After a few years of little to no movement on Disney's Untitled Tron Legacy Sequel, a mini-flurry of news has emerged this month, with writer Jesse Wigutow signing on and Tron: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund confirming he will return as Sam Flynn. Today, director Joseph Kosinski revealed they have a very big idea for this highly-anticipated follow-up.
Director Joseph Kosinski compares the Untitled Tron Legacy Sequel to The Empire Strikes Back
"Well the only reason to go back, for me and I think for anyone involved would be if we could do something truly spectacular. We've been talking about it for a couple years and there's always been this idea, a big idea, in the back of my head that we've been talking about. The idea itself, the notion of what the next Tron could be, is exciting enough that it would be worth going back to do it. Obviously we hinted some things at the end of Tron: Legacy
, it's kind of there for people to see what that potential is. So we just want to make sure that we have a script that delivers on that promise on an epic scale."
The Tron: Legacy director also revealed that he believes this sequel will be the Empire Strikes Back of this franchise.
""I've said it would have to be our Empire Strikes Back
for me to come back and for me to pull the whole team back together. I think we do have that idea. We do have the idea that feels big and really blows the doors off this franchise. It's hinted at promises of something for two movies now, for thirty years, so it's time to deliver on that. But the script's got to be at a level that makes it worth going back for, because it's a lot of work to make a movie like this and it's a multi-year project. So we've got our writer Jesse Wigutow
on it right now writing, and fingers crossed if it all comes together, as we hope it will, there could be another Tron in the next few years, and it's going to be awesome."
The filmmaker wouldn't divulge any specific details regarding the story, but did say that the timeline will match up to the time between Tron: Legacy and the sequel.
"I think time has passed. It feels like we're kind of real-time in step. So however much time has passed since Legacy came out would also have transpired in the real world. So it will still be contemporary. So let's say if the Tron sequel comes out in 2015, then four or five years have passed since the last movie."
Daft Punk crafted the score for Tron: Legacy, which was celebrated by fans and critics alike. Joseph Kosinski hopes to get the French duo back to craft the music for this follow-up.
"When it comes to building the team up for soundtrack they would absolutely be my first call. As to whether or not they would do it, it depends on what they're doing at the time. They are very methodical in how they pick their next project, and they would only do it if they felt that they could dedicate themselves a hundred percent to that. I know they have another album coming out, I'm sure that's going to be their next big project, which I assume is going to be followed by a massive tour. So, you know, hopefully if they've got the time and the creative willingness to dive back in. Remember, there are a lot of tracks that they created that I still have that I wasn't able to fit into Tron: Legacy
. So we've already got a head start on some great tracks for the future, which I'm really excited about. Like I said, they would be my first call."
Tron 3 comes to theaters in 2016 and stars Olivia Wilde, Cillian Murphy, Garrett Hedlund, Bruce Boxleitner, Cindy Morgan, Nathan Corddry. The film is directed by Joseph Kosinski.