There have been rumblings for months now of a third Tron film, and already there has been confirmation that the film would be called Ascension, and that Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski would return, with stars Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund also coming back for more.
The plot details for Ascension were never revealed, but there were reports saying that the third Tron film will follow on from the ending of Legacy, which saw Sam Flynn and Quorra leave the ‘Grid’.
The Ascension part of the title was to be a reference to not just Sam and Quorra being able to leave the Grid, but other entities will be leaving and heading to Earth.
THR now report that Disney have cancelled the film, which was due to shoot on Vancouver later this year.
“We had never greenlit the movie, but it was in development for some time,” said one Disney executive, discussing the sensitive decision to table the project. “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.”
Disney was hoping to make the third “Tron” film for about the cost of the second, which had a budget of $170 million.
Legacy was the sequel to the 1982 sci-fi film that took place inside a computer world known as the Grid and starred Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner. The film drew a big cult following and became a notable influence on filmmakers and pop culture.
While no official reasons were given, reports are saying Disney are nervous of another sci-fi disaster after Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland failed to deliver, and the memory of John Carter are clearly still fresh in their minds.
However, Tron: Legacy performed well, so the cancellation of Tron: Ascension is both annoying, and a mystery, for now…