Tron was one of those films that helped form the modern geek landscape that you know. A ton of us writers and programmers and artists saw it very young (and at the birth of the video game golden age) and it placed a passion is us we have carried since:
I wanna work in video games
Now I know me writing about them makes me less cool than the people making them, but at least I place on the grid somewhere. Anyway, fans of the Tron series tend to be diehard fans, very few are tepid. The first Tron may be outdated looking, but it’s story is still super unique and somehow, miraculously (in a cheesy way) the visual aesthetic still works. Then came Tron 2 which many people complained was “gorgeous but bland” and I did not agree. It was pretty much the exact movie I had hoped Tron 2 would be (fun, shiny, and fast with a great soundtrack) and the fact that so many were meh about it made me sad.
Well, good news fellow fans of Tron, as there are now rumors circulating that Tron 3 may happen. Can we just stop for a moment and think about how awesome that will be?
Disney development executive Brigham Taylor said about the Tron series, via ScreenRant:
“I’m always hope for that. I just had a wonderful visit to Shanghai, where they have an amazing attraction based on Tron Legacy. The designers just did such an amazing job creating the feeling of stepping onto The Grid, and that indelible visual world that Lisberger created and Kosinski explored… and I think there’s a real stickiness to that that I hope can grow into a film or whatever else. So I don’t know what I’d “hint” at other than that I hope for that, and that there’s obviously been conversations.”
So while that seems somewhat vague and cryptic for now, it means someone is currently working on getting some new form of Tron made (hopefully a 3rd movie), and in this current age of the sci-fi renaissance, the chances are looking better than ever.