Tron 3 director Joseph Kosinski has given his first major interview regarding the new film, in which he discusses how the franchise is being revived, the script, the timeline, and the world of Tron!
Kosinski said in the interview with Collider that he’s not falling back on his laurels from Tron: Legacy, but plans to create something totally different of the World of Tron this time around:
“I don’t want to say too much about it but the goal would not be to simply re-use. We’re not going to re-use the assets from Legacy, that’s no fun. If we’re going to do to it we’re going to reinvent all over again and it’s going to be a whole new generation for reasons that are very story-driven. That’s all I can say.”
A major part of this will be the timeline, which will stay current:
“It feels like we’re kind of real-time in step. So however much time has passed since Legacy came out would also have transpired in the real world. So it will still be contemporary. So let’s say if the Tron sequel comes out in 2015, then four or five years have passed since the last movie.”
He also has some major faith in the power of the TRON franchise and thus plans to take his time with the project and create each element carefully, which means no immediate plans to begin production are in effect:
“I’ve said it would have to be our Empire Strikes Back for me to come back and for me to pull the whole team back together. I think we do have that idea. We do have the idea that feels big and really blows the doors off this franchise. It’s hinted at promises of something for two movies now, for thirty years, so it’s time to deliver on that. But the script’s got to be at a level that makes it worth going back for, because it’s a lot of work to make a movie like this and it’s a multi-year project. So we’ve got our writer Jesse Wigutow on it right now writing, and fingers crossed if it all comes together, as we hope it will, there could be another Tron in the next few years, and it’s going to be awesome.”
Collider has unveiled never before seen concept art from a Disney/Pixar project that was canceled in 2010.
The movie, Newt, focused on the comedic yet tense relationship between the last male and female blue-footed newts after they are brought together by scientists to repopulate the species, despite the fact that they can’t stand each other. When the creators got wind of an outside production with almost the same plot, Rio, the film was scraped.
Director Mark Romanek has dropped out of the live adaptation of Cinderella he has working on alongside Disney.
The split from the project is rumored to have been caused by artistic differences. Romanek, the director of films like One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, envisioned a much darker version of the tale than Disney was willing to allow. We think there are some dark elements on the tale that definitely need to be exposed, but this still has the Disney name attached and will be expected to cater to family audiences, meaning it can’t go it Snow White and the Huntsman territory.
However, the show will go on. Disney is currently looking for another director for the movie and Cate Blanchett is still attached to play the evil stepmother. There have been auditions for the role of Cinderella, but no decision has been announced.
The Walt Disney Company officially owns LucasFilm after finalizing the deal as explained in this press release:
BURBANK, Calif., December 21, 2012 – Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) announced today that Disney has completed its acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Lucasfilm to the Disney family,” said Iger. “Star Wars is one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time and this transaction combines that world class content with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets, which we believe will generate growth as well as significant long-term value.”
Under the terms of the merger agreement, at closing Disney issued 37,076,679 shares and made a cash payment of $2,208,199,950. Based upon the closing price of Disney shares on December 21, 2012 at $50.00, the transaction has a total value of approximately $4.06 billion.
Lucasfilm’s assets include its massively popular Star Wars franchise, operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production, as well as a substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies. It operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC, LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound.
Disney’s Cars spinoff, Planes, has shed its original straight-to-DVD fate and will instead get a theatrical release!
Disney has announced that the story of Dusty, “a small town dreamer who longs to enter the most epic around-the-world air race… despite his fear of heights”, will indeed hit theaters on August 9, 2013.
The change allegedly came about after executive John Lasseter became very fond of the film and insisted on a theatrical release, which is a risky move after the failure of Cars 2.
Pixar has released two new stills from the upcoming Monsters University, showing Mike and Sully having a little fun in their glory days!
“This is roughly around the time Mike and Sulley meet,” says director Dan Scanlon, who made the Cars short Mater and the Ghostlight. “They’re at a fraternity party, and this is Mike and Sulley getting off on the wrong foot a little bit.”
“We get to show off their differences,” said Monsters University producer Kori Rae. “They both approach life in different ways. Mike is the go-getter type, anything is possible, and he’s the super-hard worker. Sulley is different because he’s a great scarer, he has this natural ability, but Mike has to work for it.”
Geek Tyrant has uncovered new concept art for Frozen, Disney’s upcoming take on Han Christian Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen’ starring Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel!
In Frozen, a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
Frozen will be a CG animated film scheduled to be released on November 27, 2013.
Screencrush confirmed with Garrett Hedlund during a recent press conference for On the Road that he will be returning to play Sam Flynn in the long-rumored third Tron movie!
Garrett couldn’t share much on the topic, but said:
“Disney’s very excited … That’s about that. You know, yeah, I’m very excited, Disney’s very excited.”
The project is still in the very early stages and no other actors have been confirmed. Currently, the script for Tron 3 (as it’s being called right now) is being written by Eragon scribe Jesse Wigutow.
Moviehole has exclusively discovered that there are plans for a Wreck-It Ralph 2!
John C. Reilly (Ralph) joked:
“They wouldn’t make [all that] merchandise, if [Disney] didn’t have plans for other [Wreck-it Ralph] stories.Some of the big muckety-muckets at the studio, who I just saw the other night, were like ‘We’re talking sequel!’”, Reilly reveals. “The movie made $150 million dollars in eleven days, it broke the box-office record for Disney animated movies on opening weekend. If that’s any indication that we’ll be doing a sequel… I bet we’ll be doing a sequel.”
Director Richard Moore confirmed that he’s already talking storylines with execs at Disney for the second film, which he plans to helm. And there’s one character he wants to get in on the action who didn’t make it before: Mario!
“We’ll really come up with something good for Mario to do [in the next film]“, says Moore. “To be able to present him in the sequel, would be great”.