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Some details have emerged on that TRON 2 footage screened at Comic-Con!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. After I posted the TRON 2 story earlier in the day, I did a run of 6 interviews, then hit a screening of FANBOYS. I just now got back to the hotel and I found a little info waiting for me in the inbox. Disney is being incredibly secretive on this. I think they even sent out a statement that said essentially that there is no statement. But here's what I found out via a source I cannot name, but knew a whole lot about the footage shown, including details that I haven't seen reported yet, so I'm inclined to believe him/it/her: - The 3 minutes is a promo, not from the film itself. - It was directed by Joe Kosinski, who is also slated to direct the feature. If you own an Xbox 360 you probably know his work with his awesome CG animated commercials for GEARS OF WAR and HALO 3. Check 'em out below:
- The footage was originally done to be shown in stereoscopic 3-D, but the right eye wasn't finished in time, so it screened in 2-D. - The Evil Flynn from the piece, the badass 1982 Flynn that takes a disc to that poor blue bastard, is apparently Flynn's program from the original, Clu, not Flynn himself. I'm definitely down to find out more, so if you got the scoop, drop me an email. -Quint

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  • July 25, 2008, 3:03 a.m. CST


    by GBRob08

    Sounds cool!

  • July 25, 2008, 3:04 a.m. CST

    kick ass!!

    by BatPsycho

    cant wait for this to hit...

  • July 25, 2008, 3:05 a.m. CST

    no brainer

    by landosystem

    Tron was Alans program and a good guy, so it only makes sense that this one will feature Flynns program as a bad guy, the only real question is will the soundtrack have any Journey on it?

  • July 25, 2008, 3:05 a.m. CST


    by Jawa 007

    A special secret. So special. And so secret.

  • July 25, 2008, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Was it really TR2N? or should you have put T2ON?

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    like i said, still shitty, but at least the 2 COULD be made to look like an R

  • July 25, 2008, 3:11 a.m. CST

    the 2

    by Quint

    It actually looks better in the Tron font, but it was definitely the O.

  • July 25, 2008, 3:11 a.m. CST

    you are asking us for info?

    by Uridium

    show us the clip first GAAAAAAA!

  • July 25, 2008, 3:15 a.m. CST

    amazing the clip hasnt made it to youtube

    by bacci40

    everything else has...hey quint, did you run into any of those wacked out twilighters? (seriously, that is what they call themselves, they even call their mothers "twighlight moms") hey, im a trek fan, but we didnt coin our fan name, that came from those who wished to deride us...geek culture is now off to take the gas pipe...cya

  • July 25, 2008, 3:17 a.m. CST

    The most hypocritical posts ever ...

    by Termigoonie

    You criticize Lucas for "money-grabbing," but cream over a three-minute promo to a movie of particularly noteworthy mediocrity. Outside of its videogame, "Tron" made "Phantom Menace" look like an action-packed epic filled with remarkable acting. "Tron" may be the most over-hyped, underwhelming movie in my lifetime. The last thing it needs is a sequel. Unless Disney is that desperate. What's next? "Night Cr2ssing"? "The Last FlIIght of Noah's Ark"? "The Watcher in the Woods Comes Back"? "The Blacker Hole"? For those of you who can't wait for this, two pieces of advice: 1) Go back and (try to) watch the original; 2) Be prepared to get what you ask for. Come on, I know Disney's been in a creative slump for years, but they might as well remake "Charley and the Angel" or "The Snowball Express."

  • July 25, 2008, 3:21 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    Capone was sacrificed to them. I stayed far, far away. But I did run into some Stephanie Meyers hunters (38 year old secretaries that probably have a Hunky Firemen calendars in their cubicles) while waiting for the Disney panel to start...<BR><BR>PS, Term... wrong. Nostalgia is a powerful thing, but I completely disagree with your views on Tron. If you want to get technical, every movie ever made is a money grab.

  • July 25, 2008, 3:38 a.m. CST

    You make me weak....

    by Project424

    And wanna die. Just when you said we'd try. Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' each other... Journey is your medicine and you will take it! Doctors orders.

  • July 25, 2008, 3:39 a.m. CST

    ok so if it was meant to be seen in 3d.......

    by ampersand110

    is this going to be shown in front of the next disney movie in 3d? What is the next disney movie in 3d anyway Bolt?

