Executive producers of Once Upon a Time, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz were asked at Wondercon to give an update on the next Tron sequel and their involvement with that sequel but instead turned the attention to the upcoming Disney XD Animated Series.
“The first thing that’s up that Adam and I created (with Sean Bailey) is the animated show, Tron Uprising, which is airing in April/May (on Disney XD),” previewed Kitsis. “Because of Once Upon a Time, we were made co-producers on the sequel.”
“Dave DiGilio is the new writer who was hired,” Horowitz followed. “He’s amazing, and we’re very, very excited to get a new draft that he’s currently revising.”
It looks as if everyone is waiting their turn with other engagements or the suits at Disney are observing how well this animated series performs. Meanwhile, Kitsis and Horowitz have been hard at work in building Once Upon into a hit-show.
“Joe (Kosinski, director of Tron Legacy) is shooting Oblivion (starring Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Nickolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo),” Horowitz added. “Hopefully after that we’ll get the Tron sequel going.”
The idea of the sequel would likely pick up with Quorra (Olivia Wilde) and Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) in the real world. But the writing duo didn’t give any clues on what the story would be about, nor would they confirm if Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) is truly gone.
It was revealed earlier this year at TCAs that Disney is going to debut Tron:Uprising in a 10-part “micro-sode approach” in three-minute segments starting in April. Perhaps they will air these micro-sodes after their popular television series and the new Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. The ten micro-sodes should build towards the proper debut in June. Tron: Uprising was first mentioned two years ago when promotion for Tron: Legacy began at Comic-Con. Here’s Disney’s official description of the series:
“Uprising follows Beck (Elijah Wood), a young program who becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution inside the computer world of “The Grid”. His mission is to free his home and friends from the reign of the villainous CLU and his henchman General Tesler. Beck will be trained by TRON – the greatest warrior the Grid has ever known. Tron will not only teach Beck the fighting skills he needs to challenge this brutal military occupation, but will be a guide and mentor to him as he grows beyond his youthful, impulsive nature into a courageous, powerful leader. Destined to become the new protector of the system, Beck adopts TRON’s persona and becomes the archenemy of Tesler and his oppressive forces.”
And here’s the footage that was previewed long ago as a reminder of what fans are hoping to be a cool expansion on the story.
It’s quite promising, and could be more satisfying than Legacy. While the Tron sequel made over $400 million worldwide, it fell well short of Disney’s expectations, and as a Tron fan, I believe it failed to show much of the vast Grid outside the arena and Kevin Flynn’s oasis. That was a big downer. But Disney believes this can be a winning and profitable property still, and it can certainly tickle the brain as far as visuals and sensory overload. We just need that substance.
I’ll say this, Uprising will be a win if it can give me a compelling original story. Legacy played awfully similar to the original Tron in that the most memorable moments were what little happened inside the arena and a convoluted ending. The Grid is supposed to be this massive world, but we’ve only seen a small part of it. Give me more of it, as well as the people that inhabit it and give me a story that sucks me in. While I’m making requests, I think it’s essential for the series composer, Joseph Trapanese to use a similar tone and rhythm, echoing Daft Punk’s score in the recent 3D sequel. That alone will hook me. Half of the trailer footage was just conceptual art but was still so dramatic with that score placed behind it. Trapanese was the music arranger and orchestrator on Legacy, and worked with Daft Punk, so I have high hopes in that regards. You can hear Trapanese’s latest work on the martial arts thriller, The Raid: Redemption as a collaboration with Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda. Listen to their collaboration here.
Uprising stars the voices of Bruce Boxleitner who will reprise his role as Tron, Elijah Wood (Wilfred), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Thundercats), Mandy Moore (Tangled), Nate Corddry (Harry’s Law), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Paul Reubens (PeeWee’s Playhouse). If fans really want a Tron sequel to happen, then I think they need to find and support this animated series. Look for it on Disney XD this April.