Tron - quite possibly the best example of a movie that could benefit from a legitimate sequel - is finally getting one. And who knew? A few dedicated - and better informed - film buffs maybe. But for the rest of us sci-fi supporters, certainly on this side of the Pond, it remained a secret.
It is being directed by Joseph Kosinski, a little known director currently working on a remake of Logan's Run. He replaced Steve Lisberger, director of the original, but Lisberger is staying on as a co-writer for the sequel.
The screenplay is being written by Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis - both co-executive producers of Lost.
With a working title of TR2N, Jeff Bridges is confirmed to be taking the role of Kevin Flynn once again and John Hurt and Karl Urban are rumoured to have major roles.
We rather preferred the title Tron 2.0 - like the game
Disney showed a trailer of sorts at Comic-Con and according to film fan site JimHillMedia:
The [lightcycles] are very reminiscent to the bikes seen in the original Steve Lisberger film. Only bigger and meaner-looking. Which, given the way that these two vehicles battered against one other as they raced across the course, sending showers of blue and yellow sparks flying everywhere, only seemed appropriate.
Yeah, this was definitely not your Daddy's Tron. As was apparent by the appearance of first a grey, bearded version of Flynn. Who was holed up in this austere furturistic penthouse which overlooked the game grid. This was then followed by the appearance of a much younger looking CG Flynn. Who, as the injured lightcycle rider lay crumpled at Flynn's feet said, "Hey, it's only a game," he powered up his energy disk and then said "Not anymore." And as this CG Flynn moved in for the kill, the TR2N logo formed onscreen.
And at that point, the crowd in Hall H went absolutely nuts.
You can watch this teaser trailer as it was actually recorded by a fan at the Comic-Con event:
A release of summer 2010 was planned, but according to the IMDB, it looks like it will be closer to 2011. ®