Tron, while not one of Disney’s classic princess films, is still considered by many to be a classic. Originally released in 1982, the film starred Jeff Bridges and is considered to be the first film to feature CGI.
The film follows a young computer programmer, Kevin Flynn (Bridges), who is transported to a virtual world inside a computer where he interacts with different programs in his attempt to escape. With an iconic style and groundbreaking technology, Tron was given a sequel in 2010 with Tron: Legacy. The story follows Flynn’s son who follows his long lost father into “The Grid” where they must work together to stop the evil program Clu from taking over the human world.
The film has somewhat of a cult following and it seems like with recent changes coming to Walt Disney World, Tron is still going strong.
It was announced at D23 Expo that the Tron themed roller coaster straight from Shanghai Disney, Tron Lightcycle Power Run, is also coming to the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. This recent bit of news along with the fact that Jeff Bridges is currently working with Tron: Legacy director, Joseph Kosinksi, on the film Only the Brave, makes fans suspicious… and hopeful.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jeff Bridges suggests that Tron 3 (if ever actually made) should be the world’s very first virtual reality film. It would make sense! The original Tron was groundbreaking in storytelling and technology–why should that stop in the 21st Century? And more so, in a film that takes place in a virtual world, it would be fitting for it to be the first feature film to bring fans into that virtual world.
Only time will tell if the technology exists to make a full length film featuring a virtual reality experience. The longest virtual reality film is currently Miyubi which clocks in at 40 minutes.
With rumors circulating around a third Tron film for years, there’s still no concrete evidence that it’s going to happen. But it sounds like Jeff Bridges is ready and willing and with the new addition coming to the Disney Park, it looks like Disney hasn’t turned it’s back on the franchise just yet.
How would you feel about a VR movie? Do you think this is the future of movies? Let us know in the comments!
Amanda Woomer-Limpert is the Geekiverse’s biggest Disney geek and a former Disney cast member. She can barely handle 3D movies so she is okay if Jeff’s dreams never come true…
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