I am still reasonably sure that there will be a sequel to the 2010 Joseph Kosinski film, Tron: Legacy. The original earned over $400 million worldwide, on a budget of $170 million. When you take into account promotional costs–which I don’t have access to, but I’ll add on another $100 million, which sounds fair–then Tron: Legacy actually wasn’t that profitable, if at all.
But you have to also keep in mind that it earned over $400 million, which shows is that there’s definitely interest in the property, and demand for a potential sequel, with the caveat being if Disney can build on that demand.
- Disney Has Few Homegrown Options of Its Own
Disney, as a movie studio, is in a pretty unique position. There’s their Marvel Studios arm, which produced the recent box office hit, Guardians Of The Galaxy, as well as the upcoming The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Ant-Man, and many others.
Then there’s Pixar, which creates cutting edge CGI features that manage to be extremely profitable, which isn’t easy to do (if you think so, take a look at DreamWorks SKG’s releases sometime, which if it weren’t for the success of How To Train Your Dragon 2, would be bleak).
And there’s also Disney Animation, which ever since John Lassiter, the head of Pixar, began running things, has become a hit-making machine with movies like Wreck-It-Ralph, Frozen and most recently Big Hero 6 which has managed, domestically, to outgross Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.
And I haven’t even gotten into Lucasfilm, which has the potential to be massive with the new Star Wars films they have in the pipeline.
So what becomes of Disney? Are they a holding company for their more successful branches, or can they produce unique content of their own (Maleficent‘s success to this day is something of a mystery to me, as in I don’t see, considering how relatively niche the movie is in some ways, how it did as well as it did)?
I think that they can, and a sequel to Tron: Legacy would be a great way to show it.
Now on to where the story of Tron can go.
There’s a moment during Joseph Kosinski’s Tron: Legacy that could have defined the entire series, though it’s a relatively small (and unfortunately wasn’t built upon) and easy to miss if you weren’t paying attention. When Quorra (Olivia Wilde) takes Sam (Garrett Hedlund) to see his father, Kevin (Jeff Bridges). Kevin exlains that he brought in Tron, and created Clu to keep an eye on things when he couldn’t be on the Grid.
Flynn eventually uttered this line: “It was a coup. Clu had been corrupted.”
This is an important line because it leads to the most seminal event in the entire movie, which is Clu overthrowing Kevin and taking control, and if there’s a sequel it’s the perfect point for it to begin.
Because it leads to the question: How did Clu become corrupted? If you recall earlier in the movie, you meet Edward Dillinger (Cillian Murphy) who’s a star programmer at Encom.
The point being that Edward Dillinger is the son of Ed Dillinger (David Warner), who in the original movie was Sark though more importantly he’s the creator of the MCP (Master Control Program).
So, going to back to Tron: Legacy, the question of the day is: How was Clu corrupted? Let’s, for argument’s sake, say that it wasn’t a random event, but the work of Edward Dillinger! This means that he’s not only aware of the Grid, but intends to take it over in his father’s name.
And how would he do so?
After corrupting Clu, he would then go about trying to create a new MCP which serves two goals: It gives him control of the computer world, as well as, potentially, control of Encom.
But most importantly such a direction by Disney completes the journey began in Tron, continued in Tron: Legacy and brings it full circle, and toward what could be a very sastifying conclusion that pleases fans of the original film, its sequel, and others the world over.
And if Disney charts the course I have so carefully mapped, I hope that they also bring back Wendy Carlos, who’s talent, genius and ability defined the original film, and was sorely missed in the sequel.