Could the Tron 3 Movie Be Done in Virtual Reality?


Greetings Programs!  There recently has been some buzz about how Tron 3 could possibly come to be, but as a Virtual Reality (VR) film.  The original version progressed to a point where they were close to filming, when Disney pulled the plug and stopped production.  But what if Disney would revisit it as something else or would they even bother with Tron?  They must be planning something because they are propping up the IP with a new Tron Coaster attraction coming to the Magic Kingdom.  Maybe Tron 3 isn’t as dead as people thought?

Tron Lightcycle Power Run in Shanghai Disneyland - Is the Tron Coaster Coming to Walt Disney World?

So far we have witnessed a trend for films to be done in 3-D (Tron Legacy) but what about VR?

Disney has it’s proverbial hands in many pies, and we’ve seen that they are involved in VR projects and companies already.  Wouldn’t it stand to reason that these companies could eventually produce a VR movie?  Again, wouldn’t make sense, given Disney’s track record with innovation, that they would be at the forefront?  Disney is even bringing a Star Wars VR experience to Disney Springs later this year.

If you have played with any VR options out there, you know that it’s a different kind of experience taking the viewer and puting them “into” the scene they are observing.   You can look up, look down, and even look behind you to see all that’s going on around you, essentially pulling the viewer into the experience as an active observer or part of the cast.

But, How likely is this?

Jeff Bridges thinks it’s a strong possibility.  Last month, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he talked about the rumor saying:

“Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard those rumors too. I hope that happens. I think Joe’s got the script and everything, you know. Yeah, I don’t know that I’m supposed to talk about it or not. I don’t know. It should be the first virtual reality movie, you know? Wouldn’t that be cool…to see Tron in that world?”

Isn’t Tron 3 Dead?

This would be an amazing thing to see for sure, but, Bruce Boxleitner said he was done with Tron after they cancelled the filming of the last movie so where would that leave it? I know a lot of fans were miffed that Tron Legacy was a Tron film without Tron. I’m sure Disney could simply do what they did with Clu and just generate Tron.  They did a great job with Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One.   Plus, Clu and Flynn were supposedly gone, after the events of the last film.  Maybe a backed-up version of one or all characters?  It’s a digital world, so who knows.

Personally, I'd like more TRON in my TRON ride. Tron ware barely in TRON Legacy. (Photo: Disney)
Personally, I’d like more TRON in my TRON ride. Tron ware barely in TRON Legacy. (Photo: Disney)

How would people watch it?

One question I have is how would people view this film?  Would it only be available to purchase from people who own VR equipment or would they have to refit certain movie theaters with the expensive equipment.  How would that work from a hygiene standpoint?  Could the theaters afford to keep up?  Can you imagine the ticket prices for these films?

Either way, I’m sure full length VR features are a long way off, but it’s certainly and exciting idea to consider.  In the meantime I’ll just go and ride a light cycle via an Oculus Rift.

(James Clement Youtube)

What do you think?  Comment and let us know!


Sources: thegeekiverse, RoadtovrNerdist, Entertainment Weekly



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  1. All I could say is that could be a possibility to have VR headsets to rent at theaters for a movie. Like the 3D glasses but with VR headsets would probably be rented at $10 a pop for a person at the theater plus the cost of the movie ticket. Thing is that it probably would not take a big hit right off of the first movie. It would probably take a few years to hit it off or even shorter, if it hits big after few movies. I think it would be better than 3D. VR is closer to 4D.


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