Disney restarts work on ‘Tron’ sequel, hires writer

By Daniel S Levine,

While Disney hoped that they had a franchise on their hands when they released the first Tron sequel in 2010, it didn’t quite pan out that way. Tron: Legacy didn’t light up the box office, but it did make impressive over $400 million overseas, so the studio has decided to begin work again on another film.

The Hollywood Reporter said Wednesday that the studio has hired Jesse Wigutow to write a new draft of the script. Wigutow’s short list of credits include 2003’s Michael Douglas vehicle It Runs In The Family.

David DiGilio wrote the film’s first draft and Tron: Legacy co-producer Justin Springer is set to co-produce. Director Joseph Kosinski is also slated to return.

Tron: Legacy was the $170 million sequel to 1982’s cult fave Tron, which was the one of the first live action film to use computer graphics. Jeff Bridges starred in the first film and returned for Legacy, with Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde also starring.

According to SlashFilm, Legacy made just $175 million domestically, but it was a big hit overseas, grossing $400 million.

The Tron franchise has also spawned a cartoon series called Tron: Uprising, which features the voice of Elijah Wood.

Wigutow is currently working at Disney on a film version of Peter and the Starcatchers and Parallel, which is also being produced by Springer. His other upcoming projects include remakes of The Crow and The Osterman Weekend.

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