The path to a new Tron movie is taking more twists and turns than the average light cycle match. After Tron: Legacy director revealed his third Tron movie was in cryogenic freeze, a new report has emerged, stating that Disney is now considering a new project that would give the franchise a kind of soft reboot.
According to THR, the House of Mouse is looking to recruit Suicide Squad‘s Jared Leto to become the face of a new era of Tron movies, though it is believed that discussions are in the very early stages. The report says their sources say this new project won’t be a direct sequel to Tron: Legacy. However, it then goes on to suggests it is being created out of the bones of Joseph Kosinski’s Tron 3 script, so it’s not entirely clear where this one lands on the sequel-reboot spectrum.
If Leto does take up a role in the reboot, it’s expected that role will be as Ares, a new character to the franchise who was originally written for the canceled Tron 3 movie. The links to Tron of old will also include the movie’s producer, Justin Springer, who produced Kosinski’s Tron: Legacy.
Here’s what Kosinski said of the plot for his planned movie, which looks to now have been removed from stasis and fully terminated.
“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.”
There’s no word yet whether Kosinski or Legacy stars Olivia Wilde and Garett Hedlund will return for the new project, but the signs are starting to look good that the Tron franchise is on its way back to the big screen.