Back in April, word came that Disney was preparing to begin production on a sequel to 2010’s Tron: Legacy, which would mark the third entry in the popular Tron franchise. Now, however, a Disney executive has revealed that the project not only never got the greenlight, but is now off the tracks entirely.
According to Variety, the studio has been discussing the sequel for a long time, but couldn’t find a suitable release date as it looked out towards 2018. “Things in the queue got ahead of it and we have such a big slate out in front of it, we started to think, ‘Where does it go?’” the unnamed exec said. “And it’s a pretty big investment to make if you are not even sure when you are going to release it.”
Reports initially indicated that Legacy stars Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund would re-team with director Joseph Kosinski, and that offices in Vancouver had even been open ahead of planned production. Apparently, Disney decided its massive future schedule was already too packed with big-ticket features to fit in another one. Over the next three years, the studio will release live action takes on Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Pete’s Dragon, and a Dumbo film from Tim Burton. Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is getting a sequel, as well, and there’s a new Pirates of the Caribbean currently filming. Then there are all the films from Disney-owned companies like Lucasfilm, Marvel, and Pixar.
Disney’s latest attempts at big-budget action tentpoles like The Lone Ranger and Tomorrowland have largely been disappointing at the box-office. Meanwhile, films like Into the Woods, Maleficent, and Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella have seen major success on relatively slim budgets, so it’s not terribly surprising that the heads of the Mouse House are setting their sights on what they see as more profitable properties.
So while the plethora of upcoming movies have pushed a new Tron off to the side, it doesn’t mean it will stay there forever. “I think it could resurface at some point,” another insider told Variety, “but it’s not going to get the go button right now.”