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Tron Legacy

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Release Date: December 17, 2010 (North America)

Genres: Action, Science Fiction, Sequel, Video Game          MPAA Rating: PG

Production Phase: Released

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures  

Who's In It: Jeff Bridges (Kevin Flynn / Clu), Bruce Boxleitner (Alan Bradley / Tron), Garrett Hedlund (Sam Flynn), Olivia Wilde (Quorra), Michael Sheen (Castor)

Who's Making It: Joseph Kosinski (Director), Eddy Kitsis (Screenwriter), Adam Horowitz (Screenwriter), Eddy Kitsis (Story), Adam Horowitz (Story)

Premise: When 27-year-old Sam Flynn looks for the whereabouts of his missing father Kevin, he finds him living inside a digital world that exists inside a computer. It's a place where video game warriors battle each... More »

Official Website: Disney.com/Tron

What We Think: More Tron? Hell yeah! Sure, back when the first film came out in 1982 it got beaten up at the box office by the bigger hits of that wonderful summer like Star Trek II, The... More »

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Last evening at 9:30 PM there indeed was a viral marketing event that took place at 1st Avenue and J Street in San Diego. Those that came to the cul-de-sac were greeted by people that handed out a piece of paper with numerical questions on it. Solving the questions, you then used the numbers as distance arrows on a map of downtown San Diego, leading you down the streets towards a mysterious destination that soon revealed itself as Flynn's arcade.

With its hot red neon sign marking its locale in San Diego's Gaslamp quarter, Disney has rented a building in San Diego and stocked it not just with classic coin-op arcade games from the 1980s but an actual, honest-to-God working coin-op of the imaginary video game created by Kevin Flynn in the first Tron movie, Space Paranoids. Video of the gameplay below taken by CHUD webmaster Devin Faraci showing Latino Review's George Goush playing the game: 

 

Video taken inside the arcade:

 

 

 

There is an actual Tron coin-op in the arcade too. Every quarter of the hour the neon inside Flynn's Arcade dips and almost goes out. At that time a "staff member" pushes the Tron machine to the side, revealing a secret door hidden behind the game. This is what you see when you walk down the secret corridor:

 

We think that the music in that clip is a sample of the Daft Punk Tron Legacy score.

- Videos taken by Dave Cobb, Devin Faraci. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Friday, July 24, 2009

Disney has released a high quality version of the Tron: Legacy FX reel footage originally shown at last year's Comic-Con, now rebranded with the film's title and a release date: 2010. Other versions of the reel can be found here.

 

 

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

At the Disney panel taking place at Comic-Con, it was just announced that the official title for the film will be Tron: Legacy.

This is one of the sequel's new designs for a lightcycle that was shown at the panel and uploaded courtesy of JoBlo.

Also mentioned at the panel:

  • The fact that the production employed a high-speed camera that took 1,000 frames per second.
  • Journey will be heard on the film's soundtrack.
  • An original Tron coin-op will be seen somewhere in the movie.
  • Every coin-op that was seen in Flynn's arcade in the '82 Tron movie will also be seen in the sequel.
  • Jeff Bridges on the movie: "It's basically a story about a son's search for his father. The first Tron... when we made that in '81 there was no internet. Cell phones were these big things you carried around in a suitcase! So what you saw was so new and fresh... I can guarantee you'll get the same kind of pop with this one!"
  • Daft Punk has already done 24 tracks for the film's soundtrack.
  • One scene from the film was shown: Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) walks into his dad's old arcade. He comes across the original Tron coin-op before moving it from the wall and finding a hidden door behind it. Sam opens the door and walks in.
  • New vehicles that we'll see in the movie include the already mentioned updated lightcycles, recognizers, solar sailers and a light runner (described as an AT version of a lightcycle capable of carrying two people and going off-road). New environments include a gladitorial arena where 16 players fight to the death and the upgraded city streets of "Tron City".
  • The movie wrapped photography last Monday.
  • In attendance were original Tron director Steven Lisberger, Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski and stars Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde. Lisberger says that he loves what is being done and that it took "27 years to find the right team" to make the sequel.
- JoBlo, UGO, Ain't It Cool News, "Da Mole". Comment on this Scoop (0)
Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ain't It Cool News just broke the title artwork for Tron Legacy. Want to see a really big version on the game grid?

