This comes as a bit of a surprise to me given this is hardly a tentpole franchise, but we have a Tron 3 moving ahead with Jared Leto titled Tron: Ares. That’s the news from all the big trades, though I picked the information up from THR. I mean, we knew there was talk of this for a while, I just didn’t think it would ever happen after all these years. Here is what THR reported.
After years of stops and starts, Tron 3 is moving forward at Disney. Jared Leto, who has championed the project since 2017, will star in the feature, with frequent Disney collaborator Joachim Ronning in talks to direct. The film, titled Tron: Ares, has a script from Jesse Wigutow and will follow 2010’s Tron: Legacy.
After all the hubub and years go by, we finally got a sequel to Tron and I think most fans found it rather disappointing. Certainly box office wise neither Tron, nor its sequel were much of a trend setter. In fact they both flopped hard. However that first film did build up a kind of cult status over the years. There is a dedicated fan base out there. I’m just not sure how large that fanbase is?
As THR says in their article, there were plans for more Tron movies, until the second one flopped as hard as the first.
That second film, from Joseph Kosinski, starred Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde, and earned $400 million, not enough to get a planned sequel with Kosinski and his stars off the ground. After years of development, Disney officially scrapped a Kosinski sequel in 2015, and since then there have been various attempts to crack Tron 3. Most recently, Lion filmmaker Garth Davis boarded in 2020, but that iteration did not move forward.
So why do they keep trying to ‘crack Tron‘ when it has never made any money? It really is quite baffling to me from a business standpoint. Yet, here we are again. ‘Maybe this time, we’ll crack it by the Maker, and then….World domination, mwuhahah’.
Let’s hope it’s a damn good movie, but I won’t hold my breath.
What do you think of Tron 3 with Jared Leto? What about the Tron: Ares title? Thoughts below as always.