In case you haven’t heard, Disney’s Tomorrowland is kind of a box office failure, at least, in the eyes of a multi-billion dollar corporation. While most movies have the decency to go down quietly, Tomorrowland is taking Tron 3 with it. Disney’s already got the sci-fi market cornered thanks to the Marvel movies and Star Wars; the company doesn’t feel like risking anymore money on an unsure property. This is suckage of the highest order; while Tron: Legacy is far from a perfect film, it’s enthusiastic, full of heart, and an aesthetic masterpiece, so to see the world deprived of further adventures on the Grid seems like a cryin’ shame.
It’s not clear what, if any, force might put another quarter in Tron 3 and start it up again, but if there’s one thing that gets rich multimedia executives to take notice, it’s when random goobers on the internet write top ten lists, which is why I’ve put together the Top Ten Reasons Disney Needs to Revive Tron 3.
- The soundtrack by Daft Punk is some of their finest work. Feel free to listen to this while reading the rest of the article to set a digital ambiance. Given how strongly DP killed it with Tron: Legacy’s soundtrack, if we got a Tron 3 I wouldn’t be surprised to see these masked musicians return to serenade us with more of that dark, pulsating electronic sound.
- We’d get to learn more about Quorra. Quorra, the living/digital being, was one of the more compelling characters of Tron: Legacy (in spite of how little she actually got to do in the flick). She was curious about humanity, but awesomely awkward, and often mimicked the emotional reactions of others without fully understanding why. Plus she kicks a fair amount of ass, so hopefully a sequel would get to see her expanded to a more active role.
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- Cillian Murphy is all set to go as the bad guy. Thanks to a cameo at the beginning of Tron: Legacy, we’ve got a great actor poised to return as the full-fledged antagonist of the sequel.
- Tron’s themes of digital connectivity become more relevant with every passing moment. The original Tron came out decades ago, well before the internet was connecting the globe in a constant web of information and cat videos. Tron: Legacy is five years old at this point, and five years is a lifetime when you’re talking about modern computers; the internet of today is very different than the one of 2010, so it would be great to see how Tron 3 would address this progress.
- The creative team could learn from the strengths and weaknesses of Tron: Legacy to make something even more awesome. Tron: Legacy’s easy on the eyes and ears, but suffers from some pacing issues and underdeveloped characters.
- Maybe Sam Flynn would get to prove himself as a more interesting character. Garret Hedlund does what he can with the material, but outside of an infrequent snarky remark or look, the young Flynn is pretty dry.
We’d get more Jeff Bridges. The Bridge-man would presumably return for the third part of this trilogy, and, let’s face it, that dude is good in everything.
- Tron: Legacy is an aesthetic masterpiece. As I mentioned before, few movies manage to have such a striking and cohesive audiovisual style, but Tron: Legacy’s look and sound are unique. The bright, neon lights and contrasting dark colors of the Grid give the world a living, electronic look, and Daft Punk’s brilliant soundtrack enhances every moment with pulsing electronica.DISNEY! MORE TRON! MAKE IT HAPPEN!-Follow Alex on Twitter! Or not! It’s your call!