Walt Disney Cancels Planned Tron 3

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Olivia Wilde and Garett Hedlund return for Tron 3Sometime in the past month or so, we reported that all was set for the third installment in the Tron franchise. It seems Walt Disney have had a change of mind, as The Hollywood Reporter is now reporting that Tron 3 will not be happening.

No reasons are known at this point for the cancellation, but the movie has been caught in limbo for a very long time, so the move really isn’t coming as a surprise (to me at least).

The earliest reports of a follow-up to Tron: Legacy, surfaced in October 2010, when Steven Lisberger stated that there was plan for a Tron 3 and the writers were in the early stage of producing a script for the new film. Those reports also stated that both Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde were set to reprise their lead roles as Sam Flynn and Quorra, while Tron: Legacy director, Joseph Kosinski was set to direct.

The new Tron was expected to be titled Tron: Ascension, and was expected to start filming in October 2015, but it seems all that is history now. However it won’t come as a surprise if Walt Disney decides to bring back the franchise in another three or four years (probably with a new set of casts and crew).

The first Tron installment released in 1982 was a major box office disappointment, but it was able to gather a cult following, which was perhaps why it got a sequel in 2010. The sequel however, did very well at the box office, earning more than $400million (more than twice its budget). The Box Office success of Tron: Legacy is enough reason why I think there’s still another Tron movie in the near future.