After debating whether or not to move forward with Tron 3, Disney is gearing up for a third movie in the franchise.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed today that the studio is in the early stages of working on a version of the third installment, but it will not be a direct sequel. Instead, the movie will be based on the concept of the film’s early script. According to the Reporter, Suicide Squad star Jared Leto is being eyed for the main role.
Tron 3 has been in development purgatory for quite some time, but it started out strong. In 2012, Tron: Legacy co-writer Alan Horowitz confirmed a script was in development, and by December of the same year, multiple people working on the project had given interviews about the sequel. Director Joseph Kosinski told Collider that month the film would “blow the doors off the franchise.”
Nothing much else was said in 2013 and 2014, which probably should have been the first sign that the film was in trouble. By May 2015, Disney confirmed it had pulled the plug on the project. The studio also revealed that at the time, it was interested in working with Leto on the film.
Fast forward to 2017 and it appears Disney might get its wish after all. Leto hasn’t officially signed onto the project, but the actor is apparently in negotiations with the studio. At this time, the film doesn’t have a writer or director attached to it.
The last Tron movie, Tron: Legacy, was released in 2010 and grossed more than $400 million worldwide. The first film was released in 1982.