Tron: Legacy may not have been the blockbuster sequel decades in the making that Disney wanted it to be, but that’s a movie which still gave birth to two things: An unrelentingly creepy young CGI version of Jeff Bridges as CLU, and one of the finest movie soundtracks ever composed thanks to Daft Punk. That being said, Tron: Legacy is still worth a few viewings solely for the incredible imagery that director Joseph Kosinski and his visual effects crew put together.
The sequel was supposed to lead into its own direct sequel, one that would have starred Sam Flynn back in the real world alongside Quorra who had managed to also upload herself out of that weird digital landscape. According to Kosinski, the sequel would have been called Tron: Ascension, and the plot would have seen an invasion from the digital world into ours.
And while the sequel looks very unlikely right now, never say never. “It’s not dead,” Kosinski said to Collider. “It’s alive, but it’s sitting there, waiting for the right time to move forward,” perhaps a wise move from Disney right now considering that they have Marvel, Star Wars and other live-action adaptations of animated films on their plate right now.
Kosinski also detailed the plot further for Tron: Ascension, which just sounds groovy, man:
What I’m excited about is the concept, which is an invasion movie from inside the machine coming out as opposed to one we’ve usually seen. So we hinted at that at the end of Legacy with Quorra coming out, but the idea for Ascension was a movie that was, the first act was in the real world, the second act was in the world of TRON, or multiple worlds of TRON, and the third act was totally in the real world.
And I think that really opens up, blows open the concept of TRON in a way that would be thrilling to see on screen. But there’s also a really interesting character study in Quorra and a “Stranger in a Strange Land,” trying to figure out where she belongs having lived in the real world for a few years, and where does she fit in.
I can’t picture anyone other than Kosinski helming the sequel, but even with Disney backing it Tron: Ascension is most likely a risky gambit to finance. Still, I have hope for the future of the Grid. And I’d die a happy man if Daft Punk returned for the final chapter as well.