We’ve been talking Tron 3 ever since TRON: Legacy hit theaters back in December 2010, but it wasn’t until last month that it started to seem like a third installment would actually happen. First a rumor surfaced claiming that the film might go into production in the fall in Vancouver, then a Production Weekly tweet specified an early October start and then after that we found out that Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde were expected to reprise their roles. All good news, but none of it has been confirmed by Disney or any of the folks involved, until now.
While talking to Wilde for the world premiere of Meadowland at the Tribeca Film Festival, she confirmed that she’s also heard that the movie will begin shooting in Vancouver in October:
“You know, I’ve heard the same. I think there’s a lot of people really excited to make it happen within Disney and in the world, and we’ve been dreaming of making it since we finished Legacy so I would be thrilled.”
Even though it’s taken the Tron team nearly five years to get another movie going, Wilde stressed that they’ve been interested in making another film ever since finishing up Legacy. The only problem has been finding the right story:
“The delay has only ever been story, finding the right story. It hasn’t been anything else. There’s never been a time where we wanted to go and then schedules got in the way. It’s only been like, ‘That’s not the right story.’ So, in the past year, the right story kind of came together and we felt, ‘Oh, this actually – this might be the right one to tell.’ And, you know, there’s still a lot to be done before it could actually happen, but the fact that there’s a goal of this year to start is really exciting.”
So clearly they’ve got a promising story idea, but does that mean they’ve got a script, too? Here’s what Wilde said when asked if she’s read one:
“I have, I have.”
At the end of Legacy, Sam and Quorra leave the grid and wind up in the real world, so when asked what she’s looking forward to most in the film to come, it’s no surprise that Wilde noted that she’s especially thrilled to bring her character into new territory:
“I love this character of Quorra so much and I’ve built her with Joe Kosinski and we took her such a long way from what was written to what we made. I mean, I fought for her to be this kind of androgynous child and that’s so not what you typically see in these movies, so I’m so grateful that the producers let me play with her and make her this strange little being. And I’m really excited to see what happens to that character when put into the real world. I think it’s an interesting concept. I’m fascinated by all discussions of AI, and especially now today and now with virtual reality becoming something that’s like a personal device, I think it’s the time to tell this story.”
Again, Disney has yet to confirm that the film is actually happening, but Wilde certainly makes it seem like the studio and everyone involved is eager to get going. Hopefully we’ll get an official announcement and perhaps a release date in the near future.