‘Tron 3’ on Track at Disney With Jared Leto and ‘Maleficent 2’ Director Joachim Rønning

Disney is going back to the grid.

After multiple false starts, the studio is back on track for a third “Tron” movie, with Jared Leto attached to star and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” director Joachim Rønning in talks to helm. Nominally titled “Tron: Ares,” the film would follow the groundbreaking 1982 film “Tron” starring Jeff Bridges, and the 2010 sequel “Tron: Legacy,” which starred Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde and was the feature directing debut of “Top Gun: Maverick” filmmaker Joseph Kosinski.

Leto first plugged into a third “Tron” movie in 2017 as the star and a producer, and he’s remained attached ever since. Garth Davis (“Lion”) signed on to helm the movie in 2020, but he ultimately parted ways with the project. Jesse Wigutow remains set as the screenwriter, and Justin Springer, Jeffrey Silver, and Emma Ludbrook are also producing.

Last year, Kosinski told Vulture that he had written and storyboarded a “Tron: Legacy” sequel that would bring the digital world of the movies into the real world. He was ready to move forward by 2015, but by then, the studio’s priorities had shifted and the movie fell apart.

“When I made ‘Tron: Legacy,’ they didn’t own Marvel; they didn’t own ‘Star Wars,’” Kosinski said. “We were the play for fantasy and science fiction. And once you’ve got those other things under your umbrella, it makes sense that you’re going to put your money into a known property and not the weird art student with black fingernails in the corner — that was ‘Tron.’ And that’s okay.”

More to come.

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