TRON 3 “delivers on TRON: Legacy” says Joseph Kosinski

Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski discusses Empire Strikes Back influence on TRON 3

The iconic light cycle in Tron: Legacy

TRON 3 will deliver on what TRON: Legacy set up, promises Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski, who has cited The Empire Strikes Back as the inspiration for his latest TRON sequel.

“The TRON sequel is still in early stages, it’s still in the script stage,” he told SciFiNow exclusively. “So I can’t say if and when that would go into production but the fundamental idea of the movie is something I’m very excited about, it delivers on the ideas that we set up in Legacy, especially at the end in the last five minutes, so that one is a work in progress.”

The Oblivion director has been quoted as saying the classic Star Wars sequel would be a touchstone for TRON 3, and he told us that it is the chance to dive straight into the story that has him itching to get started.

“That’s what excites me about it,” he enthuses.”Even though Legacy was technically a sequel, because it was 30 years later we really had to do a lot of heavy lifting with a lot of backstory and establish all new characters, so it really was a foundation building movie.

“What was really exciting to me about a sequel to that, like in Empire, is that you can pick up the story mid-stride and just be off to the races from the opening frame because there already is an understanding between you and the audience about what story you’re telling and who the characters are. And to me that’s what’s exciting about that, is being able to expand on that world in that way.”

Director Joseph Kosinski on the set of Oblivion
Director Joseph Kosinski on the set of Oblivion

Kosinski is also attached to the remake of the Disney classic The Black Hole, but clearly the world of TRON is one that he’s not ready to let go of. “For me it’s always about finding an idea or a world that’s compelling enough that I want to disappear into it for three years,” he tells us.

“A lot of filmmaking is a lot of hard work, it’s getting up early, it’s standing on sets for 16 hours, it’s drinking bad coffee, it’s working through problems, and you need something really inspiring to drive through all of that, so for me it’s all about looking for ‘What is that idea, what is that concept that I just can’t get out of my head that I’ve become slightly obsessive with?'”

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