Tron: Legacy released in late 2010 brought with it an impressive $200 million budget and production values on screen reflecting that level of investment. Despite high anticipation for the sequel which was released almost a whopping thirty years after the original, the film didn’t quite set the box office on fire though it did perform reasonably well bringing in approximately $400 million world wide from its theatrical run.
The studio appeared to be left feeling less then enthusiastic about jumping straight into a third film however that didn’t prevent development on an animated series set in the Tron universe called Tron Uprising, which is due to wrap up its twelve episode first season in the states on 17th December.
During 2011 Disney looked to David DiGilio for writing duties on a third Tron feature film, DiGilio’s previous works weren’t extensive, they include the screenplay for Eight Below, starring Paul Walker and Jason Biggs a well as several episodes of the TV series Traveler. Interestingly DiGilio completed Disney’s writers program so it makes sense he’d receive some level of consideration for potential Disney projects. Despite this initial work however Disney remained reluctant to move on the project with any sense of urgency.
Since DiGillio’s work on Tron 3 it seems that studio interest in the franchise has increased again (likely to be at least partially due to the success of Tron: Uprising), and now Jesse Wigutow will be taking over writing details from the earlier work that DiGilio has done. Wigutow’s written works are fairly limited so far including most recently a direct to TV film titled ‘The Prince’ which was released in 2006.
Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinki is attached to direct the third installment, and while there have been no clear announcements on what direction the story may take it has been previously suggested that the story of Quorra played by Olivia Wilde would continue, and that Cillian Murphy’s character (Edward Dillinger) would feature more prominently.
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