Disney looks to upgrade “Tron.”

Ever since the Tron 2.0 video game hit store shelves back in Fall of 2002 there have been rumors that Disney was considering revisiting the cult-classic film. Now word comes from the guys at Dark Horizons of work on a new script that seeks to update the story in a retelling set in modern times.

The original movie, written and directed by Steven Lisberger, was considered ahead of its time. Klugman and Sternthal, who just wrote the historical epic “Warrior” for Gavin O’Connor to direct and Icon to produce and are almost finished work on a “Black Cat” script for director Chuck Russell, feel that the world has caught up with Lisberger’s original concept, making it ripe for a remake.

“It was remembered not only for story, but a visual style that nobody had ever used before. We are contemporizing it, taking these ideas that were ahead of the curve and applying them to the present, and we feel the film now has a chance to resonate with a young audience.” said Klugman.

I remember when the original Tron was released back in 1982 and, being the 14 year old geek that I was, it became a must-see film for me. I loved every second of it and, showing that my geekiness knew no bounds, I even went about developing rules for use with the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons RPG that would allow for one of the most ridiculous crossover game sessions ever. When the most recent video game came out it brought home how far computer graphics have come since 1982. What was once a massive undertaking for a motion picture back then (the total amount of footage that was CGI in Tron amounted to about 15 minutes) was now being fully realized in a first person shooter style video game on common PCs. Not only being realized, but improved upon as the video game looked a lot more like actual environments than most of the sets used in the movie ever did. Needless to say the prospect of a new adaptation using all that’s possible in CGI these days is one I find very exciting.

3 thoughts on “Disney looks to upgrade “Tron.”

  1. Ah Tron, I remember it so well. Obviously not from when it was released, because I was not yet born, rather I managed to pick up an ex-rental copy from a video store a few years ago (one dollar!).

    Now that I’m done making Les feel old…

    This is one of those cases where I understand the reasoning behind doing a remake of a classic, with the CGI of today Tron could be totally awesome (not that the original wasn’t), but then again it may be totally flat. CGI back then was a new toy for movie-makers, and it was very primitive, but the primitive standards only serve to enhance the enjoyment of watching classics like Tron or The Last Starfighter, because it was still a novelty then, and gives us all nostalgic feelings, but now CGI is everywhere, you can’t escape it, it’s no longer innovative or daring, it’s a tool.

    If that rant made any sense to you, you should probably seek psychiatric help, I apologise for the inconveniance and costly therapy.

    Anyway, if they do remake Tron lets hope they focus on character and story rather than “whoah, awesome!” special effects, I’ve enough of that with the star wars prequels.

  2. I was 9-or-10 when it came out and was so amazed by the movie!  I remember fondly being on the ride at Disneyland with the Tron stuff and being so scared by Master Computer’s voice!  I was great!

    I can’t wait to see this movie.

  3. Greetings Programs!

    I was 21 when Tron came out. My first wife made me leave in the middle of it! I haven’t seen her in 20 years and I still haven’t forgiven her for that!
    Loved Tron 2.0 – it was quite a change in environment after playing tens of FPSs in “real world” settings. Free Ma3a!

    End of line.

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