I don't meet many fans of the original TRON but I always found it very unique and entertaining.
So I was extremely excited to read about the TRON 2 (now called TRON LEGACY) information coming out of Comic Con.
Disney surprised nearly everyone by premiering a teaser trailer for the project (which was actually a test created to convince Disney not make the film) at last year’s Comic Con. The footage was ealy the most talked about thing of last year’s con. The Tron crew returned to Hall H this year, but unfortunately weren’t able to live up to their last appearance. That is not to say that what we saw of the film was not impresve, it is just they didn’t have a lot to show nce the film just wrapped production and they have a year of post production ahead of them.“And the first Tron, when we made it in 81, there was no internet,” explained Jeff Bridges. “Cell phones were things you carried around in a suit case, and what you saw was so new and fresh, and the same thing is true with this one.”
Disney has released an official plot synops:TRON is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (GARRETT HEDLUND), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (JEFF BRIDGES), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (OLIVIA WILDE), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.
Because none of the footage from inde the computer world was finished, they premiered some cool concept images from the production. Art included the recognizer, which is a bit evolved from the original film. The world of tron has been tting on a server for 20 years, not connected to the internet, evolvoing. The scale is much larger, “a photo real or photo surreal enviorment.” We were shown a shot of the mile high tower in the center of the city, which we’re sure is an important location in the film’s plot. Another piece showed a scene on the streets of tron city, where we get to see what its like to be a program in this world.
A few concept photos were shown of Disc wars, which has also evolved from the original film into a 16-game tournament. The arena is set-up so that the game court organically evolves. All 16 games are going on at the same time, and the boards combine in real time, until the last two Disc warriors are connected. We were shown some test footage of an athlete who uses a form of martial arts athleticism I’ve never seen before called luke kicking or tricking. The disc warrior was jumping around doing insane flips while chucking a disc. Very impresve. The footage was shown in super slow motion, having been shot with the phantom camera in 3D (a first) at 1000 (?) frames a second.
Another piece of concept art shows the solar sailer, a freight train in the world of tron, which travels on a beam of light. But most impresve were the new vehicles, which included:
Light Runner, which is like a light cycle, but can hold 2 passengers. It is said to be very fast, and has the unique ability to go off the grid on its own power.
* Second Generation Light Cycle: Degned in 1989 by Kevin Flynn and “rumor has it its still the fastest thing on the grid” It looks like an inbetween model in the evolution of light cycles, incorporating some of the look of the first film and the realness and slickness of the new degn.
What got me excited was footage from a rough assembly of a scene from the begining of the film, which takes place in the real world, and was not presented in 3D. The scene involved Kevin’s son being told in voiceover that someone received a page from his father’s old office, which has been abandoned for over 20 years. Flynn’s son shows up on a motor cycle. Flynn’s arcade has been long abandoned. He opens the door to reveal a room full of arcade machines, all covered with sheets. He inspects the old shut down arcade, and it is clear no one has been here in ages. He switches on the power and all the arcades turn on, as does a jukebox, which is playing retro 1980’s muc. He goes up stairs to Flynn’s old office, which also looks untouched, everything covered. The next shot was kinda magical. He walks down an isle of games which ends with the Tron arcade game. He uncovers it and we see the retro 80’s graphics. He sticks in a quarter but the machine rejects it. He pulls out the machine to take a look at the back, and discovers a secret door. He opens the door and enters the darkness. Cut to black.
Director Joseph Konski promises that the film has “3 or 4 things that have never been done before, and we were doing them at the same time.” He promises that next year at comic con “you’ll see something you’ve never seen before.”
They Asked if we’ll see any direct callbacks to the degn of the original film, Konski said:There is a portion of our film where we go back to the 1980s. I think it’ll be fun for the hardcore fans. We’ll get to go back to the ’80s and see some of the events that transpired in between that film and ours. Although it’s not ‘82. It’s ‘the ’80s’.
Then, after they asked about the crew shirt that shows the new light cycle:That’s our crew shirt, just issued last week, and that’s the fifth generation light cycle. You’ll see two
in our film, the second and the fifth. The second is Kevin Flynn’s own personal light cycle; he degned it for himself.