Jared Leto To De-rezz and Reboot Disney’s Tron

According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor and well-known prankster Jared Leto may find himself caught up in the game world of Disney’s Tron.

The report states Leto will star in the project and be involved in producing the planned reboot alongside partner Emma Ludbrook and Tron: Legacy co-producer Justin Springer. In the proposed film, he will play Ares, a new character in the Game Grid.

The Tron concept lingered in the Disney library since 1982, when it was released against tough competition like E.T. and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Starring Jeff Bridges, the first film told the story of a video game programmer trapped in the world he helped to design. While ultimately successful, the film was consider a bomb for the then-struggling studio. Besides a handful of video games and a redress of one of the Peoplemover pavilions at Disneyland, the company put the concept on the shelf next to The Love Bug and The Black Hole.

In the early 21st Century, Disney mined their library for concepts and a Tron sequel was soon in development. 2010’s Tron: Legacy stared Bridges once again as programmer Kevin Flynn with Garret Hedlund as his estranged son and Olivia Wilde as a spontaneously generated computer program. Directed by Joseph Kosiniski and featuring music by Daft Punk, the film was a stylish follow-up, but failed to become a big enough hit for the studio to fast-track a further installment. One was eventually developed with Kosiniski, Hedlund and Wilde returning, but it was cancelled just as production was set to begin.

The new project is being characterized as a reboot, so it is unlikely the principles from the planned Tron 3 will return, but nothing can be confirmed.

Does this sound like a good idea or do you think Tron should continue from where it left of in Legacy? Sound off in the comments below.

Erik Amaya
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Host of Tread Perilously and a writer at Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds and former host of The Satellite Show. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.