Disney's Tron 2 Also Going to Cost $300 Million to Make?!
by Alex Billington
April 9, 2009
Who said the economy is hurting Hollywood? A few weeks back we ran article about how the cost of James Cameron's Avatar was pushing $300 million, but that came from a quote in Time which was later disproved by both the writer and Fox. Now today, found within an article in the Vancouver Sun newspaper (via SlashFilm), is this tidbit about the budget of Disney's highly anticiapted Tron 2, which is now shooting. "Vancouver post-production units are salivating at the prospects presented by the Disney remake of Tron, which carries a whopping $300 million budget and opportunities aplenty for effects and digital polish."
Are we going to get an update from Disney by the end of the day on this one, too? Fox was very quick to alert us that the budget on Avatar was actually a lot closer to $200 million, not $300. Who knows whether the Vancouver Sun is accurate this time, though, since it's too early to confirm with other sources (it only just started shooting). Above all else, though, is that this isn't bad news by any means. In fact, I'm glad to hear it might have a $300 million budget, because that means Disney is sparing no expense in hopes of really pushing the boundaries of filmmaking like original Tron did in 1982. Sounds like a good decision to me.
So why is this news at all then? Well, according to officially released information (see Wikipedia), the most expensive film ever made is still Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End at a cost of $300 million; and in second is Spider-Man 3, which supposedly cost $270 million, even though some say it was closer to $350 million. Besides those two, no other movie has ever crossed the $240 million mark, which means if both Avatar and Tron 2 are indeed at $300 million, then we've got some truly epic movies on the horizon. I do think, however, that this is just a sign of the times just in terms of what goes into a movie these days.
What I mean is that with productions like Avatar and Tron 2, they shoot for a few months on expensive sets, but then work on post-production and visual effects for two whole years. As we all know, time is money, and it costs a lot to have a full staff of visual artists working on these projects for years at a time. It's all a sign of our times because movies created by computers are commonplace nowadays, and it just takes a lot of time and a lot of money to develop and use this technology and to pull it off. Bring on some Tron!