Joe Kosinski Opens Up About the Recent Tron Legacy Reshoots

September 27, 2010
Source: Collider

Joe Kosinski / Tron Legacy

A few of you may remember that back in early July, before we'd even been to Comic-Con to see any footage, that we ran a story about how Disney had brought in some of Pixar's best and brightest to take a very early look at Tron Legacy. And apparently after they saw it, they scheduled reshoots, which sadly most people immediately thought was a bad thing. But at a recent press event for Tron Legacy, director Joe Kosinski talked with Collider and explained what they're doing and why it's not that big of a deal. In fact, what they are doing is improving the film and making it a lot better, which isn't a bad thing by any means. Read on!

Here are the full quotes from Collider's interview where Kosinski addresses the concerns over the reshoots:

"I like to call it additional photography because it really was additional photography. We added about five or six minutes to the movie, most of it in the first 20 minutes. Most of the shooting was done to set up Sam a little bit better and to give him a little more context. A couple scenes were done to bring to the surface some of the themes of the movie and to show the relationship of Sam and his father a little more clearly. Some of it was just picking up visual effects plates and inserts that we just were never able to get when we first shot."

"All in all, it just amounts to a couple of minutes over a two-hour film, but it's those little details. Being able to go in surgically and touch little things just helped bring the movie to the next level. I think we were really strategic and smart in how we did it. It was nice to be able to have a whole cut of the movie to analyze. That's one of the benefits of having 18 months of post on this movie. We got to sit down and actually watch it and still have nine months left to say, 'All right, let's go tweak this, this and this, and remove this,' and it helped."

I like Kosinski's response and it's good to hear because I don't think there is anything we should be worried about. He's dead on saying that this extra time gives them the ability to tweak the movie to perfection. Yes, I've heard there were a few problems here and there, specifically involving Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn not being at his best, but I'm confident that they've since been able to improve the film and it's still my most anticipated movie left this year. And if you need any more to continue to keep you confident, here's another great quote from Kosinski: "Obviously, all the eye candy, the Light Cycle races and the Disc game is a blast, but it's those other parts of the film, that I think people aren't expecting, that I'm excited for them to see."

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no worries, I'm sure the film will do just fine. Just don't overhype!

Xerxex on Sep 27, 2010


I like what I'm hearing. And you know, Xerxex, I'd like this to be one of those movies where if it DOES get overhyped that it still blows people away. I suppose I just want this to succeed so much.

Cracky on Sep 27, 2010


@Cracky I hope you're right, that would be awesome! @Nethanel maybe...let hope!

Xerxex on Sep 27, 2010


Nethanel... It's Michael Bay. The term "better" doesn't really apply.

Trifid on Sep 27, 2010


I think that's very smart. Considering the actor playing Sam gone through shooting the entire movie, this will be great since now that he thoroughly knows the character at this point, he can perform as his peak at the 'true essence' of who Sam is BEFORE his transformation into 'the hero' you get what I'm saying.

Nick Sears on Sep 28, 2010

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