A third Tron film is reportedly moving forward at Disney, with Jared Leto attached to star.
News of Leto’s involvement in a Tron sequel first surfaced in 2017. At the time, it was reported that he would play a character named Ares, in addition to serving as a producer on the project. That iteration of the sequel was rumored to be called Tron: Ascension and center on programs from The Grid invading the real world, picking up after the events of 2010’s Tron: Legacy.
Fast forward and three years and it seems development on a new take on Tron 3 is finally be moving forward. Via The Playlist, Disney Insider reports that the studio has nailed down a script and is currently searching for a director. Though details are being kept close to the vest, the film will likely be a sequel as opposed to a reboot, and as was intended with Ascension, could feature cast members from Legacy.
Mitchell Leib, Disney’s President of Music and Soundtracks, seemingly confirmed as much during a recent interview with the Light the Fuse podcast. “We’re looking at making a Tron 3,” Leib revealed. “We’ve got a great script. A really phenomenal script that we’re very excited about. Whereas the timing wasn’t right to do it years ago, I think we feel the timing is right, now. We learned a lot of lessons from Tron: Legacy.”
Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Tron: Legacy served as the direct sequel to 1982’s Tron, with Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner reprising their roles as Kevin Flynn and Alan Bradley, respectively. New cast members included Olivia Wilde, Garrett Hedlund, James Frain, Beau Garrett and Michael Sheen. Hedlund took on the role of Sam Flynn, son of Bridges’ Kevin Flynn, who follows a mysterious signal to discover his long-lost father trapped in the digital world of The Grid. The plot saw a program named Clu (also played by Bridges) attempting to escape into the real world — something that was apparently explored in the Tron: Ascension script.
Despite heavy promotion on Disney’s end, the sequel was met with mixed reviews and mild success at the box office, earning $400 million worldwide on a $170 budget. You can currently watch both Tron and Tron: Legacy on Disney+, so sign up now. If you already have Disney+, you can add Hulu and ESPN+ for just $6 more.