Writers Galore Boarding 'Tron Legacy' Sequel, 'Daredevil' and 'TMNT'
by Ethan Anderton
June 7, 2011
We've heard about each of these projects briefly the past few months, but now the expected Tron Legacy sequel and the franchise reboots of Daredevil and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are all making strides in development with writers set for each. First up, Deadline has word that Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol writers Josh Applebaum & Andre Nemec will rewrite the script for the TMNT franchise being rebooted by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes. Previously we heard that Iron Man writers Art Marcum & Matt Holloway were revamping the script, but apparently it still needs a little more work. More below.
Second up, since Elektra didn't do much for fans after an already disappointing adaptation of Daredevil in 2003, there's no better time than now to reboot a dead franchise. We already know David Slade has been brought on board to develop and direct the film, and at the time David Scarpa was said to be behind the script. Now Heat Vision reports "Fringe" writer and producer Brad Caleb Kane has actually been hired to write the screenplay which will use Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli's Born Again storyline for the film. Though he's only credited for working on one film (Brooklyn's Finest) apparently Kane's passion and energy for the franchise helped make him perfect for the job.
Finally, Heat Vision also has word that David DiGilio, who came out of Disney's writers programs, will be the man behind the new script for the Tron Legacy sequel that's in the works. Originally Adam Horowitz & Adam Kitsis were slated to come back but apparently they're caught up in the new ABC fairytale series "Once Upon a Time" so a new screenwriter was needed. Since most of the criticism seemed to target the story and script, perhaps this will quiet the naysayers who weren't impressed with Tron Legacy. Of course, DiGilio has only written Eight Below previously along with a short lived series called "The Traveler," so I'm not convinced he's the right man for the job yet
Anyway, that film is still in very early in development, Joseph Kosinski isn't confirmed to return to direct yet either, and the performance of the Disney XD series "Tron Uprising" may influence whether or not it even comes together. All this news on writers is a lot of info to digest, but these are three big projects that will certainly be anticipated by audiences down the road. What do you guys make of all this news?