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The Return of Tron

There’s a Tron remake in the works. :

Commercial director Joseph Kosinski is in final negotiations to develop and direct Tron, described as “the next chapter” of Disney’s 1982 cult SF classic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sean Bailey is producing via the Live Planet banner, as is Steven Lisberger, who co-wrote and directed the original film.

Kosinski, who last month signed on to helm the remake of Logan’s Run for Warner Brothers, will oversee the visual development of the project and have input on the script, which is being written by Lost writers Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Story details are being kept secret.

This is all well and good. But what the world really wants to know is what Tron Guy thinks.

Note: Giving Tron Guy link love is the least I could do after he so expertly put me in my place a couple of years ago. Here’s to you, Tron Guy!

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7 Comments on The Return of Tron

  1. As a rule I’m against re-makes, but I think Tron could be made more interesting with current CGI effects. Plus we have a whole lot more public knowledge of VR worlds thanks to years of references in TV and movies at this point than they had back then, so the usable vocabulary is larger.

    I’m also kind of interested in the Logan’s Run re-make since I’d been going through the TV series recently in my blog. And grabbed the Marvel comics version because of it. Now I just need to hunt down the trilogy of novels.

  2. I think a remake could be done – but the look of the world inside the computer should NOT be “updated”. The original design, primitive though it may be to kids who grew up on Doom and Halo, conveys the alienness of the world far better than any “updated” CGI would.

    Modern graphics techniques can (and certainly will) be used to speed up production, but if they don’t fight off the temptation to “update” the look, they’ll lose the soul of the story.

    I’m sure they’ll update the story itself. Flynn’s video arcade, and the ENCOM mainframe, are both dated; huge video arcades have gone the way of the dinosaur, and while the mainframe certainly is not dead (or even dying), it’s not seen as cool any more.

    What they’ll actually do with the story, and the graphics, will tell whether the result will be great, or suck. Hollywood has shown that it *can* screw up an anvil, but it can also make films that take the breath away. Which will we wind up with? My crystal ball isn’t that good.

    Do I want to be in it? Does it snow in Minnesota in January?

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  4. joshua corning // September 12, 2007 at 7:05 pm //

    who knows….the new Battle Star Galactica ended up being cool (Even the reported lackluster shine of season 3 was infinitely better then season 2 of the original and at least marginally better then the the original’s first)…Tron 2.0 has the same chances.

  5. The original Tron was an amazing film. Sure, the technical concepts are dated by today’s standards, but the metaphysical issues raised are still fresh food for thought.

    As to the prospect of a remake/sequel/whatever, I’m alternately hopeful and terrified. Trying to reserve judgement until there’s something to actually be judgmental about.

  6. joshua corning // September 13, 2007 at 7:24 pm //

    Actually Tron kind of sucked…the graphics were cool but the plot, acting and dialog is only good in a campy kind of way.

  7. People slam the acting in Tron unjustly, I think. When I asked Cindy Morgan about it, her reply was that they were playing computer programs and weren’t supposed to be emotional. That makes sense to me.

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