Last week, it was announced that Steven Lisberger, the writer and director of Tron (1982; my review), was working on his first new movie in years. Then, today, it was announced that he would produce — though not direct — a sequel to Tron itself!
Quoth the Hollywood Reporter:
Commercial director Joseph Kosinski is in final negotiations to develop and direct “Tron,” described as “the next chapter” of Disney’s 1982 cult classic. Sean Bailey is producing via the Live Planet banner, as is Steven Lisberger, who co-wrote and directed the original film.
Kosinski, who last month signed on to helm the remake of “Logan’s Run” for Warner Bros. Pictures, will oversee the visual development of the project and have input on the script, which is being written by “Lost” scribes Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Story details are being kept secret. . . .
When making the original, in order to convince the studio to take a chance on a first-time director, Lisberger shot a test reel, financed by the studio, involving the deadly Frisbee battle. In a case of historical synchronicity, sources said one of the things Kosinski will be doing is working on a sequence involving the movie’s Light Cycles to work out his vision for the movie. Sources also said visual effects personnel, for many of whom “Tron” was an inspiration to enter the business, already are jockeying for pole position to work on the sequence. . . .
Incidentally, Variety noted last week that Lisberger “wrote a ‘Tron’ sequel several years ago but the movie stalled amid Mouse House regime changes.” Will this new film be based on that script? Or have advances in the technology rendered that screenplay out of date? Either way, I am curious to see how this turns out.