I was a huge fan of the original Tron released back in 1982. I was 14 years old and it was a movie aimed at my people: computer geeks. Completely unrealistic fantasy nonsense and I loved every minute of it so when word came that they were doing a sequel, well, geekgasm is probably the appropriate word. The original movie managed to do a lot of things never seen before in film and the producers of the sequel are promising more of the same. Which, when you consider how ridiculous CGI visual effects have become in movies these days, will be quite a feat to pull off.
Disney wowed crowds at least year’s San Deigo Comic Con with test footage of a light cycle battle that included an appearance by Jeff Bridges who played Flynn in the original movie. They were testing the waters to see how much interest there would be in a sequel and the fan reaction was positive enough that the green light was given to develop it. The tentative title was Tron 2 which was later shortened to silly Tr2n. At this year’s Comic Con Disney unveiled the final title of Tron Legacy along with a synopsis of the plot:
TRON is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (GARRETT HEDLUND), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (JEFF BRIDGES), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (OLIVIA WILDE), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.
The folks over at /Film have a write up of what was presented this year and it sounds like it’s going to be cool as hell. They also have some shots of concept art from the movie including the new lightcycles:
Yes please! Disney is already ramping up the ARG marketing for the film with a website called Flynn Lives that lays out the conspiracy theories on what happened to Flynn when he disappeared in 1989. As for the movie itself the principle photography just wrapped up and now it goes into a year-long post-production due to all the effects shots that will comprise most of the film. I believe the movie is slated to come out sometime in 2011 which will make waiting for it all the more difficult.