Disney Interested in a Tron Trilogy, If Legacy Performs Well
Sometime this week the first official trailer for Tron Legacy will finally hit the web and everyone will then know why the rest of us are excited for this movie. Although it took some 28 years for Disney to greenlight a sequel to Tron, the execs are finally getting a sense of how many fans are anxiously waiting for this sequel, and it looks like they're now trying to turn it into a much bigger franchise as well. The Blue Sky Disney blog is saying that Disney wants Tron Legacy to be the first movie in a new trilogy (not including the original Tron) and the start of an animated TV series, but they're waiting to see how well it performs this December.
Here's the part from the Blue Sky Disney update that specifically talks about Disney's desire for a trilogy.
"On the theatrical front, this could be the beginning of a new trilogy. And I'm not talking about including the original Tron. If all goes according to plan you could see this as the first in a trilogy of films that start with the word "Tron" and end somewhere else… Legacy is only the beginning. There are preliminary plans to milk this into a franchise of "Pirate" proportions. And the buzz from it so far is very good."
Once you see the trailer, I'm sure you'll want a trilogy as well. There is no movie I'm more excited for right now than Tron Legacy and as long as they keep this in the hands of smart filmmakers like Joe Kosinski, we have nothing to worry about. However, this is a quintessential example of Hollywood being completely out of touch with its audience. Any typical Tron fan would have obviously supported Kosinski if they were shown the test footage from Comic-Con, but from the very start, the execs at Disney have been weary about supporting this sequel. It took a Comic-Con crowd to convince them to even give Kosinski the greenlight to begin with and now they're unsure if it'll even be a success. It's going to be huge, Disney, I'm certain of that!