Writing Gigs

'Tron 3' Finds a New Writer

Seriously, the writer of 'Eight Below'?

Garrett Hedlund in "The Next Day"
Photo: Walt Disney Pictures

The same way I'm interested to see where Columbia Pictures may talk Angelina Jolie's Salt franchise in a sequel, I am also curious to see what Disney may come up with when it comes to a sequel to the lackluster TRON: Legacy, and now both franchise have one more thing in common: the hiring of a poor screenwriter for the potential sequel.

Just as we learned yesterday that Kurt Wimmer (Ultraviolet) will return to script Salt 2, The Hollywood Reporter brings word today that David DiGilio has been tapped to write the screenplay for Tron 3. DiGilio's lone feature screenplay is Disney's dreadful Eight Below, the 2006 dog-sledding scientist feature starring Paul Walker directed by Frank Marshall (Congo), and now, in his return to feature films, he's taking over for Legacy screenwriters Adam Horowitz and Adam Kitsis, who apparently are too busy with their new ABC television series "Once Upon a Time" to put in work on the film.

I will say this, it's probably good the previous screenwriters are out of the way, but bringing in DiGillio is far from a hopeful choice to turn what was a rather anticlimactic return to the now 29-year-old franchise, into a solid and reinvigorating third film.

Buzz for Tron 3 started almost immediately after the first film was released and gained steam when the DVD/Blu-ray hit shelves as it included a series of short films teasing more from the franchise. I've included one such video below. As far as where the franchise will go from here, we have only a few details.

Legacy director Joseph Kosinski spoke with Assignment X back at the end of March and told the site, "I think we will pick with where TRON: Legacy left off with Quorra (Olivia Wilde) in the real world and what does that mean and the possibilities it opens up for the next chapter. It's that relationship between [Quorra and Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund)] that's the next step."

If you'll also remember, Cillian Murphy has a small cameo in the film as the son of Dillinger (David Warner's character from the original), which led many to speculate he would be the villain in the potential sequel. Speaking on that Kosinski added, "Dillinger was a really important part of the first film and felt like an easy way to continue that storyline and thread to have his son in the new movie. That way you have people ask those questions of what the Dillinger legacy is in the world of Tron. We didn't want to ignore it completely and it leaves a really nice springboard for some intertwining development for the next film."

If you're wondering whether Kosinski will return for the third film that's unclear at this point. He does have Oblivion with Tom Cruise coming up for Universal with plans to begin shooting in October with a reported budget of $100 million. Will Disney want to wait until summer 2012 or so to begin filming on Tron 3 for a 2013 release, or will they be more interested in preparing it for Holiday 2012? A lot of questions and not a lot of answers at the moment as you need a story and a script before you can do much else.

Tell me, are you optimistic a third film will turn this boat around or do you wish they would just let it die?

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  • carrie

    a great design or nice music doesn't make a movie so i don't care what will happen!

  • Seiko

    Tron Legacy was excellent so I cannot wait to see a Tron 3.
    Salt was excellent so I cannot wait to see Salt 2-Kurt Wimmer rocks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Vazquez/1114800043 Michael Vazquez

    Why do people hate Eight Below, man? I understand it's your opinion and all but can someone please tell me what's so "dreadful" about it? I personally liked it, I found it very sad especially that's based on true events. Those dogs made me cry, being there in antartica for months. I mean, come on don't tell me that's not sad?? Anyways, I liked Salt as well. Very glad Angelina Jolie came back to her action roots (she's a great dramatic actress too but I also love her in action movies). Can't wait for the sequel & for Tron 3.

  • Rachel

    Can't wait for Tron 3, Garrett Hedlund rocks and Olivia Wilde is fantastic. Music and effects are all set so all we need is a much stronger story than Tron 2. Tron 2 did fantastic when you consider that there was a very small demographic of aging fanboys coming in from a movie that didn't do well when it came out all those years ago. With all the new younger fans on board Tron 3 will have a much stronger start. By the way I LOVED Eight Below and I watch a lot of movies from every genre.

  • Kid

    Eight Below was awesome, even though I saw it when it came out (I was like 13) and thought it was ok. But I always get more emotional in movies where dogs die then in those where humans die... maybe he can bring that dog like emotion to Tron.

    • ENOLA

      haha that sounds great!

  • Brian

    Disney should have Steven Lisberger flesh out a storyline like David Goyer did with Batman Begins. After Lisberger has nailed a basic storyline, bring a screenwriter to come up with a script. Kosinski has to come back for Tron 3. His design sensibilities are essential to Tron 3 raising the bar in special effects. Tron Legacy is a nice, fun movie. People should stop comparing every film to Nolan's films or Criterion films. Some films, like Tron are meant to be fun and entertaining.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alejandro-Roggio/1487010008 Alejandro Roggio

    "Buzz for Tron 3 started almost immediately after the first film was released"

    I find it peculiar that buzz for the third film started right after the first one. I guess everyone already knew the second one was going to suck.

  • m1

    I liked Eight Below, so hopefully this sequel will be good as well.

  • ENOLA

    Good or bad there must be a Tron 3 to ether revive the series to it's full potential or kill it! Tron 3 should look to a summer opening if it tends to make any profit as a block buster, a winter opening just doesn’t work for it as seen with Tron Legacy!

  • Winchester

    First off, I'd agree with Brian that some films ARE just made to be fun and entertaining.

    Here's the rub though............that doesn't mean EVERYONE looking for that will actually decide they find it in Tron: Legacy. Or a Pirates film, or a Transformers film or anything really whereby people with different tastes sit down to watch something made with that intention.

    To that end, I didn't find Tron: Legacy remotely fun or entertaining (it was sending me to sleep after a half an hour and never improved) and have no reason to get excited or be interested in a sequel when it comes along.

  • Kellie

    I am a MAJOR fan of TRON:Legacy and TRON. i really hope that you make a third tron because i have a whole collection of TRON stuff.i have a magazine,movie,videogame,collectible,posters,and i made these golf balls black and an orange ring around the center so it looks like the marbles that Clu had in his hand in the beginning. Well i can't wait till TRON 3!!!!