Matt Wavish posted about Disney’s cancellation of the third Tron adventure the other day. I can’t say I was disappointed by the news. Joseph Kosinski’s Tron:Legacy was, whether in terms of story or visuals, distinctly underwhelming to my eyes, though it was a major hit so a further movie was almost inevitable. However, Disney have had several commercial disappointments of late, ranging from outright flops to minor failures, so perhaps they consider a third Tron film to be a risky proposition, which really does say something about the cinematic world that we live in. The official statement was that:
“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?’ And it’s a pretty big investment to make if you are not even sure when you are going to release it.”
It’s rather sad that most of the films on Disney’s slate are remakes! In fact, looking at the list of projects makes for really depressing reading. Anyway, it does seem that there are many out there who still want to see Tron 3. And a new petition has appeared on Change.org asking for Disney to change their decision and get production of Tron 3 underway once again, its official goal being to:“Show Disney that The Grid is too great to never be shown again and to prove that Flynn lives. Apparently the petition was slow starting but has now exceeded 18 000 signatures.
Tron 3, which was going to probably be called Tron Ascension, was intended to see the second film’s stars Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde return with Kosinski also to return as director. He didn’t do a very good job on Tron:Legacy [well, he’s not a very good director anyway], but at least Tron 3 had a script by some different writers David DiGilio and Joseph Wigutow, which would have been a good start. Rumours circulated that story would investigate the significance of Wilde’s character, Quora, being taken out of the world of The Grid and into the real world.
Petition here: https://www.change.org/p/walt-disney-revive-tron-3