- Ain't It Cool News. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Thursday, July 23, 2009

Walt Disney Pictures just sent us an official info pack on Tron: Legacy and in it they confirmed that Michael Sheen is indeed starring in the movie along with James Frain. The list of writers credited with the script are (but not final): Steven Lisberger, Richard Jeffries, Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal, Eddie Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and Bill Wheeler.

Also supplied was an official story synopsis for the film:

TRON LEGACY is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that's unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father's disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladitorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin's loyal confidant (Olivia Wilde), father and don embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.

Also confirmed by Disney: Bruce Boxleitner is reprising his roles as Alan Bradley and Tron!

Meanwhile, Sci-Fi Wire has exclusive quotes from director Joseph Kosinski about the digital world in Tron: Legacy as well as two photos of Kevin Flynn's new lightcycle. "Like I said downstairs, the world of Tron has evolved on its own, like an aquarium," Kosinski told the site. "It's disconnected from the outside world for 25 years, so as it's continued to evolve. The scale has gotten bigger, the realism, the physics, the visceral quality of it. I wanted it to feel like we went in and shot everything with motion picture cameras. The line between what's real and not should be blurred."

And fans of the old school Tron should dig what Kosinski has in store for them. "It's a movie that even if you haven't seen the original Tron, you'll be able to watch this and get totally wrapped up in the world. If you are a hardcore fan, there are a lot of things hidden in the film you will enjoy. Our crew worked really hard to make sure everything lined up perfectly."

- Walt Disney Pictures. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A viral marketing website called Flynn Lives has just launched. The site is devoted to finding the whereabouts of the missing Kevin Flynn, the Encom programmer that Jeff Bridges played in the first Tron film and the upcoming sequel. A timeline of Flynn states that he disappeared in 1989 but his fans believe that he never went away and is somewhere in hiding.

If you scroll to the bottom of the site you will see a dancing bug-like graphic. Clicking on it will open another window that borrows some of the graphics from the coin-op Tron video game from the 1980s. As this scoop is written a timer is counting down to zero which corresponds to 9:30 PM PST on July 23, 2009. "Meet us at the cul de sac near the corner of 1st and J when the numbers run out. You’ll know who we are," reads the message.

We don't think that it's a coincidence that the first full day of festivities begins tomorrow for Comic-Con International 2009 in San Diego and this cryptic message hidden on FlynnLives.com. There is a 1st Avenue and J Street very close by to the San Diego convention center, and we know that Disney will be promoting Tron 2 during a panel at the con. We believe that something is being planned to happen at 9:30 PM tomorrow at 1st and J and it has something to do with Tron 2. Anyone want to go and take photos for us?

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Yesterday's story about the Tron 2 production confirming that there will be a flashback scene to 1989 filmed today syncs up with a scoop published last month on Ain't It Cool News. The AICN slipped by our attention at the time but now that this time era has been confirmed by paperwork from the production it matches with part of what Ain't It Cool's source said happens in the film. Logically that also means that the rest of what the AICN scooper had to say is likely to be probable.

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Want to know what happens after that part? Head over to Ain't It Cool News and read the original article.

- Ain't It Cool News. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Friday, April 17, 2009

The Tron 2 production will be filming exterior scenes tomorrow for most of the day in downtown Vancouver. According to a notice sent out to residents living in the vicinity of the filming, we've gotten a slight spoiler about what the scene is but more importantly when it takes place.

The notice informs residents of the area about the street closures that will take place on Saturday, but more important to the Tron fans looking for any scrap of info about the story is this part of the notice: "Since this part of our story takes place in 1989, we cannot see anything that is not from this era. Our scene is a flashback of two of our characters leaving the building and being swarmed by the media. They give a brief interview and then get into a car and drive away."

