Pixar Writers Brought In To Work On Tron: Legacy Script

By Eric Eisenberg 2010-07-13 15:22:01discussion comments
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From what we've seen of Tron: Legacy thus far, the film promises to be a visual masterpiece. Come December, audiences are likely going to watch lightcycle races and disc battles with their jaws on the floor. But while the film may look pretty, it would be no excuse for having a terrible script. Fortunately, the folks behind the film were smart enough to bring in some of the best writers working today to assist with the script.

EW reports that Brad Bird (writer/director of Ratatouille and The Incredibles) and Michael Arndt (writer of Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3) were brought out of the Pixar department by Disney and hired to beef up the Tron: Legacy script. Back in January, Bird, Arndt, John Lasseter and Ed Catmull were shown a rough cut of the film prior to planned re-shoots. While the group could have just given notes and moved on, Bird and Arndt were hired to work alongside Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, the film's original writers, to script some pages for the film. According to the report, the main focus of the new pages were on "character, emotion, and theme."

As exciting as this film already seemed, this just throws the knob all the way up to 11. After being blown away when the trailer premiered in IMAX, the only question was whether or not the film's script would work. As incredible as the animation is, what truly makes Pixar's films stand out is the writing. Kitsis and Horowitz, who both worked on Lost, are certainly talented writers, but getting the opportunity to have Bird and Arndt on-board is a complete slam-dunk.
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