– by Joseph Jammer Medina

What an interesting turn of events this all is. Earlier this week, we reported on an interview with TRON: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, wherein he discussed the script for the unproduced TRON 3, or TRON: Ascension, as it was to be called. While the current landscape of film didn’t really seem to justify the production of the flick, Kosinski seemed optimistic that someday they’d be able to make it.

Apparently someone over at Disney heard that, because now we have an official update on TRON: Ascension: it’s never going to get made.

Don’t worry TRON fans. It doesn’t sound like Disney is getting out of the TRON business anytime soon. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. According to THR, Disney has officially started the early stages of developing a new film in the franchise. They went on to say that the film will not be a direct sequel to TRON: Legacy, and that it will be built on the “source code” (cue studio audience laugh track) of the axed TRON 3 script.

Also of note is that Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto is circling the lead role, though we, of course, have no real details as to what that role will entail. Should Leto actually attach himself the project, it will mark the first time he’s been the lead of his own franchise. While he definitely got his share of attention as the Joker in last year’s Suicide Squad, he is still but a small cog in the huge machine that is the DC Extended Universe.

There has been no writer hired to the project just yet, as the studio is still in the “exploratory stage” of the development process.

We find this news especially interesting since Disney already has their blockbuster plate full. Between Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and their live-action and animated film, it seems there is little room left in the yearly slate for any more potential franchises. That’s not even mentioning the fact that the last time Disney tried to start their own franchise (Tomorrowland), it didn’t really work out in their favor.

But if there’s a will, there’s a way. While I’ve never been a huge fan of the TRON property, the potential for a great film has always been there. Hopefully with this reboot/sequel/spinoff/whatever Disney will finally be able to crack the “source code” (again, cue the laugh track) behind this franchise.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.