Deadline is exclusively reporting that Disney looks set to be making moves forward in regards to bringing a new installment to the Tron franchise, with Garth Davis now brought on board to direct the film, which still has Jared Leto attached to star.
Tron first came out in 1982 starring Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner, set in a world within a computer program, a cyberspace called the Grid. While not a major box office hit at the time, it was influential with it’s special effects and drew a cult following after its cinematic release. A sequel eventually followed in 2010 with Tron: Legacy starring Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde and Jeff Bridges, making $400m worldwide at the box office.
Back in 2015 it seemed that a Tron 3 was set to commence filming in Vancouver, with Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski returning to direct and Hedlund and Wilde also reprise their roles. Even then the studio was interested in attaching Jared Leto to the project but negotiations never commenced and the studio decided to pull the project completely. Then in 2017, it was reported that Disney were eyeing Jared Leto to star as the new lead in a third Tron film that even though it would be built of the Tron 3 script, it would not be a Tron: Legacy sequel and since then the studio have been taking their time figuring out how to move forward with the project.
Garth Davis, whose previously directed Lion and Mary Magdalene, reportedly pursued the project aggressively, according to Deadline’s insiders, eventually winning over the Disney executives.
Jared Leto is serving as producer on the project alongside Justin Springer and Emma Ludbrook, with the most recent draft of the script written by Jesse Wigutow.