While most people are excited about Iron Man or whatever happens next to Harry Potter, the movie I’m most looking forward to this year is Tron: Legacy. The movie’s director Joseph Kosinski sat down with MTV this week and answered questions about where the movie’s at and where he plans to take the next step in Tron. You can read the entire interview over there, but below I’ve broken it down into a few key, bullet points for fellow Tron fans. Here’s a sampling of some of the biggest things revealed by Kosinski:
Tron: Legacy is taking a Wizard of Oz approach to 3D. “Ninety-eight percent of the 3-D is in the world of "Tron." The 3-D really starts once we get into the Tron world.”
They’re using a combination of the technologies used by both Cameron and Zemeckis to make Tron: Legacy’s 3D happen.
The look of the film will not be far removed from what we saw in the Tron: Legacy test footage released last year, except with greater detail and on a much larger scale.
Jeff Bridges plays two characters in the film. He’s playing Kevin Flynn and Clu, the tank driving avatar Flynn created in the first film. Kosinski describes him as Clu 2, “He doesn't only look like Jeff, but he can think like him too. So it's a whole new level of artificial intelligence.”
Kosinski doesn’t think this is an adult film. He says, “There's nothing in the film that would keep kids from watching it.” He believes the film will get a PG or a PG-13 rating.
They did not shoot any of the film in the IMAX format, though some sections of the film may be done in a tall format which will fill the entire IMAX screen. Kosinski believes, “IMAX will be the way to see this movie.”
Bruce Boxleitner’s role is not a cameo or stunt casting. He’s integral to the story.
Tron: Legacy contains fun references to the first film and places like Flynn’s Arcade will be revisited by Kevin’s son Sam Flynn.
For the sequel, the world of Tron has evolved and Kosinski says, “We'll get to see how the disc game has changed, how the light cycle battle has changed. We get to see the new version of these iconic sequences. Things have gotten bigger and a bit out of control.”
Kosinski doesn't know whether they’ll use any of the themes from the original Tron in this movie’s score. He does however seem to think they’re campy and says, “If you hear any music from the original film, it will only be in the appropriate place.”