The tidbits just keep coming for fans of the TRON film series, and the looming sequel TRON 3 (which is what we’re calling it for now). Last week Disney announced the hiring of a screenwriter, Jesse Wigutow, yesterday we got word from Sam Flynn himself, actor Garrett Hedlund, that he expects to return for the sequel and today Collider nabbed an illuminating interview with director Joseph Kosinksi, wherein he talked about the story of TRON 3, the status of the script, Daft Punk and more.
First off, the status of the film and script, of which Kosinski had this to say:
Well the only reason to go back, for me and I think for anyone involved would be if we could do something truly spectacular. We’ve been talking about it for a couple years and there’s always been this idea, a big idea, in the back of my head that we’ve been talking about. The idea itself, the notion of what the next Tron could be, is exciting enough that it would be worth going back to do it. Obviously we hinted some things at the end of Legacy, it’s kind of there for people to see what that potential is. So we just want to make sure that we have a script that delivers on that promise on an epic scale.
I’ve said it would have to be our Empire Strikes Back for me to come back and for me to pull the whole team back together. I think we do have that idea. We do have the idea that feels big and really blows the doors off this franchise. It’s hinted at promises of something for two movies now, for thirty years, so it’s time to deliver on that. But the script’s got to be at a level that makes it worth going back for, because it’s a lot of work to make a movie like this and it’s a multi-year project. So we’ve got our writer Jesse Wigutow on it right now writing, and fingers crossed if it all comes together, as we hope it will, there could be another Tron in the next few years, and it’s going to be awesome.
When asked if it would indeed be his next project after Oblivion, as has been thought:
There is certainly a chance, like I said; we’re writing the script now. Sometimes with these things all the pieces fall into place. I mean, we’ve been talking about this for years and we don’t have the script now, but sometimes things fall into place very quickly, and if everything lines up it could happen. That’s all I can say, it’s too early.
Whether or not Daft Punk would return to follow up their very popular soundtrack to TRON: Legacy:
When it comes to building the team up for soundtrack they would absolutely be my first call. As to whether or not they would do it, it depends on what they’re doing at the time. They are very methodical in how they pick their next project, and they would only do it if they felt that they could dedicate themselves a hundred percent to that. I know they have another album coming out, I’m sure that’s going to be their next big project, which I assume is going to be followed by a massive tour. So, you know, hopefully if they’ve got the time and the creative willingness to dive back in. Remember, there are a lot of tracks that they created that I still have that I wasn’t able to fit into Tron: Legacy. So we’ve already got a head start on some great tracks for the future, which I’m really excited about. Like I said, they would be my first call.
In regards to the soundtrack earning a Gold Record designation:
My gold record was delivered to me on the Oblivion set; it was in my trailer one day. Disney sent it over, Sean Bailey sent it with a very nice note that it sold whatever gold is, that must be a million copies I guess? And it was the highest selling soundtrack since the last Star Wars,The Revenge of the Sith. So that’s the highest soundtrack in seven years, or whatever that is. Like I said, that was a really wonderful thing; it was everything we wanted it to be.
Whether they would reuse existing designs or start from scratch:
I don’t want to say too much about it but the goal would not be to simply re-use. We’re not going to re-use the assets from Legacy, that’s no fun. If we’re going to do to it we’re going to reinvent all over again and it’s going to be a whole new generation for reasons that are very story-driven. That’s all I can say.
Lastly, he was asked whether the new one would pick up right where TRON: Legacy left off, or would we see a passage of time:
I think time has passed. It feels like we’re kind of real-time in step. So however much time has passed since Legacy came out would also have transpired in the real world. So it will still be contemporary. So let’s say if the Tron sequel comes out in 2015, then four or five years have passed since the last movie.
(Big thanks to Collider for landing this information.)
Whew! Pretty revealing stuff.
There are a few key things we can takeaway from this:
- The all-new designs aspect surely relates to the end of Legacy and what happened to the Grid. Based on those events, new designs are imperative.
- “Something” has been being teased for the entire series – what could that be? Interesting tidbit, nonetheless.
- I had no idea that the Legacy soundtrack went gold – how cool is that? Also, I so want to hear an extended soundtrack with all those extra Daft Punk tracks. Seriously, why hasn’t this been released already?
- The passage of time – I love that there will be some since Legacy, as I’m always wary of a film that picks up exactly where the previous one left off. It’s like writing yourself into a corner sometimes. However, if you have the passage of time between films you open up your storytelling possibilities a lot more.
- Using Empire Strikes Back as inspiration is always good in theory, but seldom few can actually pull off the awesome-sequel-act that is Empire. Nowadays when you hear someone say that X Movie is the Empire of the franchise, what they’re usually really saying is that it’s the darkest entry in the series. These same people forget that half the reason Empire is so dark is that it’s Act 2 in the conventional 3-act structure that is the original Star Wars trilogy. For those of you who don’t know, Act 2 is when the heroes suffer their greatest challenges and when the villain is at their greatest strength. It’s so much more than just being “dark”. Personally when I hear Kosinski say this, I’m excited for a few reasons: it could mean the possibility of a fourth movie on the horizon, completing a trilogy set around Sam. This could also play into the rumored inclusion of the son of Dillinger, played by Cillian Murphy in Legacy. I’m also excited that he mentioned looking to Empire instead of The Dark Knight like so many others for the last five years. (Love TDK though, just saying – it’s mentioned a lot as inspiration.) Seriously, if that happens Cillian Murphy will make a great foil for Sam and Quora.