Despite the cult following for Joseph Kosinski‘s aesthetically gorgeous Tron: Legacy, it’s sub par box office haul turned producers away from the idea of a third film in the franchise (and yes, $400 million at the box office can be considered ‘sub par’ in some circles).
Despite that, the possibility of a third film remains. Kosinski recently mentioned that the sequel isn’t dead, just in “cryogenic freeze”, waiting for the right time. Kosinski mentioned that Tron: Legacy was made at a time when Disney “didn’t own everything” and pondered whether they’d now consider making a third film when its box office return likely wouldn’t match those of Star Wars or Marvel films.
He did, however, expand on what the potential plot would focus on in the film. The film was originally intended to be title Tron: Ascension, and per Kosinski it would have been:
“…an invasion movie from inside the machine coming out as opposed to one we’ve usually seen […] but the idea for Ascension was a movie that was, the first act was in the real world, the second act was in the world of TRON, or multiple worlds of TRON, and the third act was totally in the real world”.
That admittedly sounds pretty great, though despite the possibility of a third film remaining alive, we’ll have to simply keep our fingers crossed that Kosinski gets the greenlight to go ahead. With its exceptional cinematography and memorable Daft Punk soundtrack, Tron: Legacy has had a solid shelf life despite its ‘lackluster’ box office numbers, so demand for another film might be higher than Disney expects.
Until then, Kosinski is set to release Granite Mountain, which tells the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of firefighters who faced one of the deadliest wildfires in history in order to save the small town of Yarnell in Arizona.
The film will star Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connolly, Miles Teller and Josh Brolin, hitting cinemas on Friday, September 22. Daft Punk, sadly, aren’t expected to be on the soundtrack.