With development on a new Tron sequel stalled, it seems Disney is looking to reboot the world of The Grid instead.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is in the very early stages of exploring a potential reboot for the classic sci-fi franchise. Jared Leto (Suicide Squad) is in talks to star, though we don't have any context in regards to his potential role. This is apparently not the Tron: Ascension project that has been stalled for the past few years but instead an all-new take on the Tron story.
But that doesn't mean there won't be some connections to the old guard. Justin Springer (Oblivion), who co-produced Tron: Legacy, is attached to produce the proposed reboot if it moves forward. Assuming Leto signs on, he will also have a producing role on the project. No writer has apparently been hired as of yet, and it sounds like any story plans are still extremely preliminary.
Disney has been hesitant to green-light a new sequel in the Tron franchise Legacy made only $400 million at the box office ... which isn't bad, but pales in comparison to Disney's typical profit margins for films like The Avengers and Star Wars. It seems the studio believes the old take on the franchise has run its course, so they want to put a new spin on the concept with a big name (and that apparently means Jared Leto, in this case).
Leto is a heck of an actor, but we really want to see something that will wash out the taste of Suicide Squad. Maybe this will do the trick.
What do you think of the idea? Are you into the idea of a new-look Tron?
(via The Hollywood Reporter)