  • July 25, 2008, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Boxleitner better be involved...

    by Redfive!

    At least his TRON program,but the idea of flynn becoming a bad guy and his program being the flynn or clu from the 80s sounds fantastic.

  • July 25, 2008, 3:44 a.m. CST

    "every movie ever made is a money grab"

    by Project424

    Oh, yeah? What about Death Before Dishonor w/ Fred "Hunter" Dryer... boy, did that one stink. One of three movies I walked out on.

  • July 25, 2008, 4:15 a.m. CST


    by deanbarry

    oh yeah, i'll be watching these puppies back to back on blueray one day. Oh yes, and it will be sweet.

  • July 25, 2008, 4:50 a.m. CST

    That's Tron. He fights for the users.

    by Motoko Kusanagi


  • July 25, 2008, 4:53 a.m. CST


    by thinboyslim.

    really where? the only stuff on YT is panels.

  • July 25, 2008, 4:59 a.m. CST

    lmao Fanboys screening

    by DigitalDong

    Give it up already

  • July 25, 2008, 5 a.m. CST


    by Gabba-UK

    surely someone had a camcorder!!!? WTF!

  • July 25, 2008, 5:33 a.m. CST

    Is it just me...?

    by 69DUDE

    Or does the old Flynn, grey hair and beard, meditating in an all white room sound a little bit like Steve Jobs?

  • July 25, 2008, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Tron was meh. But so was Transformers.

    by Mal Carne

    And look at what a good script, directors, and actors did with that piece of old Limburger. This may or may not be good. We can't tell. But it has to potential to be interesting, and it's definitely not just re-running TRON all over again. That's something.

  • July 25, 2008, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Those commercials don't convince me...

    by KillDozer

    that Joe Kosinski should be directing feature films. That was probably the worst use of that Gary Jules song I can imagine. I get what he was going for, but I think he failed miserably. Hopefully, on the set of the film, he'll have at least one person there who'll be able to say "Joe, that's a horrible, horrible idea." and have him listen...

  • July 25, 2008, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Tron and/or Flynn and/or Bit Would Kick Neo's Ass

    by LaserPants

    No wire fu can stand up to the power of the blue neon frisbee!!!

  • July 25, 2008, 6:48 a.m. CST

    I saw Tron about 4 years ago in the theater...

    by pencil-man

    ... it was a special show for kids, and it had 2 old Disny 'toons before it, and man, I loved Tron before, but it kicked 20x more ass on that screen. That's just me though, I completely understand how bored some people can get with that movie. It's slow, quiet, and never really has a crescendo to a climax, but I love hanging out in that world. If you say this will go 3-D, then I smell Muppets 3-D, or a Captain EO crapfest. God willing this will pop up on youtubes for me to favorite.

  • July 25, 2008, 7:08 a.m. CST

    that explains it

    by Bouncy X

    to all those saying "how'd the hell they start making a movie under the radar" well now we know....they havent, but it would have been cool if they had, not because i have any interest but knowing someone could get away with it in this day and age. oh and regarding that X-Files sale, thats sorta silly, i cant speak for everywhere else but the single seasons are already 20$ each in stores here so yeah.

  • July 25, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Clu is Back, And He's Turned Bad


    I'm so there. Just hearing it makes me all excited. But I always loved Tron. I was prejudiced towards it in, like, 1979 when I first saw the trailers.

  • July 25, 2008, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Tron worked in 1982

    by Abominable Snowcone

    because computers were just beginning to enter the public consciousness on a day-to-day sorta scale. They were still a novelty. Cool and mysterious. Twenty-six years later, everyone knows what computers can do and aren't surprised when they're made to do more. The coolest thing I've seen in a movie, effects-wise, since the rotoscoping in Tron, was "bullet-time" photography, which was quickly copy-catted into a cliche. Still waiting for the next cool FX

  • July 25, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Tron 2 Can Work


    But they gotta stay in the world of the original. IF they make all sorts of ".com" references and nods to MySpace and Facebook and ebay, it's gonna suck. It needs to be set in an alternate reality, one consistent with the world of the original.

  • July 25, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Prettybaby: Tron 2 is Not Seeking a Millionaire


    What's your point? Tron loves Yori. That is all.

  • July 25, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST

    There is a 63% probability this will be good. End of Line.

