According to Deadline, after taking its time figuring out where it wants the next Tron installment to go, Disney’s sci-fi franchise looks to have new life as we are hearing Garth Davis has been tapped to direct the film starring Jared Leto!
Davis has been better known for his critically acclaimed 2016 drama Lion, which received six Oscar nominations including for Best Picture. Tron would mark Davis’ first tentpole, and though he is not known for big-budget projects, insiders say Davis aggressively pursued the job, eventually winning over execs.
Jesse Wigutow wrote the most recent draft of the script. Leto is producing along with Justin Springer and Emma Ludbrook.
The original 1982 film starring Jeff Bridges was set inside the computer program called the Grid, where a computer hacker is abducted and forced to participate in gladiatorial games.
Disney describes the 1982 film:
When a brilliant video game maker named Flynn hacks the mainframe of his ex-employer, he is beamed inside an astonishing digital world and becomes part of the very game he is designing.
Even though its special effects were seen as game-changing at the time, the film wasn’t a hit and received mixed reviews. The cult following that swelled around the film in years to come as it played on cable only helped grow its popularity, to the point where Disney decided to move forward with a sequel, Tron: Legacy, in 2010, with Jeff Bridges reprising his role and Garret Hedlund and Olivia Wilde joining the franchise.
The 2010 film had great box office success, bringing in $400 million globally. Even so plans for a sequel were pushed while Disney figured out how to move the story forward. The studio eventually scrapped plans for a direct sequel to Tron: Legacy. Even after Leto attached himself in 2017, Disney has been taking their time in figuring out next steps for this project.
Davis coming on to the project signals that the next installment may finally happen! Insiders still stress a greenlight has not been given. The film is still in development but Davis’ involvement is a push in the right direction for the future of the Tron franchise.