The game will only end if you’re off the grid. Unfortunately, the plug has been pulled instead.
The third installment of the famed “Tron” franchise was originally set to be directed by Joseph Kosinski, with Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund reprising their respective roles. However, sources told TheWrap that Disney has decided to shut down the sequel.
Earlier in April, it seemed as though Disney had already greenlit the project, which will begin filming this fall in Canada. Jared Leto and Olivia Munn were courted to co-star in the big-budget sequel, even though the studio hadn’t offered them a deal. Before the project could even move forward, the studio decided to cancel the movie as Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland” underperformed at the box office during the opening week. The movie, which was made for $180 million, only grossed $42.7 million last weekend.
Hedlund starred in 2010’s “Tron: Legacy” as Sam, the son of Jeff Bridges’ character, Kevin Flynn. Wilde starred as Quorra, an algorithm-made-flesh who helps Sam on his journey to find his father. Though the movie grossed $400 million worldwide and garnered a huge cult following, Disney didn’t see it as a huge hit as the merchandise didn’t sell well. After the failure of “Tomorrowland”, Disney executives may have not wanted to expose the studio to another financial risk.
The loyal fanbase has since created a Change.org petition to revive “Tron 3”.
Instead, the studio would rather focus on developing live-action remakes of its animated classics as last year’s “Maleficent” was a box office success, as well as this year’s “Cinderella“. The animated classics that will be made into live-action versions include:
- The Jungle Book
- Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass
- Beauty and the Beast
- Winnie the Pooh
What do you think of Disney’s decision on the cancellation? Do you think the studio should go ahead and take the risk anyway? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.