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.