Tron 3 Is In the Works With Jared Leto Attached To Star

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Well, Disney is finally doing it. After sitting in pre-production hell for about ten years, the House of Mouse has decided to move forward with a potential Tron 3, thus completing the franchise trilogy that spans over nearly 40 years.

Tron, a technological wonder, written and directed by Stephen Lisberger, was released in 1982. Tron: Legacy, the direct sequel starring Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund, was released in 2010. Disney also fiddled with an animated series after Tron: Legacy was released, but the series only lasted one season, which is a shame because Tron: Uprising was a beautiful and well thought out series that deserved more time. But that’s neither here nor there.

This is an exciting time to be a Tron fan. Nostalgia is at an all-time high and Disney is cornering the market in high profile remakes and reboots. While I’m a bit of a stickler when it comes to remakes and the like, this journey back to the Grid has me excited. Even if Jared Leto is attached to the project. Nothing against Leto, I just don’t like his acting style. That’s a personal preference. However, I could get behind it if he’s playing the big bad of the movie. More on that later.

For those uninitiated to the brilliance that is Tron, here is a little bit of a refresher. The first movie follows Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) as he’s zapped into a computer after duking it out in the real world with the Master Control Program, or MCP, a sentient computer program that is looking for world domination. Flynn manages to defeat the MCP with the help of computer program Tron (Bruce Boxleitner), which was created by user Alan Bradley (also Boxleitner).

Tron: Legacy reimagines the Grid and modernizes it. Sam Flynn (Hedlund), Kevin’s orphaned son, is a carefree, nonchalant, and pretty absent CEO of Encom, Kevin’s company. After receiving a page from his father, who hasn’t been seen in years, Sam is zapped into the Grid to face off against CLU (Bridges, in one of the first instances of computerized de-aging in a film) and save his father from CLU and his watchdog Rinzler’s grasp.

Both movies push the boundaries of technology. Tron revolutionized computer animation and proved that CGI was a viable way to create a movie and special effects. And, of course, Legacy and Disney introduced the world to the de-aging process, even if it didn’t go quite as they wanted to.

Neither Tron film could be considered a box office smash. The original film flopped in ’82 and Legacy only modestly performed given its budget, but Disney is willing to give the franchise another chance. Leto, who is attached to the movie, and has been since 2017, is not only starring in the new movie, but he’s also executive producing.

Leto took to Instagram to break the news. You can read his statement below.

In the hands of someone who is as excited as this, it’s hard to not feel the excitement and a spark of hope. Now the only question is, who or what is Leto playing? Since details are so scant, we don’t know if he’s the protagonist, like Hedlund and Wilde before him, or if he’s playing the antagonist. However, Leto tweeted, then deleted what might be Tron 3‘s title or at least working title.

According to the deleted tweet, the third film is tentatively titled Tron: Ares. Now, Ares is the god of war in Greek mythology. Does that mean that Leto could be playing a computer program with warlike qualities? Possibly. If so, that would be super duper cool.

In addition to Leto, Disney has also attached a director to the project. Garth Davis, known for the Oscar-nominated indie film Lion, will direct Tron 3. This will be Davis’ first tentpole film, but who knows. Maybe an indie film director is exactly the type of director that will breathe new life into the franchise. We’ll just have to see and find out.

Shelby Arnold
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