The original movie Tron directed by Steven Lisberger, was an “almost” film.
It “almost” had the technology to pull off the visual effects that were central to the story of the hero “Flynn” and his journey into the digital dimension of the computer game. The film probably did better in the arcade than the big screen, but the idea was a good one.
Fast forward to today and Disney are capitalising on the success in the ’80’s with the sequel utilizing the latest technology.
On July 24, 2009 Disney showed test footage of the Tron sequel (Tron Legacy) to San Diego Comic Con attendees. Lost writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz wrote the script. Jeff Bridges will reprise his role as Kevin Flynn, while Garrett Hedlund will portray Sam Flynn. Other cast members include Bruce Boxleitner, Olivia Wilde, Beau Garrett, and John Hurt. It was also announced that electronic music duo Daft Punk will compose the score to the film. According to Disney:
“Sam Flynn (GARRETT HEDLUND), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (JEFF BRIDGES), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (OLIVIA WILDE), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.”
With the new production techniques, Daft Punk AND it being in 3D it should attract the attention it deserves from a whole new audience as well as some of us that remember the first effort.
So retro it rocks…!