Disney have recently announced a Tron animated series designed to help fill in the gaps between the original film ‘Tron’ and the sequel ‘Tron: Legacy’ due to be released during December 2010. As reported over at slashfilm the series will likely begin life as a ten part micro series before Disney further commits to possible full seasons.
By the sounds of the announcement any ‘Tron’ episodes won’t be able to be seen before the release of ‘Tron: Legacy’ with a release tentatively set for the second half of 2011. Comingsoon reported some further background in terms of the plot. Following the events of the first film a young program by the name of ‘Beck’ leads a revolution from within the computer world. ‘Beck’ is mentored, and trained by ‘Tron’ who is considered the greatest warrior the grid has ever seen, as ‘Beck’ seeks to overthrow the reign of ‘Clu’ and his henchman ‘General Tesla’.
The series will be called ‘Tron: Uprising’ and currently has a voice casts attached that includes Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, and Lance Henriksen.
With 28 years between releases, and from what would appear in the ‘Tron: Legacy’ previews to be a significant number of years between the events of the two Tron films, there is plenty of story scope for the ‘Tron: Uprising’ series to explore. Without being too specific the story details above already have me interested and forming my own theories regarding who some of the characters are that we’ve seen in the ‘Tron: Legacy’ footage released so far.
If you’ve not had the chance to watch the 1982 film, make sure you do so before seeing ‘Tron: Legacy’ next month, the original was ahead of its time.