'Tron: Legacy' Sequel Gets Compared to 'The Empire Strikes Back'

Director Joseph Kosinski says the only reason he is returning is to make something truly spectacular, and hopes to bring Daft Punk back.
Director Joseph Kosinski compares the Untitled Tron Legacy Sequel to The Empire Strikes Back
Director Joseph Kosinski compares the Untitled Tron Legacy Sequel to The Empire Strikes Back
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.

"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.



Sources: Collider

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Comments (18)

  1. Sean

    @zeus Yeah, I am seeing mixed comments about a Tron Legacy sequel here. I hope though, that Garrett Hedlund will seem more right for the role as Sam Flynn in the sequel. The first few times that i saw Tron Legacy i was thinking that, someone else could of played his role as Sam Flynn better then him and i still think that now.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  2. zeus

    LOL, these guys are funny. Like @the-Narrator said.. this won't end well. @sean I'm loosing hope here buddy!!

    2 years agoby @zeusFlag

  3. BERSERKER

    Let's go then, I've been waiting for a Tron sequel. Garrett Hedlund is coming back so that's good, hopefully the lovely Olivia Wilde comes back as well.

    2 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  4. Michael Kolesik

    Hey guess what everybody? Haters gonna hate. And that's all you are. Haters.

    2 years agoby @Michael-KolesikFlag

  5. Time

    Back in the day when the first one was made it was before it's time. It was the first known CGI film and where computer graphics were limited. Now take the same story and plug it into the graphics we have today or in the last 10 years and you get the Matrix. A man put into a computer world and due powerful feats. Not a mirror match but the ark is the same. I believe the first movie of Tron can only be liked by those who understand the history of movie making.

    2 years agoby @arringtonFlag

  6. Nicholaus XX

    Why do we need another one, anyway? The first one was one of the least amusing movies I've ever watch.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  7. Writer220

    I enjoyed Legacy, though I think it should start to look a bit more like a future earth.

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  8. bruce_ha

    Tron legacy is one of my favorite sci-fi movies. Great effects in that movie.

    Looking forward to this one.

    2 years agoby @bruce-haFlag

  9. Time

    theres a lot of hater on this post. I don't know why, He did not say that the next Tron movie is compare to Empire Strikes Back, just to only be as good if not better then the original one he has done before. Take for example Aliens, Terminator 2, The Dark Knight and so on. I like to think that Legacy was not a reboot but a recharge for the franchise. So Game On.

    2 years agoby @arringtonFlag

  10. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    It's already gonna suck

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  11. Sean

    @thehost91 I would as well.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  12. justatadmatt

    @skywise same. it makes me not want to like it...the dude has some guts.

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  13. Replicant

    I hope Daft Punk can return to score it

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  14. skywise

    comparing to Empire Strikes back just annoys the crap out of me.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  15. The Knight Has Risen

    I'd like to see another Tron movie.

    2 years agoby @thehost91Flag

  16. The Real Goku

    Tron Legacy sucked. Bright lights won't make the movie any better.

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  17. the Narrator

    Comparisons to Star Wars hardly ever end well. That's all I can say.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag