Garrett Hedlund and Joseph Kosinki Returning For The ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Of Tron Movies
Garrett Hedlund was naturally a lock for the next Tron sequel after the reasonable success of Tron: Legacy, but now we have word that director Joseph Kosinki will be returning as well. Not only that, but Kosinki has made some bold claims about upping the sequel to an “Empire Strikes Back” level, expanding both the scale and awesomeness of Tron’s world. Read on below for Kosinki’s explanation.
While speaking with Collider, Kosinki confirmed that yes, he is returning, and yes, it will be spectacular:
“Well the only reason to go back, for me and I think for anyone involved would be if we could do something truly spectacular. We’ve been talking about it for a couple years and there’s always been this idea, a big idea, in the back of my head that we’ve been talking about. The idea itself, the notion of what the next Tron could be, is exciting enough that it would be worth going back to do it. Obviously we hinted some things at the end of Legacy, it’s kind of there for people to see what that potential is. So we just want to make sure that we have a script that delivers on that promise on an epic scale.”
Of course, the end of Tron: Legacy brought Quorra (Olivia Wilde) out into the real world, so does that mean the next sequel could be a grand Tron/real world crossover? This is where Kosinki makes his Empire Strike Back claim, as in taking the story and character to a whole new level of awesome, as opposed to taking them to Hoth:
“I’ve said it would have to be our Empire Strikes Back for me to come back and for me to pull the whole team back together. I think we do have that idea. We do have the idea that feels big and really blows the doors off this franchise. It’s hinted at promises of something for two movies now, for thirty years, so it’s time to deliver on that. But the script’s got to be at a level that makes it worth going back for, because it’s a lot of work to make a movie like this and it’s a multi-year project. So we’ve got our writer Jesse Wigutow on it right now writing, and fingers crossed if it all comes together, as we hope it will, there could be another Tron in the next few years, and it’s going to be awesome.”
Indeed, Jesse Wigutow is currently working on a script re-write, which appears to be working for the studio, given Kosinki and Garrett Hedlund’s optimism. Kosinki goes on to state that a possible sequel would be a fresh, new, and real-time story, in that it won’t re-use elements from Tron: Legacy and keep in step with each year that passes:
“I don’t want to say too much about it but the goal would not be to simply re-use. We’re not going to re-use the assets from Legacy, that’s no fun. If we’re going to do to it we’re going to re-invent all over again and it’s going to be a whole new generation for reasons that are very story-driven. That’s all I can say…I think time has passed. It feels like we’re kind of real-time in step. So however much time has passed since Legacy came out would also have transpired in the real world. So it will still be contemporary. So let’s say if the Tron sequel comes out in 2015, then four or five years have passed since the last movie.”
If you made it through all that, congratulations, but it still leaves many questions unanswered. Namely: if Hedlund is returning, what is Olivia Wilde’s place in the sequel? Will Jeff Bridges, the patriarch of the series, be returning? What about Daft Punk? Is there any truth to the Cillian Murphy rumours either?
If Kosinki’s next film, Oblivion, which just released a bangin’ new trailer, does well in its release, expect the Tron: Legacy sequel to be fast-tracked, and many of those questions to be answered shortly. Let’s just hope we end up with an Empire Strikes Back-caliber sequel, as opposed to an Attack of the Clones…