Disney Hired Pixar’s Brad Bird and Michael Arndt to Write Pages for June TRON: LEGACY Re-Shoots

     July 13, 2010


As Disney positions Tron: Legacy as the major tentpole of the holiday season, the studio wanted to make sure they utilized all available to make the film something special.  Enter Ratatouille writer/director Brad Bird and Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt.  Disney had scheduled Tron re-shoots for June to beef up “character, emotion, and theme.”  In preparation, the studio screened a very early working cut of the film for Brad, Arndt, and fellow Pixar colleagues John Lasseter and Ed Catmull.  Subsequently, Disney hired Arndt and Bird to write some pages in collaboration with original writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Lost) for the re-shoots, which lasted six days.  More after the jump:

Tron_Legacy_movie_posterDisney President of Production Sean Bailey remarked,

“Tron is very much [director] Joe Kosinski’s vision, a vision which is thrilling to me and I hope is thrilling to the fans.  What I give Joe and the filmmaking team immense credit for, is this was all born out of how do we give the fans the best movie we can. We were very fortunate that Pixar wanted to play a part in it.”  [EW]

Darn right.  As endless critical adoration has suggested, the folks working up north at Pixar Studios are a fantastic group of creative minds to have on hand.  As long as Disney doesn’t bump into the “too many cooks” theory, I would imagine Arndt and Bird are great script doctors.

Notably, it doesn’t sound like this is the last instance of intermingling between Disney if Bailey has his way.  To wit:

“Certainly being able to have an open dialogue with our formidable partners in Pixar, Marvel, and Dreamworks is really interesting to me.”

A hypothetical Pixar/Marvel collaboration did not go unheralded upon the announcement of Disney’s $4 billion acquisition of Marvel; I hope we see the fruits of that relationship in the near future.

All in all, it sounds like we’re in for a treat when Tron: Legacy hits 3D theaters on December 17, 2010.

For more on Tron: Legacy:

A video blog of Steve’s set visit

Jeff Bridges On Set Interview

Steven Lisberger On Set Interview

Garrett Hedlund On Set Interview

  • http://www.chrislangford.com Chris

    Awesome news. And I think you mean December 17th, 2010, not 2011. No way in hell I'm waiting another year to see this; I'd break into Disney if I had to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Hart/100001050843193 Jennifer Hart

    TRON Legacy is going to be incredible. I think it's VERY cool that Pixar worked on the movie. It'll make it that much better. I'm very much looking forward to the TRON Legacy panel and am hoping that they make sure to include Cindy Morgan (Lora Baines Bradley) as a special guest. Her appearance at the Wondercon viral event was a lot of fun & the fans loved seeing her promote TRON Legacy.

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  • MCP

    Disney better not fuck this up or their will be hell to pay.

    End of Line

  • Mike

    Rewrites are always a bad sign. Looks like Tron Legacy's story may be just as muddled as the first one's.

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