The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Disney is looking to reboot Tron (1982) and that apparently Jared Leto is involved in the project.
Tron: Legacy came out in 2010, and, while it did receive mixed reviews, its fan base was clearly present and was an overall success at the box office. It almost seemed inevitable that a Tron 3 was going to be coming in the next couple of years. And then Tron 3 sort of fell into what the film community calls “development hell,” where movies that are planned never can seem to get going due to a script, casting, or what have you. Of course, some films are in development hell a lot longer than others, and Tron 3 really was not in there that long.
It’s interesting that Disney is taking this route and just rebooting the franchise rather than continuing where Tron: Legacy left off. The 2010 film really did have a spectacular cast that included Jeff Bridges from the original film, Garrett Hedlund, and Olivia Wilde, but it appears that they will be kicked to the curb since no Tron 3 is coming our way.
Jared Leto, who was last seen on screen in the iconic role of the Joker in DC’s Suicide Squad (2016), is in talks not only to be one of the main stars of this reboot but also to be brought on as a producer. Serving in both of these capacities is not a rare thing, but maybe here it indicates that Leto is really passionate about this franchise and this world, and that will show if and when this reboot hits theater screens.
Hopefully rebooting this series will be more of a reinvention with some nostalgic tie-ins rather than a complete rehash of the original film just told with updated technology. With the exception of the character of Spider-Man, who we have now seen played by three people in fifteen years in six different movies, reboots and remakes usually occur quite some time after the original has been released. Though, by the time this film gets off the ground, it might be 2020 for all we know. Even then, that would only be a decade after the last Tron film.
There is an audience for Tron out there, and there are obviously plenty of fans. Let’s hope that something new can be brought to the table that might lead to more success than Legacy. If not, then it might just be time to pull the plug on the Grid.