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • July 25, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST


    by Stuntcock Mike

  • July 25, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST


    by JamesT

    You type like Yakov Smirnoff.

  • July 25, 2008, 7:45 a.m. CST


    by Parallax

    This is the kind of shit that keeps me coming back to AICN every day for nine years. Sweet, sweet news, thanks.

  • July 25, 2008, 7:57 a.m. CST

    and for the love of God

    by JamesT

    Hopefully the cast of HS musical or Miley Cyrus is not starring in this?

  • July 25, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST

    "The Brown Bunny" wasn't a money grab.

    by MCVamp

  • July 25, 2008, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Quint, you read this footage totally wrong.

    by GodMars

    No, its not a game anymore, its a business. eSports, competition, money money money. Flynn isn't the bad guy, here. If anything, his company, his games, are on the leading edge of gaming competition.

  • July 25, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST

    I've become 2,415 times smarter since then

    by WIBoomer1

    This makes sense. Everything has been recycled. This fall, one man will (might?) make a difference again. You got KITT back, why not Kevin O. Flynn at the Mighty Wurlitzer? Betcha 100 Oreo cookies that they won't be roto-scoping this puppy. I bet it will be a close cousin to Jim Cameron's Avatar...? All that is visible must grow and extend itself into the realm of the invisible end of line

  • July 25, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    The Brown Bunny

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Never saw Gallo's film. But I can say definitely that the best thing about it is the soundtrack--which features 4 or 5 tunes by guitarist John Frusciante that weren't included in the picture.

  • July 25, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    I see your point, but it would be difficult to ingore the computer world of today--which centers around the internet and peer to peer applications. If I remember correctly, the world of the original TRON only touched on the relationship of "users" with their "programs." No such thing as cyberspace back then. Just programs / applications doin' their thing.

  • July 25, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST

    The Brown Bunny

    by LaserPants

    Was Vincent Gallo's way of showing Harmony Korrine that a) Gallo's dick is bigger than his, and b) Korrine's ex-girlfriend Chloe is willing to suck it on camera.<br><br> And thats all well and good in a deeply insecure ego maniac kind of way, but the movie sucked ass. I find Korrine's films (especially Julian Donkey Boy) to be much, much better.

  • July 25, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    There Was A TRON 2 Planned At One Point

    by LaserPants

    And it was supposed to be something about Flynn turning into a kind of Colonel Kurtz living his own weird videogame Apocalypse Now meltdown. Seriously! Something like that. They talk about it on the dvd. This kinda sounds like what they're doing actually. Could be fucking great.

  • July 25, 2008, 10 a.m. CST

    They should name it Twon

    by tonagan

    So you get the "two" in there, and you have the bonus of sounding like you have a speech impediment when you say it.

  • July 25, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Johnathan Violence

    by NiceGuyEddie19

    1. Yes, and 2. a Last Starfighter sequel would be fuckin' balls out fun.

  • July 25, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST

    CLU was de-rezzed

    by Sir Loin

    Perhaps Flynn's written a new version of him, who knows. I agree about no ".com" crap being in there, as well...keep it in the original's world (but slightly updated to today's graphical abilities) and this will rock!

  • July 25, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Journey's "1990's Theme" heard in Flynn's arcade

    by Sir Loin

    That's actually a cool tune, hope it gets slipped into the sequel somehow :D Sadly, I doubt they'll have any arcade-style scenes, are there any actual old-school arcades still open?!

  • July 25, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    The MCP destroyed Clu

    by V'Shael

    Though I must admit, I'd like to see them make a sequel which didn't treat the original as gospel. Kind of like the latest Hulk movie. The events of the first movie happened, sort of, just not necessarily in the way that we saw them. <p> I'd prefer that. Because as much as I love the original, some parts of Tron were really stupid.

  • July 25, 2008, 11 a.m. CST


    by TheWacoKid

    That is ridiculous. Tron was a wonder in technology for its time. Also, when it comes to George Lucas being money hungry, I don't think that is it at all. What happened was he just made some shitty ass movies that were supposed to be prequels to the beloved original trilogy. He was just a complete control freak, unlike the original trilogy where other people directed the sequels. So, again, not money hungry, just shitty movies.

