Joseph Kosinski has the enviable position of being the director of the sequel to Tron, Tron Legacy. He recently sat down with MTV to talk about what rating the movie will get, how much of it will be in 3D, and whether there will be sequels to this sequel.
Tron Legacy is apparently going to differ from James Cameron's Avatar in that it's not going to be quite as immersively 3D, which is to say that there won't be 3D from start to finish. Josinski said, "Ours is sort of a Wizard of Oz approach. Ninety-eight percent of the 3D is in the world of Tron. The 3D really starts once we get into the Tron world." He's also giving more details about the kind of technology he used to shoot Tron Legacy:
It's a combination of technologies that Zemeckis has been using in terms of the completely digital motion-capture of a character and for the live-action camera system. We used a camera developed by James Cameron's company. We used a newer generation of camera than the one used on Avatar. They built it specifically for us.
So Josinski is more cutting edge than the man who coined the term "cutting edge"? It's hard to believe the technology used to photograph Tron Legacy is more advanced than what Cameron used for Avatar, but there you have it.
Josinski goes on to talk about what kind of rating his movie is going to get, and whether or not it's going to be a kids movie or an adult movie. Unfortunately -- and not totally surprising -- it's looking like Legacy is going to err way on the side of caution, coming in at a PG or PG-13 rating:
There's nothing in the film that would keep kids from watching it. I think the aesthetic of the film is largely a reflection of my aesthetic and what I'm interested in. ...While making the movie, we never did anything to serve a particular rating. We made the movie we wanted to make. I think Disney would be really happy with a PG rating. But I haven't had it reviewed by anyone. I imagine it will be PG or PG-13.
We shouldn't be too shocked to find this out, but even judging from the trailer that's already been released it seems we can expect a slightly darker Tron movie, at least as far as Disney goes.
As for whether or not there's going to be a sequel to the Tron sequel, all signs point to yes. Josinski said that "I think the world we've built here is big enough and has scale to support another story. As to whether that will happen, that depends on how the film is received when it comes out."
Oh, and Daft Punk is scoring Tron Legacy. Excited yet? The movie is going to be screened in IMAX as well as regular definition, despite the fact that it was not shot in IMAX (shooting for digital 3D requires that you shoot with digital cameras, whereas IMAX requires you to shoot with 72mm film -- digital cameras obviously do not shoot on film).
And Josinski talks about some of the story elements we can expect from Tron Legacy:
To include Bruce Boxleitner is not at all a cameo or stunt casting. He is integral to the story we're trying to tell, which is why he's in it. We've taken the events of the first movie as historical facts. In our story, Kevin Flynn emerged from his first experience as CEO of ENCOM and actually released the Tron video game based on his experiences in the first movie. ENCOM has become the most innovative, most successful, most forward-thinking digital company in the world as of 1989. There are fun references to parts of the first film. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), in searching for his father, has to retrace his steps and comes upon clues and places that we visited in the first film, like Flynn's Arcade. Even in the world of Tron itself, a lot of vehicles and sequences have evolved. We'll get to see how the disc game has changed, how the light cycle battle has changed.
While this movie might not have the violence and swearing we saw in Avatar, it looks like we have plenty to get excited about come December.