Jeff Bridges Finally Talks About Working on Tr2n!
by Alex Billington
October 6, 2008
So I don't think we're the only ones who start salivating when we hear any mention of Tron 2 aka Tr2n, which is why I couldn't more happier to write this news today. I finally got the chance to see the teaser trailer that was shown at Comic-Con on the glorious big screen a few weeks ago and it still blows my mind every time. After that first hit, we wrote a very interesting follow-up regarding the real story behind the development of the project, which seems to have been given the greenlight after the tremendous reaction at Comic-Con. Today's update finally comes from Jeff Bridges himself, who made an appearance in the actual teaser trailer, courtesy of the Brits over at the The Guardian. Care to know more?
Will Lawrence of The Guardian interviewed Bridges about his upcoming appearance in How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and got a few questions in about Tr2n. "That's another unique, wild experience that was too good to turn down. Engaging in that world again feels just like it did all that time ago. Basically, I'm still a child, I love being childlike, and here was another chance to play with these crazy toys. And the cutting-edge technology makes it exciting. Doing the teaser trailer for Comic-Con, I had my first experience of motion capture. And that's turning the industry on its head. It's amazing being part of that." Bridges next answer to a question about modernizing Tron causes him to compare it to King Kong.
"Well, when we made Tron there was no internet, no cellphones. But now we have motion capture, so I think we'll get a far more successful version of the story, which is someone literally getting sucked into a video game. When we did King Kong in the 70s, one minute you'd have a shot of Rick Baker in this big suit and then you'd cut to this 80ft stiff model, and they looked nothing alike. Compare to that Peter Jackson's King Kong the technology is there and they did a wonderful job. I thought they created a beautiful Kong. So I hope that'll be the same for Tron."
Remember, the first Tron was made way back in 1982, when Bridges was 32. Now he's 58. I'm not so bold as to pick apart what he was saying about the motion capture elements and comparisons to King Kong, because I'm still in awe from the amazing teaser. I just really can't wait for this movie. I know I'm excited for Watchmen, but something about that teaser trailer still gives me the chills unlike anything else. And I think it has to do with the fact that Jeff Bridges was a part of it. I have a good feeling that he'll still be in the final film, which really makes it all the better. And as for his comparison to King Kong - I truly hope only mean that this has the potential to be another revolutionary film. Bring it on Joseph Kosinski!