  • July 25, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I'm with you Jonathan V.

    by NiceGuyEddie19

    What a bunch of pretentious bullshit. Total garbage through and through. A ten minute scene of Keanu's pasty ass thrusting into Carrie-Ann Moss. A ridiculous digital orgasm. 5 hours too long.

  • July 25, 2008, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Termigoonie- you have to be kidding.

    by Heckles

    Are you really comapring George Lucas whoring Star Wars out and Disney making a Tron sequel? Hmmm... after Lucas made six movies, a Christmas Special and Special Edition, he sold the rights for countless action figures, dozens of video games, comics, books and now a cartoon movie and cartoon series. Meanwhile, Disney makes a Tron sequel 26 years after the original. Yeah, that's the same.

  • July 25, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    FIRST! ..... ah dammit, dialup sux

    by fingger

    Can't wait to see this demo/teaser/promo/whatever! Tron was an eyeopener. A real work of art. Nothing like it before or since. Eager to see how this one turns out.

  • July 25, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    The "mad world" traider for Gears of War

    by ArcadianDS

    was more fun than Gears of War

  • July 25, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST


    by ArcadianDS


  • July 25, 2008, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Heckles --

    by Termigoonie

    Yup. What do you think Disney will do with "Tr2n"? Not "whore it out"? Oh, and Lucas did not sell the rights ... you clearly don't understand a thing about that. He RETAINED the rights and has had complete control of "Star Wars" -- with ONE exception, the Holiday Special, something he was forced by Fox and the special's producers to do.

  • July 25, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST

    I'll be there

    by PhxMonsterGuy

    I saw Tron at the theater when it first came out and even though the pacing was slow I was mesmerized by the effects. I hope they can come up with something just as groundbreaking as the first one.

  • July 25, 2008, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    That's the title? That doesn't even make damn sense? A 2 as an O? Damn you Se7en!!!

  • July 25, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST

    that fucking gears of war commercial...

    by thekylegassproject

    is top notch product. i would really like to see what this guy can do.

  • July 25, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST

    My bad...

    by jackofhearts29

    Thought it read "old guy with grey hair and beard MASTURBATING in an all white room." Which would also make sense, if you think about it...

  • July 25, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Nothings better than a nice Camembert

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • July 25, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Disney should pay royalties to South Park

    by the milf lover

    because if it wasnt for South Park using the Tron 'cone with a face' as the Jewish god, none of today's kids would have any damn clue about Tron's existence, and they'd never be making this sequel!

  • July 25, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    cant wait.

    by shogunshin

  • July 25, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST

    You're right, Termigoonie.

    by Heckles

    I didn't mean to say 'sold' the rights. Of course he owns the rights to Star Wars, that's my bad. And I fully expect Disney to bank on this Tron sequel and market it with toys, games, cereal, feminine hygiene products... but my point was there has been very little Tron out there for the past quarter century. Meanwhile, Lucas is letting his franchise get milked for all its worth. And more power to him. I am just over it. As a huge Star Wars fan, I'm not remotely excited about this new cartoon. I don't think Lucas cares about the Star Wars property or is just so far removed he is letting producers/writers/directors with dollar signs in their eyes run the franchise into the f'n ground. Even if Tron 2 is a blatant cash grab (isn't every movie?), that's fine by me, so long that Flynn isn't joined by Jar Jar Binks.

  • July 25, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST

    milflover, FORGOT about that brilliance!

    by shogunshin

    bravo for bringing up that amazing reference.

  • July 25, 2008, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Milf Lover...

    by NiceGuyEddie19

    I don't agree, I think it's just like any other old franchise. Kids are going to know because the parents will show them the movies they liked as kids. I've got 2 cousins, 5 and 7, who adore the 1986 Transformers movie. Watch it ten times a week. They never would've seen it if their 27 year old cousin hadn't brought it to them.

  • July 25, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Still no video

    by Heckles

    Very odd. I really want to check this out.

  • July 25, 2008, 1:55 p.m. CST

    I Really Want to See This, Too


    After the announcement Tron 2 was coming, hinted at in November and firmed up around February, there ain't been nothing. Admittedly, it's only been five or six months, but still . . . I wanna know what's going on. I wanna know what's actually happening. Yes, I will be there opening day for a Tron sequel. Of course, I also liked the Matrix sequels, especially Reloaded. Except for the Soul Train dance sequence after Morpheus's speech. Otherwise, Reloaded rocked.

