We’re still bummed about Disney’s decision to pull the plug on TRON 3 in the eleventh hour, but it sounds like star Bruce Boxleitner has had enough of the emotional roller coaster.
Boxleitner — who played and voiced Tron in the original 1980s film, 2010’s TRON: Legacy and the 2012 TRON: Uprising animated series — chatted with /Film at the Television Critics Association press tour about the aborted project. The actor said he “[doesn't] really care anymore,” adding he is “done with it” in regard to the franchise. Considering the studio pulled the plug just as they were getting ready to enter production, it’s hard to blame Boxleitner for being upset.
It’s a shame, but it’s understandable. Beyond his frustration, Boxleitner had quite a bit to say about Disney’s decision to ax the beloved sci-fi franchise. He pointed to the recent push into live-action versions of animated classics, and bankable comic-book fare from Marvel, as the likely reason the studio was reticent to move ahead with more Tron:
“I’m always about looking forward, but I thought TRON was the one thing that would keep going forward because we’re living it. It’s not like going back and revisiting, trying to remake the original like everything else does. Everything is reboot, reboot, reboot. Obviously there’s something politically within but I know that they were in preproduction heavily. I know that the options for Olivia [Wilde] and Garrett [Hedlund] were picked up. That was all public knowledge, [reported in] The Hollywood Reporter. I’ve got a feeling they’re going to play it safe with their old [formula].
I mean, Tim Burton’s doing Dumbo. They’re going to make live-action out of their old animated classics. Apparently, that was successful. They also have Star Wars. Let’s not neglect that, and Marvel. Maybe they just felt they had enough of that sci-fi. We were the only real science fiction. Star Wars is fantasy, sword and sorcery fantasy with a spaceship. Marvel is superhero comics. Star Wars, yes, is science fiction. There’s fantasy elements as well, but Marvel is not. It’s comic books. It’s really not sci-fi. It’s not thinking science fiction. Maybe they decided they don’t want to do science fiction.”
Again, Boxleitner makes some good points. But, from Disney’s perspective, it’s hard to argue with sticking to a formula that has proven to make mountains of money with minimal risk. What do you think? Did Disney makes the right call pulling the plug?