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!
Reader Feedback - 19 Comments
Awesome! Can't wait for it to come out!
dee on Oct 6, 2008
I liked the story of the TRON 2.0 video game. I know this movie probably won't follow it, but if it's anything like it, I'm sure it will be at least watchable and probably worth the theater experience.
Colin Dean on Oct 6, 2008
A couple of years back Disney Interactive released a video game called Tron 2.0: Killer App. It was meant as a sequel to the 1982 cult classic. Jeff Bridges' character was actually the uncle of the game's main character. I wonder if they'll even go down that route or just start up a new story from scratch. Oh yeah, and here's to hoping that they release this on IMAX 3-D!!!
Frost on Oct 6, 2008
Hmm, he mentions 'motion capture', I wonder if they plan to shoot all of the computerworld stuff like this and ditch the actors faces while filming it...creating those in CG, I can't remember how the teaser looked, as far as I rember that stuff looked real/greenscreen. Anyone know anything about this? I really like Tron & Jeff Bridges, could be great - with a great script that is..
Napoleon Dynamite on Oct 6, 2008
Ugh, I hate to do it, but I can't help myself: "I, for one, welcome our new MCP overlords." Ok, now that I'm done with that: I think the coolest part of the teaser trailer is that there's something vaguely unsettling about the whole thing, and it does a perfect job of making the viewer say "what the hell is going on here?". I can't wait to see this in theaters, and if the actual trailers look as cool as the teaser did I might even camp out for it. This could be big. Star Wars big. Matrix big.
Peter on Oct 6, 2008
He's not 58 58, he's Hollywood 58. That's like 38 for us mere mortals. 😛
kevjohn on Oct 6, 2008
ok...so how can I watch this trailer both online and n the big screen? Is it playing with some movie?
ERivas on Oct 6, 2008
Wait, is it even legal to hot link the words "teaser trailer" in a Tron 2 article and NOT provide said teaser trailer? False advertising! (I'm kidding.) Still, I hate you. (Kidding.)
dRailer on Oct 6, 2008
The fuck when are we gonna see this damn trailer man? ITS OUR TRAILER AND WE NEED IT NOW!
Kail on Oct 6, 2008
Look...just get me that Chinese language file I asked for. End of line.
Andre on Oct 6, 2008
With the right story and a great script, this could be fantastic. I also want to know when that cool-looking teaser is going to be released officially, even if it was only an in-house presentation.
avoidz on Oct 6, 2008
Nothing says gimmick, like Tron2, in 3D. Pass.
firstname.lastname@example.org on Oct 7, 2008
werdnafaz on Oct 7, 2008
Kidding? With that imagery it'd be terrific!
avoidz on Oct 7, 2008
Ira Owens on Oct 9, 2008
@15... That's an old link, sorry to say. Seen already.
avoidz on Oct 9, 2008
I for one cannot wait to see this movie. I still have the original on Laserdisc and the special DVD edition! I thought Tron was a movie ahead of its time, and that inspired me to enter into information Technology Field. Jeff Bridges rocks!!!!
James on Oct 31, 2008
The imagery of the TRON universe is great, of course. But I want a decent story and a great script, otherwise it's a pointless technical exercise with no re-watch factor.
avoidz on Nov 1, 2008
Hopefully they may make a STARMAN sequel too. I love Jeff Bridges. I even wrote a script for this back in 1998. BH email@example.com
brad hansen on Jul 23, 2009
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