The long-awaited return to the digital realm is finally becoming a reality. Tron: Ares, the third installment in the iconic Tron franchise, has officially entered production. Fans of the neon-lit universe can rejoice as the film gears up for its journey back to the Grid.
A Rocky Road to Resurrection
The Tron series has always danced on the edge of obscurity and cult status. Neither the original 1982 film nor its sequel, Tron: Legacy (2010), were blockbuster hits, yet they etched themselves into the hearts of devoted fans. Disney, the custodian of this enigmatic franchise, grappled with its future. A sequel to Tron: Legacy was in the works, only to be abandoned. Then came whispers of a reboot, followed by the surprising revelation that the next film would be a direct sequel. The rollercoaster ride left fans wondering if they’d ever return to the digital frontier.
Jared Leto’s Persistence Pays Off
One name has remained synonymous with the Tron saga throughout its tumultuous history: Oscar-winner Jared Leto. Despite years of development limbo, Leto has unwaveringly assured fans that the Grid would light up once more. Now, with the official title Tron: Ares and director Joachim Rønning (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil) at the helm, the franchise is poised for a triumphant comeback.
What We Know So Far
- Filming Delayed: Originally slated for summer 2023, filming was postponed due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strikes. We’ll have to wait until 2024 for our first glimpse of the digital spectacle.
- Theatrical or Streaming?: Disney hasn’t clarified whether Tron: Ares will grace theaters or premiere exclusively on Disney+.
- The Plot: Details are scarce, but we’ve learned that the story will delve deeper into the digital frontier, exploring new corners of the Grid.
- The Countdown Begins: Filming kicks off on July 3, 2023, in Vancouver, Canada, and wraps up on December 16, 2023¹²³.
Tron: Ares promises to reignite our fascination with the virtual world, and we’ll be there to witness every byte of it.