After 10 long years, Disney is finally moving forward with its next installment in the Tron franchise. After taking that decade to figure out what it wants to do with the franchise, Disney has reportedly tapped Lion director Garth Davis to direct the movie starring Jared Leto. The news was first reported by Deadline.
The most recent draft of the script has been written by Jesse Wigutow. Leto will also be producing, along with Emma Ludbrook and Justin Springer.
Leto’s involvement isn’t new. The actor has been attached to the Tron franchise ever since Tron: Legacy. Director Joseph Kosinski revealed in 2017 he had plans to put Leto in a scene in that movie, but it was ultimately scrapped. His comments lined up with the long-swirling rumors of a third movie led by Leto, titled Tron: Ascension. Whether or not that will ultimately be this new movie’s title remains to be seen. It’s also unclear if this project is planned as a reboot or a sequel to Legacy, but it would appear it’s the natural evolution of that rumored Ascension project.
As for Davis, this may seem like a bit of a strange project for him. The filmmaker is best known for his indie projects, like his critically-acclaimed directorial debut Lion, which was nominated for six Oscars, and 2018’s Mary Magdalene. This Tron movie will be his first big-budget film and only the third feature film he’s ever directed. But Davis reportedly lobbied Disney execs hard for the role before eventually winning them over. It indicates that Davis has a clear vision for the movie and the direction of the franchise and that Disney sees the story moving in the right direction.
The original 1982 film, starring Jeff Bridges, told the story of a computer hacker getting kidnapped and trapped inside a computer program called the Grid, where he was forced to participate in gladiatorial games. It was commercially unsuccessful but gained a cult following in the years after. Tron: Legacy, the 2010 sequel-reboot starring Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde, was far more successful, bringing in just over $400 million globally, but Disney floundered figuring out where to take the story next and plans for a third installment were scrapped until now.
However, it should be stressed that this new Tron movie hasn’t been officially greenlit yet. The film is still in development. Still, with Davis coming on board, it’s an indication that it’s moving closer to finally happening. We’ll keep you updated as more news develops.