It looks like Sam Flynn has opened another portal as Disney has greenlit a sequel to “Tron: Legacy,” and here’s what we know about it so far.
The sequel, tentatively titled “Tron: Ares,” has been in a bit of pandemic limbo the last few years, but it seems to be getting some traction now that Disney is in early negotiations to have Joachim Rønnin direct.
Rønnin has already helmed three other films for Disney: “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” and the upcoming “Young Woman and the Sea,” starring Daisy Ridley.
Actor Jared Leto, who has championed the project since 2017, will star in the film, in an undisclosed role. He will also appear in the upcoming “Haunted Mansion” reboot as the Hatbox Ghost.
There is a script by Jesse Wigutow that takes place after the events of “Tron: Legacy,” and sources say the film has plans to start shooting late summer/early fall 2023 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
“Tron” debuted in 1982, and starred Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn, a computer programmer who was sucked inside a game and forced to participate in digital games inside The Grid in an effort to defeat the Master Control Program (David Warner).
He did so with the help of the programs Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) and Yori (Cindy Morgan).
While the film wasn’t popular initially, it developed a cult following. It has also been acknowledged as having revolutionary computer-generated special effects for the time.
The story was picked up in 2010’s “Tron: Legacy,” where Flynn’s adult son Sam (played by Garrett Hedlund) responds to a message from his long-lost father, and is transported back into The Grid. There, Sam, his father, and the algorithm Quorra, must stop the malevolent program Clu from invading the real world.
There is also an animated series called “Tron: Uprising” that came out in 2012, which takes place between the two films.
Both movies, plus the series, are available to watch on Disney+.
Disney continued the story with the opening of the “Tron Lightcycle Power Run” coaster attraction at Shanghai Disneyland when the park first opened on June 16, 2016.
A similar attraction “Tron Lightcycle Run” will open at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World on April 4, 2023.
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