Details on a TRON 3 Teaser That Will Appear on the TRON: LEGACY DVD – Updated

     January 22, 2011


I’m among the defenders of Tron: Legacy.  Mostly because of the visuals (duh), but I think the filmmakers put a lot of interesting ideas up on screen, then failed to explore them fully.  Legacy does not live up to its full potential, but lays the groundwork for a great sequel.

We know that Disney always hoped to establish a franchise.  The studio commissioned a sequel script last April and is reportedly very close to an official greenlight.  (Not to mention the animated series Tron: Uprising on Disney XD.)  But the extent of Disney’s planning may surprise you.  A new report suggests that Disney already has a teaser for Tron 3 in the can, and it will appear as a Tron: Legacy DVD extra.  As long as you don’t mind spoilers for the teaser or Tron: Legacy, hit the jump for details.

[Update: There's a listing for "Additional Production Material" for the Tron: Legacy DVD that, if it is this teaser, adds a bit of intrigue to the story.  Details below]

AICN was contacted by someone who worked on the November shoot who indicates three scenes were filmed.

The first is between Bruce Boxleitner as Alan Bradley, and Dan Shor reprising his role from the original 1982 Tron (credited as “Popcorn co-worker” in the real world, “Ram” in The Grid).  Apparently Shor’s character ran the “Flynn Lives” campaign and is destroying the relevant data and files when Alan finds him.  Shor quips, “Why did Kevin give you the cool name?”  (As you probably know, Alan’s program name is “Tron.”)

The second features Olivia Wilde as Quorra.  She rides up to ENCOM on Sam’s Ducati and causes a stir when she reveals to the swarming press that she spoke to Kevin Flynn… yesterday.  (Wait a minute, didn’t Flynn sacrifice himself at the end of the movie, before Quorra made it out of The Grid?  Do you think maybe that wasn’t Jeff Bridges’ last appearance in the franchise that revolves around his character(s)?)

The third is the simplest — just text on screens — but perhaps the most loaded.  Edward Dillinger (played by Cillian Murphy in Tron: Legacy) and father Ed Dillinger (played by David Warner in the original Tron) enigmatically discuss how everything is coming together as they planned.

Given his stature, Murphy’s role in the film amounted to a glorified Easter egg, so you had to know his character would be featured in a teaser of this sort.  I don’t know exactly what the Dillinger family has planned, but it sure sounds like the catalyst for Tron 3.

[Update: Brendon Connelly over at Bleeding Cool did some digging, and found a listing for something called Disc Roars on the BBFC.  He deduces this is "more than likely to be the 'secret' teaser, and that Disc Roars is nothing but a smokescreen codename."  I'm not too familiar with the BBFC, but I always trust Brendans, even if they spell it with an "o-n."

Disc Roars is 2 minutes, 51 seconds and lists Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, and Olivia Wilde among the cast.  Wilde has a place in the three aforementioned scenes, but Bridges and Hedlund do not.  If Disc Roars is the teaser, than the scope may be even bigger than we first thought.  On the other hand, it could be something entirely unrelated -- a Tron: Legacy featurette or some kind of alternate footage that features the three stars.  Time will tell.]

If you’re up for another Tron film, check out our interview with director Joseph Kosinski in which he touches on what he’d like to see in a sequel.  As always, the comments section below is open for speculation.

Click over to AICN to see another awesome image.


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    • JLK3132

      I say this, some may not have liked Tron: Legacy for its plot etc. but the effects to me more than made up for that and if you watch it and think about it, they left easter eggs all the way through the movie for the sequel. This was just the dusting off of the Real sequel. To me, the kid who was running Encom is a vital part in the sequel. Him and Sam along with Quorra. Basically bringing her back to the real world opened Pandora’s Box the whole what if………

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  • Clark Kent

    None of that really sounds good….at all.

    •!/colliderbrendan Brendan Bettinger

      Do they sound like bad ideas? Or just trivial? I mean, if you measure against the normal standard of DVD extras…

  • Alan McCright

    Why is there a radio direction finder on the desk?

  • aaronsullivan

    Pretty cool to get these done in time for the Blu-ray.

    My estimation of TRON: Legacy matches this article almost exactly. I think a sequel could be great.

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  • IllusionOfLife

    Totally pumped! I really enjoyed TRON: Legacy, it had its faults, but I think Kosinski and company can do something incredible with TRON 3, now that they have the experience from Legacy under their belts.

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  • Christopher Johnson

    Other than the not-quite-as-photo-realistic-as-they-hyped “de-aging” process done on Bridges(which I can easily forgive, since it was a VFX issue and did not take away from the character or hurt the story), I actually had no problems at all with TRON LEGACY. It wasn’t the best film of the year, but it was probably the one I enjoyed the most.

    Bring on TRON 3!

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  • Richard

    I was wondering if people realized that Sam freeing the program at the beginning of Tron: Legacy was a metaphor for the whole first movie? Its just that seeing it in the real world happens faster and is more boring.

    • Richard

      I’ve heard people refer to it as just a prank. So I don’t think they appreciated it as much as they should have.

  • n

    srsly? I’ll be very surprised if they’ll do another film, Tron Legasy hasn’t been very successful in the Box Office, considering it cost over 290 million! Good luck to them! Hopefully the next Tron will be better ..

  • nick

    from what you say here, all I’m thinking is that these scenes are additional scenes that were filmed&never made it in the film, like additional back up stories; on what do you base your belief that it’s a teaser for Tron 3; sorry if you’ve explaned somehow&I didn’t get it, english is not my first language

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  • Andy247

    No more Tron, I was seriously let down by the plot holes and poor scripting in Legacy, particularly in the second half and have no desire to see them ruin the reputation of the original any further.

    Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

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  • Stina

    Ok, I bought the Tron:Legacy 3-D blu-ray disc set, and I did NOT see a clip of Quorra going to encom…I didn’t see a clip with Quorra at all. Is there a code to access this video clip? Or is it just a rumor…

  • Storey662

    All of the people hatin on tron should just stay away from this part of the site. Tron was a First of all, i think tron was a great movie, and that all the people who disnt enjoy it should juat stay away from this part of the website. I’m actually watching it for the second time right now, and I must say, aside from the whole making Flynn look younger part, I thought everything was just great!! I don’t really know what “holes in the plot” everyone is talking about. The story makes complete sense to me. I didn’t see the first movie though. But, I also think that, since the sequel hasn’t come until twenty something years later, they couldn’t incorporate a ton of stuff from the plot of the first film, because then the people watching it today wouldn’t understand it, wouldn’t follow it, so to speak. Overall, I think it’s a great movie, and I think a tron three would be absolutely spectacular. Just think, if the movie takes two years to make, just imagine how much better the graphics and effects on the third one could be!! Hell, we could all be watching it from inside the grid by that time! You never know!!