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Disney Canceled Tron 3 Because To Marvel And Star Wars According To The Director

Disney's dedication to Marvel and Star Wars, according to Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, forced the company to terminate his plans for Tron 3

Of all, the original Tron was not exactly a box office smash for Disney. Despite its early computer graphics and intriguing sci-fi themes, the picture only grossed $33 million on a projected $17 million budget. Tron, on the other hand, became a cult classic, which is why Disney opted to pursue Tron: Legacy as a possible franchise-starting science fiction property. The sequel, which starred original Tron actor Jeff Bridges and represented a virtual reality environment, had stunning VFX and a renowned music by Daft Punk. Though the film didn't perform as well as Disney had hoped, it did develop a cult following, leading to speculation about a Tron sequel. And, as Jared Leto stated earlier in 2022 while discussing the Tron project he has been working on for a few years, something concerning Tron looks to still be moving forward within Disney.


That Leto-led Tron project is, of course, being directed by Garth Evans (at the time of this update), not Kosinski from Tron: Legacy. In a new interview with Vulture, Kosinski revealed that his attempt at a third Tron film was canceled by Disney in 2015 for reasons that he claims he fully understands. According to Kosinski,

"I got so close. I really tried. I got close in 2015, and Disney pulled the plug on it. I hadn’t built anything, but I had the whole movie storyboarded and written. I was really excited because it was inverting the idea: It was all that stuff coming into our world, and it was about the blending of the two. But it was a different Disney by 2015. When I made Tron: Legacy, they didn’t own Marvel; they didn’t own Star Wars. We were the play for fantasy and science fiction. And once you’ve got those other things under your umbrella, it makes sense that you’re going to put your money into a known property and not the weird art student with black fingernails in the corner — that was Tron. And that’s okay."

Tron: Ascension, directed by Kosinski, was sometimes described as a "invasion movie" in which entities from the grid invaded the physical world. However, Disney chose to go in an another way, so fans will never witness that concept. It's still unclear what Leto's Tron will deliver, but it appears the project is still moving forward.


Of course, given the massive popularity of the Marvel and Star Wars franchises, it makes sense for Disney to prioritize developing movies based on such brands while putting something like Tron on the back burner. However, with Disney+ in place, it is now viable to stay niche while still producing fresh material. So maybe Kosinski will still get a chance to show the world his Tron 3 idea in the future. Given how many fans of the previous two Tron films adore them, a return to that universe would be welcome. Given how essential overpowering graphics and sound are to bringing Tron to life, a full-fledged large screen experience would undoubtedly be desire number one. Even a Tron 3 on a small screen would be preferable to nothing. And perhaps, in the future, Disney will be able to take a break from producing Marvel and Star Wars material to make that happen.


Source: Vulture

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