  • July 25, 2008, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Man... the people at comic-con this year suck

    by The Guy Who Slept Through Everything.

    Seriously NOTHING!?! no WOLVERINE!?! and nobody got "TR2N"??? wtf people, you disappoint me.

  • July 25, 2008, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Geeks confuse me.

    by Rev. Slappy

    The love Tron but hated Speed Racer. They are pretty much the same thing.

  • July 25, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    TRON vs. TPM

    by Termigoonie

    Phantom Menace wins every time. Sorry. But as a movie, TRON pretty much STINKS. I thought it in 1982 and I believe it even more today. I even bought the special edition thinking maybe I was wrong. Bad acting, bad story, frankly not-very-good effects (overall) and an absolute lack of any interest or excitement. TRON lives off of the memory of what better marketers did -- and what they did back then was extraordinary. TRON was the EPCOT Center of movies, a movie that would show us what the future was going to be. Too bad it absolutely stunk. Phantom Menace may be talky and slow, with a wooden lead actor and some clumsy dialogue, but it's the far superior film any day.

  • July 25, 2008, 4:10 p.m. CST

    TPM...and Clu was not killed

    by PorkChopXpress

    "Phantom Menace wins every time." Among retards, there can be no doubt. Also, to the guy who said Clu was killed by the MCP...the MCP was going around absorbing the useful functions of any programs he came in contact with. No doubt Clu had a lot of Flynn's more clever programming and I'm sure the MCP felt it had a use for it, particularly because Flynn was a thorn in the MCP's side. When the MCP was shut down, all of the resources it had appropriated were returned. Stands to reason that the programs he'd absorbed would re-rez...maybe Clu came back with some residual effects from being integrated into the MCP. Interesting...interesting...

  • July 25, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Jeff Muthafuckin Bridges

    by skimn

    I rewatched Thunderbolt And Lightfoot last weekend, and forgot just how long Mr. Bridges has been around in great stuff.

  • July 25, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    No Steven Lisberger?!

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    My interest in Tron 2 has now plummeted I'm sad to say.

  • July 25, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    the irony of this sequel is...

    by the milf lover

    that its gonna be a CGI overload, when the original's special effects, most of them anyway, werent even done with computers because the technology wasnt good enough back then.

  • July 25, 2008, 9:33 p.m. CST

    2RON makes more sense to me but what do I know

    by King Psyz

    I know that Quesadillas are the food of the gods, that's what I know. My office has a mother fucking quesadilla bar bitches!

  • July 25, 2008, 11:15 p.m. CST

    IT BETTER BE A HARD PG-13!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Illuminate

    I just saw Tron the other day. What a great movie. Just as cool as the original Highlander. It is a beatiful world even by todays standards. I know it isn't going to be rated R. But, I hope that Disney realises that most of the fans have grown up know and they have to push the pg-13. I hope it is more sexual since on the DVD the Director of the previous one showed a Deleted scene. This sequel needs to have more mature depth.

  • July 26, 2008, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Footage on You Tube

    by Yiggy

    Bad footage, but footage none the less.

  • July 26, 2008, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Good timing

    by spartacus728

    I think of it as almost ironic that I just...and by that I mean last week...started replaying the game Tron 2. Some of the locations and visuals still make me's hoping.

  • July 26, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    thanks for the link Yiggy!!

    by the milf lover

    yeah bad footage but its enough... it actually looks like it can be a good movie if they give it a chance

  • July 26, 2008, 12:15 p.m. CST

    It's just a game, man!

    by WIBoomer1

    Strange for a auto website to have Comic-Con footage, bad as it is...but you get the point!

  • July 26, 2008, 2:34 p.m. CST

    That is one big door......

    by s8ntmark

    What? WAS!

  • July 28, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Orcus! I Too Join You, After the Years of Rumors


    Finally, there will be Tron. I love it. I could nitpick, but I won't. They're bringing back Tron, and that's what matters.

  • July 29, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    And As Soon as Possible


    I'm a little worried, since Disney need a "proof-of-concept" teaser, that there's still much work to be done to get an actual movie together. Why must they make us suffer so?

  • April 5, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Fucking dfdafgadfg guy^

    by orcus