UPDATE: After five years in development, Tron 3 is finally back on track. Leading man Jared Leto is still on-board as the lead, however director Garth Davis is no longer attached.
Disney is now in talks with Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales director Joachim Rønning to helm the project. Jesse Wigutow is writing the script with Justin Springer, Jeffrey Silver and Emma Ludbrook serving as producers.
UPDATE: Looks like Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski won’t be returning for the third installment. It is announced today that Oscar nominated director Garth Davis (Lion) is set to helm Tron 3.
The long awaited follow-up to 2010’s cyberpunk actioner Tron: Legacy is finally on the fast track. Tron 3 is reportedly in development by Disney with Jared Leto (Suicide Squad) set to take the lead.
Disney music executive Mitchell Leib, who was the man behind Daft Punk’s involvement with Tron: Legacy, recently stated on the Light the Fuse podcast:
“Now with Disney+, I think there’s opportunities to be creating content that we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to create, you know because we’re in the movie business. We’re in the big movie business, and unless it’s a big movie idea we don’t make small movies. We’re only after basically billion dollar box office hits. On the one hand, that’s great. On the other hand, that’s a very narrow sleeve to operate in, and Disney+ I think is going to afford us the opportunity to expand and get much more diversified in the kind of content we can create. And Daft Punk has a bit of a television and movie development company, and all kinds of things they’re into, businesses they’re into. So I had lunch with Paul Hahn to further a bit of a starting conversation that we’re looking at making a sequel to Tron now, we’re looking at Tron 3. And we’ve got a great script, I mean a really phenomenal script that we’re very excited about. Whereas the timing wasn’t right to have done it years ago, I think we feel like the timing is right now, and I feel like we’ve learned a lot of lessons from that last movie.” Leib added, “The right and first thing to do is to try and bring Daft Punk and would they want to. And the answer is they’re always open to anything and everything, but you gotta take it as it comes and see what the circumstances are. We don’t even know who would be directing it, I mean we’re hopeful Joe Kosinski would come back and do another one.”
Daft Punk’s score is one of the biggest positive element of Tron: Legacy, so getting them back on-board for the next installment should definitely be a priority.
With Tron 3 being more of a sequel than a reboot, there is a big possibility that the original cast (Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde) may also return. We do not know if the original script for Tron 3 aka Tron: Ascension is the script that Leib is referring to, which involved the virtual world of “The Grid,” invading the real world.