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TRON 3 To Begin Filming In 2015 According To Latest Rumor

By TronFAQ on Monday, March 09, 2015 at 6:18 PM

There were earlier rumors that the sequel to TRON Legacy might have begun filming in 2014, which turned out not to be true. Now, a new rumor suggests TRON 3 might finally begin filming in October 2015.

The source of the rumor, started here:

I've archived the tweet, just in case it gets deleted. But I won't get too excited, until this is confirmed by an official source.

The possible sequel title may be TRON: Ascension.

Search this page for it (has also been archived in case of deletion):

Thanks to ProfPumpkin and spillwaybrain on Reddit for the tips.

March 10th, 2015 UPDATE: The site Van City Buzz has posted an article about the possibility of TRON Ascension filming in October 2015.

While this lends a bit of further credibility to the rumor — with the site likely thinking they have a strong case that justifies publishing the story — the source quoted in this article is Lindsay Barker, who is the same person that wrote the earlier tweet, which started all this speculation.

Thanks to captainfranklen on Reddit for the tip.

However, we also have an article from the site Badass Digest, where the author claims to have a "trusted source" that TRON 3 has been greenlit and Joseph Kosinski is indeed returning as director.

Thanks to @Employee_427 (aka Neo) on Twitter for sending me the news about the Badass Digest story.

And now Slashfilm has posted an article, seemingly corroborating Badass Digest's "source" that TRON 3 is a go, and Kosinski is returning. They also mention that they're reaching out to Disney for an official statement.

Thanks to Auric on TRON-Sector for the news!

I received an interesting tweet from actor @Alex_Sanon on Twitter, suggesting he will be in the rumored TRON 3, based on his Twitter account's history of tweets. I've archived his tweet, just in case it gets deleted.

March 14th, 2015 UPDATE: Both Bruce Boxleitner — TRON himself — and The Hollywood Reporter, state that TRON 3 aka TRON Ascension has still not officially been greenlit.

I also suggest everyone reads spillwaybrain's article for some more in-depth analysis on the rumor, and why it should be treated with cautious optimism.

April 8th, 2015 UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter states that both Garrett Hedlund (Sam Flynn) and Olivia Wilde (Quorra), will be returning for TRON 3 aka TRON Ascension.

This isn't surprising at all, because both were under contract for another sequel, anyway. So it's almost non-news. However, you could argue that this tacitly confirms the next sequel has been greenlit. (Or else, this announcement would not have been made.)

Still no official statement or press release about a greenlight, direct from Disney, though. In fact, today (April 8th, 2015) Bruce Boxleitner — TRON himself — stated that he still has not heard from Disney that TRON 3 has officially been greenlit.

Yet, Entertainment Weekly now claims they have confirmed that TRON 3 has indeed been greenlit. The article also speculates that the film will not be released until 2017, at the earliest. (By the way, ignore the other "rumored" TRON 3 titles — other than TRON Ascension — in the article. The author is just messing with the reader, and having a laugh.)

Who to believe? Well, I'd still like to see a direct quote or press release from Disney, before I finally commit to the belief that the film is moving ahead, in the way that all these rumors have stated. It's not that I doubt a TRON 3 is coming. But the exact details, of what has been "leaked" so far, may not be entirely accurate.

Thanks to UnitedTronArmy on Twitter for the all the news updates today!

April 20th, 2015 UPDATE: Collider.com has an interview with Olivia Wilde (Quorra), who states she's "heard" that TRON 3 aka TRON Ascension is meant to begin filming in October 2015. But when you watch the video of her being interviewed, that accompanies the article, it's clear she's not sure if that's actually going to be the case.

So, at least as far as Wilde is concerned, the greenlighting of TRON 3 is still unconfirmed. (Unless she's under a gag order, otherwise known as NDA.) We only have Entertainment Weekly's word to go on, regarding TRON 3 actually being greenlit.

Part of the headline for the Collider.com article states: "Olivia Wilde Says Story Follows Quorra in the Real World". Yet, when you read the article and watch the video, this is actually not stated anywhere. It's merely implied. Though, an earlier rumor also mentioned that more of TRON 3 would be taking place in the real world, versus TRON Legacy. Which I, personally, am not enthused about if true.

It's looking more and more likely, that the greenlighting of TRON 3 won't officially be announced until San Diego Comicon 2015 in July, or the upcoming D23 Expo 2015 in August.

Thanks to Mr-Wilde on Reddit for the tip.

May 29th, 2015 UPDATE: Fans' hopes of a TRON 3 sequel coming any time soon, may just have been dashed. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Disney has canceled any immediate plans to produce another TRON sequel. (The THR article also states that Disney was interested in adding Jared Leto to the cast, which is the first I've heard of this.)

I did warn everyone, that Disney never officially stated a TRON 3 was in production. It was mostly (possibly educated) speculation on the part of many entertainment news sites. There apparently was some prep work being done, to begin filming a sequel, but it was all still in the very early stages. Definitely no substantial pre-production going on.

Looks like we'll have to wait at least another year or two, for the film to be taken off the backburner again. For the immediate future, perhaps all we can expect is a new game or some merchandise. Very disappointing.

There is some speculation that the poor performance of Disney's Tomorrowland film, has caused them to get cold feet about going ahead with a TRON 3. (Since TRON Legacy did not exactly set the world on fire.) I have to admit: the timing of this news, and the film doing poorly, are more than just coincidental. Don't you think?

May 30th, 2015 UPDATE: Variety has added more details, quoting an unnamed Disney executive (probably Alan Horn) as stating that they couldn't find a spot in their film schedule until 2018, to fit in a TRON 3 release. Which sounds like a weaksauce excuse to me.

On the other hand, someone "familiar with the project" is also quoted as saying that the sequel "could resurface at some point". So, there is still some modicum of hope that TRON 3 will be revived again in a couple of years.

Thanks to Oniell Ford for the tip!

An article on The Wrap adds that Olivia Munn was supposedly in talks to appear in the film, as well. (Again, this is the first I've heard of any additional casting.)

I've done this quick video on the cancellation of TRON 3, again explaining why you might not want to give up hope just yet (based on the "could resurface" quote).

September 9th, 2016 UPDATE: An update from Disney producer Brigham Taylor on the site Slashfilm confirms last year's statement that "discussions" about a TRON 3 sequel are still ongoing, and it hasn't been ruled out.
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4 comments so far.

  1. Trevor March 10, 2015 3:17 PM
    Hey! Great succinct writeup. Thanks for the shout-out (I'm spillwaybrain on Reddit). I put my comments from that Reddit thread together into a more coherent post at http://lovemakeshare.ca/2015/03/09/lets-talk-about-tron-3-rumours/.
  2. TronFAQ March 10, 2015 4:00 PM
    Thanks. :) Yeah, I would have liked to go more in-depth, but I didn't have much time yesterday to write this. So I kept it short.

    I recommend everyone reads Trevor's article, if they want a more in-depth analysis of the rumor.

    I also left you a comment on Reddit as redrain85 (my other nickname).
  3. tron85 April 09, 2015 1:14 PM
    "This isn't surprising at all"

    But maybe this also will be Uprising
  4. TronFAQ April 09, 2015 9:37 PM
    @tron85: Oh yeah, for sure. I fully expect there to be another animated TRON series, to accompany the next sequel.

    But whether it will be a continuation of Uprising, or something else, is the question.

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