed an 80s-set flashback sequence will feature in proceedings, providing opportunity to bridge some of the plot distance between the first movie (released in 1982) and the 21st century redesign. Apparently included in this segment will be the pictured Second Generation Light Cycle, designed by Bridges’ Kevin Flynn in 1989.
In addition to that bike, concept art has also appeared featuring the Star Sailor – a luminal-powered train – and the two-seated Light Runner – a kind of enforced mating between a light bike and a Star Wars’
And of course the vintage Syd Mead-designed Light Cycle of yore has been given a shiny new update.
Directed by first-timer Joseph Kosinski, principal photography on Tron Legacy
has recently wrapped, ahead of moving into the lengthy post-production process. Featuring a new score by Daft Punk, the movie is set to hit theatres in 2011,
And although I’m not sold on the title, Tron Legacy
looks a project with definite potential. The presence of Jeff Bridges rarely has an adverse affect on a movie (maybe he was a tiny bit too avuncular a bad guy in Iron Man
but no such problem with his role here), and it will be interesting to see how the movie differentiates its computer-created milieu from the generic CGI which has swept the movie industry since the release of the original nigh-on thirty years ago.