Back in 2008, Disney's plans for a Tron sequel went public when a surprise teasery concept clip was played at Comic-Con. From out of nowhere came a huge tidal wave of geek hysteria…
And Tron: Legacy surfed that wave all the way to release, and now, it would seem, beyond. Despite an arguably disappointing box-office showing for film 2, all signs are that a Tron threequel is on the cards. It's not entirely clear if the film has formally been given the green light yet, but there is, remarkably, already a trailer.
I actually started to post a story on this a few nights back but, appropriately enough for a Tron story, my data seemed to get eaten by a ghost in the machine. At that time, there were just rumours of a Tron 3 teaser set for release on the DVD and Blu-ray of Legacy. Now there's even some clear description of what this teaser entails.
You can read the full details on Aint It Cool, but I think it's fair to say – at least after a quick SPOILER ALERT for the more delicate reader – that Cillian Murphy's role in Legacy is likely to get expanded upon somewhat in the next picture (no surprises there). And it also sounds like we can probably expect a lot more "real world" activity than the very Grid-locked part 2.
Knowles refers to the clip as both a teaser and a DVD extra, and says that the footage was shot previous to Thanksgiving last year. He has a couple of snaps of one of the sets used (a messy office) and even attempts to quote dialogue from the promo. This thing is, astonishingly, completely real. To become a teaser for a third film, however, Disney will need to green light such a thing. Is that really about to happen? It could depend on how well received the DVD and Blu-ray are.
If this teaser is to be included on the UK discs, which we're currently expecting to launch on April 11, then it will show up for classification at the BBFC before long. That should clarify a few details – including a title for the teaser, which could reveal the name Disney are planning for this third film. Place your bets now.
UPDATE: The plot thickens. There's a listing on the BBFC database for something called Disc Roars. At 2 minutes and 51 seconds it's the shortest work listed for Joseph Kosinski. The cast list given is: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde.
Disc Roars is not showing on the official list of special features for the Tron: Legacy DVD and Blu-ray. I believe it is more than likely to be the "secret" teaser, and that Disc Roars is nothing but a smokescreen codename.
Or… it could be featurette on the sound that the light discs make. But if so, why isn't it listed alongside the other supplements? And 2 minutes 51 sounds about perfect for a teaser like the one Harry describes.
If it is the trailer, note that the BBFC are pretty much confirming Bridges will make some kind of appearance. Nice. It would be terribly disappointing if he didn't.