Ever since the release of Tron: Legacy back in 2010, Disney has been keen on expanding the franchise and doing another Tron film. However, we haven't heard any significant updates except Jared Leto's attachment to the project a few years ago. Now, it looks the project will finally move forward as they found a key player to spearhead the film.
According to Deadline, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales director Joachim Rønning is currently in talks to helm the third Tron film titled Tron: Ares. The report also confirmed that Leto remains attached to star in the film.
While the plot details are being kept under wraps, the film is currently crewing up as they are planning to start filming in Vancouver this August. It is set to be a sequel to Tron: Legacy and the screenplay is being written by Jesse Wigutow.
Leto, Emma Ludbrook, Jeffrey Silver, and Justin Springer are producing the film. Sean Bailey and Sam Dickerman will serve as the execs. This will also be the actor's second project with Disney since he will also star in the upcoming film The Haunted Mansion.
It is very interesting to hear that Disney is finally moving forward with a third Tron film at this time and it sounds like they decided to hire a familiar director in their studio to helm the project in order to finally make it. It's also surprising that they are pushing to start production this year which means that they will release it in just a couple of years.
It would be curious to see if the film will also bring back Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, and Olivia Wilde, who starred in past films. But with Leto set as the lead, it sounds like the story won't be a direct continuation and will explore another realm of the Tron universe.
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Disney has not set a release window yet for Tron: Ares. The first two films are available to stream on Disney+.