TR2N News Roundup

For a sequel to a 26-year old film that is still technically in development, there certainly was a brief flurry of activity surrounding Tr2n the last 24 hours, with two different stories breaking on the project.

Following the unveiling of a teaser trailer this past summer at the San Diego ComicsCon for the project, news about the followup to 1982’s groundbreaking film Tron has been scarce. But now, in an interview that ran last week which everyone seems to have just discovered, Tron star Jeff Bridges told London’s The Guardian of his hopes for the upcoming project-

[TRON 2 is] another unique, wild experience that was too good to turn down. Engaging in that world again feels just like it did all that time ago. Basically, I’m still a child, I love being childlike, and here was another chance to play with these crazy toys. And the cutting-edge technology makes it exciting. Doing the teaser trailer for Comic-Con, I had my first experience of motion capture. And that’s turning the industry on its head. It’s amazing being part of that… When we made Tron there was no internet, no cellphones. But now we have motion capture, so I think we’ll get a far more successful version of the story, which is someone literally getting sucked into a video game. When we did King Kong in the 70s, one minute you’d have a shot of Rick Baker in this big suit and then you’d cut to this 80ft stiff model, and they looked nothing alike. Compare to that Peter Jackson’s King Kong the technology is there and they did a wonderful job. I thought they created a beautiful Kong. So I hope that’ll be the same for Tron.

Meanwhile, AintItCoolNews‘ Beaks had an encounter with Tr2n‘s director Joseph Kosinski this weekend, who passed on a few details about the film. To bullet point them-

  • The ComicCon teaser was shot in stereoscopic 3D as will the film be.
  • Tron’s writer/director creator Steven Lisberger is involved with the film on a consultancy level.
  • Michael Wilkinson, fresh off of Watchmen, is officially joining the production this week as costume designer.
  • Shooting the film will be a “twenty-four month process” and Kosinski hopes to have the end result in theaters by the end of 2010.

Well, if Kosinski plans on the film to take a solid two years to make but wants to get it in theaters by the end of 2010, production better ramp up to high gear relatively soon. I’m intrigued to see what they have in mind in this revisit to the world inside our computers.

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A film fan since he first saw that Rebel Blockade Runner fleeing the massive Imperial Star Destroyer at the tender age of 8 and a veteran freelance journalist with twenty years experience writing about film and pop culture.
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