Tron 3 is a done deal for 2013 (at least according to Tron himself)

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Dec 15, 2012, 11:18 AM EST

Separating truth from rumors on the game grid ain't easy, but when it comes to digital honesty, nothing matches the electronic truth of Tron. And Bruce Boxleitner has just confirmed Tron 3 is entering full resolution and well on its way toward a 2013 release.

Game is definitely on!

Boxleitner was questioned by an adoring fan at the recent D23 convention and expounded on Tron 3's extended life cycle, saying:

"It's already a done deal. It's already in the works, my friend."

Check it out yourself below!

Thanks, Bruce!

Brainstorming sessions began last January for a third installment of Disney's Tron franchise when Tron 2 was teetering over $300 million and the merchandising juggernaut was providing a glittering stream of ancillary revenue. Supporting the cyberscape love-fest, Disney XD's awesome-looking upcoming cartoon series Tron: Uprising is gathering gigabytes of followers. One of the ideas being juggled around for the next sequel is reintroducing the character of Yori, played by Caddyshack vamp Cindy Morgan in the 1982 original.

Joseph Kosinski, director of Tron: Legacy, revealed a potential plot for the screenplay earlier this year. Rumored to be called Tron: The Next Day (nice title, dude), the film picks up where Legacy ended, with Quorra in the real world, continuing the exploits and adventures of Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund).

A six-pack of alternative storylines have been in consideration since last winter. Several of them feature the character of Laura, who would be married to Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner's Tron character). Cillian Murphy is also said to be onboard the film, should it proceed, playing two pivotal characters.

Jeff Bridges is not confirmed to return as Kevin Flynn. But don't count the fantastic Mr. Flynn out yet.

Originally budgeted at $170 million, Tron: Legacy opened on Dec. 17, 2010, and, after surviving a wave of mediocre reviews, churned on through the holiday season to rack up over $400 million worldwide. That's nothing to rattle a fistful of quarters at.

Your notions? Has Tron the stamina to race with the big sci-fi fantasy boys? Or are you tired of feeding coins into its machine?

(via Bleeding Cool)