Garrett Hedlund, the hero of the movie, is 24-years-old, making it very doubtful that he's involved in this scene -- which leads us to theorize that if this may be an appearance by Jeff Bridges' and Bruce Boxleitner's characters. Remember when we last saw Bridges' character Kevin Flynn at the end of the original Tron in 1982 he had been made CEO of Encom? We know Encom is still around because of the spy photos leaked on the net last week, so it's not too far of a stretch to suppose that maybe this is Flynn and his buddy Alan Bradley emerging from a business tower and being flocked by reporters. It's speculation at this point but if someone can get photos showing who these two characters are we'd know for sure. Anyone up for some long distance photography?

- Marina @ Row Three. Comment on this Scoop (1)
Saturday, April 11, 2009

Two spy photos of exterior shots being filmed for Tron 2 have been published on Slashfilm. One shows how a downtown Vancouver building has been grafted with the fictional logo of Encom, the company seen in the original 1982 Tron, and the other shows an actor wearing a sky blue spandex costume standing at a street coffee kiosk.

- Slashfilm. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Today at the annual ShoWest convention at the Walt Disney panel there was a preview of a number of upcoming films in the studio's pipeline including Alice in Wonderland, G-Force, Toy Story 3 and A Christmas Carol. But on the Tron 2 news front the same sizzle reel footage shown at last year's San Diego convention, showing a blue and a yellow lightcycle racing in the digital world and a bearded Jeff Bridges looking down on the action from what looks like a real-world office space, was shown to the audience -- but this time it was shown in 3-D.

"This was my first time seeing the Tron footage and it absolutely blew me away," wrote Collider's Steven Weintraub. "If you’re a fan of the original Tron, this sequel looks so amazing you are going to freak out when you see it in 3-D. Seriously. It will rock your world. This was easily the best thing I saw at the convention and I don’t know what else is going to come close."

And in case you've forgotten what Steven was talking about or hadn't seen the Comic Con footage yet, it's time to fix that problem.

 

 

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

It's a small bit of news but at the end of TV Guide's interview with actress Serinda Swan about her role as the magical Zatanna on Smallville she mentions that she has a role in the Tron sequel. "Beau Garrett these two other actresses and I play temptresses from inside the computer world. We're sort of the main guy's go-to girls. There are lights actually sewn into our wardrobe, so it's like nothing you've seen before!"

- TV Guide. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Thursday, March 5, 2009

Billboard has confirmed that French electronica duo Daft Punk will create the musical score for the Tron sequel. The last time the group was in the studio was for their 2005 album "Human After All"; Billboard reports that Daft Punk have made a new recording studio to begin working on the Tron score.

- Billboard. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Latino Review found us the official website for Cosmic Motors, a book by conceptual artist Daniel Simon. While the tome doesn't have anything to do directly with Tron 2, you should know that Simon is one of the artists creating designs for the new movie -- and as noted by our latin buddies, one of his futuristic ideas for a motorcycle looks a lot like that wicked new lightcycle design we saw in the teaser trailer filmed at last year's Comic Con. See the design for yourself.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Garrett Hedlund has been cast in the leading role for Tron 2 states The Hollywood Reporter. The name of Hedlund's character wasn't mentioned but the magazine adds that his character will have a similar story arc as the one Jeff Bridges portrayed in the original 1982 Tron, a programmer that was zapped into the virtual world that exists inside computers and forced to play games that could end his life.

Hedlund's past acting credits include Four Brothers, Troy, Eragon, Georgia Rule and Death Sentence. [Full story]

- The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Wednesday, December 24, 2008

According to Coming Soon, the original Alan-One is returning to the franchise. Bruce Boxleitner played computer programmer Alan Bradley as well as videogame warrior Tron in the original 1982 movie, and if CS's scooper is on the money, the actor is currently filming a part for Tron 2. Coming Soon's source didn't reveal if Boxleitner is reprising either one of his parts from the '82 movie or something new.

- Scoop sent in by Nordling; first appeared on Coming Soon. Comment on this Scoop (0)


 

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