Marvel and Star Wars are the reason Disney canceled Tron 3, says director
Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski says Disney’s commitment to Marvel and Star Wars caused the studio to cancel plans for Tron 3.
tron 3 was canceled by Disney due to star wars and Marvel, says tron the legacy director Joseph Kosinki. Before taking off with Tom Cruise at the head of Top Gun: MaverickKosinski in 2010 resurrected another long dormant title from the 80s by making a sequel to 1982 tron. Unfortunately tron didn’t take off as a new Disney franchise, despite tron the legacy grossing a respectable $400 million at the worldwide box office.
the original tron was of course not in itself a huge box office success for Disney. Despite early computer effects and interesting sci-fi themes, the film only made $33 million on a reported budget of $17 million. But tron became a cult movie, which is why Disney finally decided to move forward with tron the legacy as a potential sci-fi property for a franchise launch. Featuring the original tron actor Jeff Bridges, the sequel offered stunning effects as it depicted a virtual reality world, and also featured an acclaimed score by Daft Punk. Although the movie didn’t do as well as Disney hoped, it garnered its own cult following, giving hope tron 3. And indeed something involving tron always seems to be moving forward at Disney, as Jared Leto indicated earlier in 2022 when discussing the tron project to which he has been attached for several years.
That Leto directed tron project is of course led by Garth Evans (last update) and not tron the legacyit’s Kosinsky. As Kosinski has just told Vulture in a new interview, his swing to a third tron The movie was actually canceled by Disney in 2015 for reasons he says he fully understands. Kosinski explained:
I have become so close. I really tried. I got close in 2015 and Disney pulled the plug. I hadn’t built anything, but I had the whole film scripted and written. I was really excited because it flipped the idea: it was all that was happening in our world, and it was about the blending of the two. But it was a different Disney in 2015. When I made Tron: Legacy, they didn’t own Marvel; they didn’t own Star Wars. We were the room for fantasy and science fiction. And once you have those other things under your umbrella, it only makes sense that you were going to invest your money in a known property and not in the strange black-nailed art student in the corner – that was Tron. And it doesn’t matter.
by Kosinsky Tron: Ascension was described by the director as a “invasion moviein which Grid beings would have come to the real world. But fans will never see this vision because Disney chose to go in a different direction. It remains to be seen what Leto tron finally proposes, but it seems that the project is still moving forward.
Of course, it makes sense that Disney would focus on creating Marvel and star wars movies given the scale of these franchises, while delaying something like tron it remains more of a niche title. But obviously, with Disney+ now in play, it’s possible to be niche and still create new content. So maybe somewhere down the road Kosinski will still have the chance to unleash his vision of tron 3 on the world. fans of tron would definitely like some sort of revisit to that world, given how much they love the first two films. Obviously, a full big-screen experience would be the number one wish, given the importance of overwhelming visuals and sound to render tron revive. But even a small screen tron 3 would be better than nothing. And maybe Disney can one day take a little break from Marvel production and star wars content for that to happen.
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