Will the Tron TV show be too much like Clone Wars? Or not enough?

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Jul 4, 2015, 5:04 PM EDT

Even if you haven't seen Tron: Legacy, you surely know from the trailers that Kevin Flynn has been trapped in the Grid for years. The upcoming animated TV show, Tron: Uprising, which we reported on earlier, plans to fill in the gaps between the two movies. (Warning: spoiler alert.)

Eddie Kitsis, one of the screenwriters of Tron: Legacy, told Boxoffice Magazine, "This animated show will take place from when Flynn is in a safe house. It's from when Clu takes over the grid to before when Sam comes in. So if you were wondering what was the grid like before that, then watch the show."

He can speak authoritatively: the ideas that he and co-writer Adam Horowitz generated but could not use in the movie have made their way into the new TV show. The duo has even worked on several Uprising episodes. What's more, the writers have announced "a 10-part micro series" to precede the Tron: Uprising.

If you're thinking Star Wars: Clone Wars, we're right there with you. But where Star Wars had six movies, several video games and multiple books from numerous creators to build its mythology, Tron: Uprising seems to be using the discards of Tron: Legacy as plot:

Horowitz said:

"To give you an example of how we approached storytelling sometimes is like when you're in the End of Line club, when we first meet Castor and he's being berated by one of the patrons saying, 'I want an audience with Zuse.' His name is Bartik, and there's an entire back story we have for him. The guy with him, his name is Hopper, there's a whole thing between the two of them, what they are doing in there, and how they got there. It's like over the years of developing this movie, we developed all these mythologies and all these back stories and all little tangential things."

Kitsis said:

"Did we have time to do the Bartik story? No. But now maybe the Bartik story is in the animated series—you know, he's got a huge scar on his face. I want to know how he got that scar. We couldn't sit down and write that there's a guy with a scar on his face without knowing what the scar was. So we hope it adds to the depth of the movie."

There we have it. Perhaps in the spirit of not giving too much away, the screenwriters discussed a man with a scar on his face, rather than ask the questions we really wanted to learn more about, such as how Clu could amass such power. (Other questions we could ask include "How could Flynn acquire food in a digital world?" and "Why didn't he die of a vitamin D deficiency?")

Part of Tron's appeal is the sparse, glowing scenery, a pared-down world where only the most basic elements are displayed. Maybe the creators of Tron: Uprising have a lesson to learn ... that when it comes to Tron, less is more.

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