The Real Truth Behind Tr2n's Comic-Con Surprise
By now everybody knows that a trailer for Tron 2, aka Tr2n, surprised fans at Comic-Con during Disney's panel for Race to Witch Mountain. Not only was it a surprise considering most people didn't even know it was being made, but it also looked incredible - and there's a reason for that. Jim Hill of Jim Hill Media revealed earlier today that the man behind this latest version of Tron is none other than Pixar's John Lasseter. Hill goes on to explain that Lasseter has taken over for Tron's original director, Steven Lisberger, and replaced him with Joseph Kosinski (as we mentioned last year) and hired "Lost's" Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz to write a new script. But that's not all - there is so much more to this story!
So Hill explains that Lasseter, who is now the Chief Creative Officer at both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, still remembers the day he first saw Tron back in 1982. He recalls, "It absolutely blew me away! A little door in my mind opened up. I looked at it and said, 'This is it! This is the future!'" As much as we all love that film (I know I do), the story wasn't perfect, and apparently Lasseter knew that, too. Since that day he's wanted to see a compelling movie that "would have touched an audience's emotions as it dazzled their eyes." And although Steven Lisberger has been developing a script, Lasseter has decided to throw it out and start from scratch with Kitsis and Horowitz which brings us to where we are right now.
In September last year, Disney announced that Joseph Kosinski would be directing the sequel, a filmmaker without any actual movies to his credit, but a visionary nonetheless that Lasseter trusts. Since then, Kosinski has been working in secret to make the three minute demo reel that was shown at Comic-Con to convince the execs at Disney that it's worth it. And let me be the first to say - hell yes, it's worth it! Bring on Tr2n! Additionally, Lasseter insisted that they hire Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz because they "have lots of experience when it comes to guiding colorful characters through surreal settings." And if you've seen the trailer, the story within it and the lines that Jeff Bridges says still give me chills.
So there you have it! The trailer already look fantastic when I saw it, but with such an amazing creative team on board, I'm even more excited! I don't think I would've ever thought that Tr2n would've been the next big thing, but when you take the creativity and passion of someone like John Lasseter, that's what you get. I mean, this guy did start Pixar! The trailer still gives me chills every time I think about it, from the beautiful CGI work and upgraded lightcycles to Jeff Bridges' appearance and the surreal futuristic setting at the end. I can't wait to see where this goes and how it further develops. Hill expects Tr2n to be a summer 2010 release, so stay tuned for more information as we receive it!