Tron 3 is not only happening – with starĀ Garrett Hedlund back on the lightcycle and Eragon screenwriter Jesse Wigutow at the script -Ā but has been on the cards for some time, series star Bruce Boxleitner exclusively told SciFiNow.
āAt the San Diego Comic Con, the two writers made a formal announcement that it is in development ā and it is, it has been for a long time,ā Boxleitner said. āDisney has a big, full slate in there, and getting the entire creative team back together will, you know, that will determine when. Itās not an if; itās a when.ā
With Boxleitner playing the key characters of Tron and Alan Bradley – not just in the original 1982 movie and its recent sequel, but the critically acclaimed Tron: Uprising animated series – we ask if he expects to return for Tron 3.
āI do. I think Alan Bradley is a very important character, as well as Tron, certainly. With one you get the other. Iām very excited about its prospects.ā
Tron: Legacy made a solid $400 million for Disney at the box office, but its biggest success may have come in merchandise sales, where it was the number one shipped toy property of 2010. In other words, the geek crowd is keeping Tron healthy.
āThey know thereās a good base out there,ā Boxleitner continues. āIt didnāt do Avatar numbers, but what does? At the end of the day, itās all about the business and what kind of money things make, but Tron is a steady moneymaker for them. Who knows, anything could happen.ā
Boxleitner was the first to declare Tronās third picture, for which director Joseph Kosinski is expected to return after finishing sci-fi movieĀ Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise.
āI got in trouble, because I was caught on YouTube saying āItās a done deal!ā I remember talking to one of the executive producers later and I said, āOh gosh, Justin [Springer], I mouthed off for some interview, and now they have me all over YouTube saying Tron: The Next Movie is a definite thingā. He said, āItās OK, I was with the head of production and we were laughing watching this.ā He showed him, and he went, āI guess weāll have to make this now because Tron said so.ā So I think thatās kind of funny. I think, optimistically, that yes, there will be [a sequel].ā
We ask the actor if heād reprise his dual roles on the big screen. āIf they want me,ā Boxleitner says, āI am there.ā