Following news that Jared Leto was circling a potential reboot of Disney’s 1982 sci-fi movie Tron, the Blade Runner 2049 actor has now confirmed his involvement in the project, but clarifies it's still in its “early days.”
In an interview with Collider promoting director Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, Leto revealed that yes, he is involved in a new Tron film. “It was a huge movie for me […] and I do think there’s so much potential in that world,” Leto said. “There so much left to be said. I’m absolutely game to try to help in any way that I can bring that to life.” The Oscar-winning actor added that: “It’s something that we’re in discussions about and very much looking forward to bringing to reality. It’s very early days, though.”
The possibility of a third Tron movie has been floating around since Tron: Legacy, released in 2012 to the tune of $400 million at the box office. Filmmaker Joseph Kosinski (who directed Legacy) was all set to helm the third film, titled Tron: Ascension, but Disney pushed the pause button on returning to The Grid following its acquisitions of Marvel and Lucasfilm, reportedly because Tron: Legacy did not actually perform the way the House of Mouse had hoped. It did all right but paled in comparison to a Marvel film or Star Wars, that is.
Back in March, The Hollywood Reporter stated that the new Tron would not be a direct sequel to Tron: Legacy but would be built “out of the source code of the deleted Tron 3 script.” There’s no writer or director attached as of yet, but in the new film Leto would play a character named Ares, who was an important player in the Tron: Ascension script but has yet to appear on screen.
Set to produce is Tron: Legacy co-producer Justin Springer, with Leto and his producing partner, Emma Ludbrook, involved in some producing capacity as well if the movie is a go. No word either if any of the other Tron actors -- Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, Garrett Hedlund, or Olivia Wilde -- will return.
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