The long-stagnant third installment of Disney’s Tron film franchise is finally beginning to show some life. As first reported by Deadline, Disney has tapped Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Garth Davis to direct the anticipated new film with Jared Leto still attached to star.
Best known for his work on the universally beloved film Lion, Davis has proven to be a dependable director and screenwriter with a unique storytelling perspective. This latest move may be exactly what both Disney executives and Tron fans need to breathe new life into the series. Per the initial report, Davis “aggressively” pursued the role despite little experience with big-budget films from major film studios.
Originally planned as a sequel to 2010’s Tron: Legacy, the film continues to go through a variety of development issues. The prevailing thought was that the film was suspended due to the lack of news stemming from the project and Disney’s focus elsewhere. However, last month The DisInsider provided an update claiming the film was still very much on the books.
The Tron franchise touts a large, passionate following. Beginning in 1982 with the original film, the series features various film tie-ins, a comic book miniseries, and the 2010 sequel film Tron: Legacy. Additionally, the animated series Tron: Uprising premiered on Disney XD in June 2012. Combined, the films have earned over $450 million at the worldwide box office.
Jared Leto is still attached to star in the upcoming film. The lead singer for the band 30 Seconds to Mars continues to carve out a rather impressive filmography. Following an Oscar victory for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, the method actor appeared as The Joker in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Up next, Leto will star in Sony’s next big Marvel film Morbius.
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