October 20, 2010, - 1:05 am

Who’s Lookin’ Forward to “Tron: Legacy”? (VIDEO)

By Debbie Schlussel

Who’s lookin’ forward to the “Tron” remake a/k/a “Tron:  Legacy” (in 3D)? I am.  I usually oppose remakes, but this is an exception.  I recently watched the 1982 “Tron” original, starring Jeff Bridges and the very hot Bruce Boxleitner, and it definitely didn’t deserve the near-universal panning it got from critics. I thought it was a cool movie and ahead of its time in terms of graphics and technology for that time. It stands the test of time for me and was one of the most underrated movies of the ’80s.

Disney brings out the new version, “Tron:  Legacy,” for the holiday box office, debuting it on December 17th. Not only is it in 3D, but the soundtrack features cool techno songs from groups like Daft Punk. Below are the trailer and a cool extended scene, and you’ll note that Boxleitner–who has aged well and still looking good in his 60s–and Bridges re-appear. Looks cool, and I predict it will be a hit.

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16 Responses

I am a bit of a geek, and my friends and I are awaiting this movie, well if you will pardon the phrase, as if it was the second comming. Debbie you’ve helped me avoid several lemons, I hope its good also.

Paul Siegfried on October 20, 2010 at 2:28 am

Hell yes I’m looking forward to this!! I was looking forward to Red Dawn 2, but since that project is in financial limbo…

I just hope it doesn’t go all left wing on us. That would really be sad.

cirrus1701 on October 20, 2010 at 8:26 am

I have to disagree with Debbie on this one. I still remember watching Tron in the movie theater when I was kid and thinking it was just awful, a terrible, boring movie with bad special effects.

JM on October 20, 2010 at 8:42 am

“Sleeper” movies tend to grow on you when you get older.

Just because the critics don’t care for them doesn’t mean the public agrees.

Films and shows have been known to find a second life on DVD.

NormanF on October 20, 2010 at 9:36 am

Elated about this upcoming movie. Looks fantastic and happy to see that Disney was able to get the old cast back together for this one (even if it is just cameos).

One thing about the first movie TRON, it was and will be the only movie literally made/produced in the fashion that it was. Due to the rise in computer technology, making the TRON filming process immediately became obsolete. Can watch “The making of TRON” on youtube.com if you’re interested since it has been posted there.

PatsPFS on October 20, 2010 at 9:47 am

Also, “TRON: Legacy” is not a remake, just a sequel to the original “TRON” film.

P: Technically, you are correct, but if you look at the plot, it’s basically the same story, so I count it as a remake. Maybe we can call it a “ramaquel.” DS

PatsPFS on October 20, 2010 at 9:49 am

    This may be true that the plot is basically the same, but so many sequels have the same basic plot as their original films. Thus, your term “remaquel” should be used more often for these films (and become part of our lexicon. Nicely done!).

    PatsPFS on October 20, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Tron (1982) was a good movie, and had a great soundtrack with Journey playing on it.

Truth on October 20, 2010 at 9:50 am

I am looking forward to watching it on the IMAX screen. 3D will be cool. I probably played the video game at the local arcade and anywhere else for a couple of years. It was pretty hard in the later rounds.
Lets hope there isn’t an American arms dealer or spy at the heart of the Tron program. That would ruin it for me. Like AMC’s Rubicon series. I don’t DVR that any more.

Samurai on October 20, 2010 at 10:41 am

Nowadays, it’s very common to either make a movie based on a popular video game, or create a video game using a popular movie as it’s premise. “Tron” marked the first time that it dawned on some marketing strategist that there could be a connection there. In most malls at the time, video arcades were usually right next to the multiplex. Since no one was quite sure yet whether it would be the game that would sell the movie, or the movie that would sell the game, they were both released simultaneously with the thought that it would be a synergistic relationship.

Not all critics hated it. As a matter of fact, I believe it made Siskel & Ebert’s yearly top 10 list, right up there with E.T. and Ghandhi. I vaguely recall it providing a pleasant afternoon’s entertainment. Space suits with phosphorescent detailing were very popular Halloween costumes that year.

Irving on October 20, 2010 at 11:16 am

Greetings programs! I can’t wait for this movie. Out of all the “big” movies that have come out in 2010, this is has been the only one that I have really been waiting for. The original is a classic probably for anyone born between ’75-’85 and is like no other movie ever made. I look forward to how the sequel will attempt to carry that torch in terms of music and visual effects. The Recognizers look really cool, and I can’t wait to see the MCP. That weirdo Walter/Wendy Carlos did the music for the original, but I think Daft Punk is an interesting choice and based on the trailers it seems like they are going to create a really good mood for the film. The technology of today should also make the action sequences much more exciting than the original.

I also disagree with Debbie calling this a remake. I think most un-planned sequels usually end up being the same movie but with a contrived plot point that explains the existence of the sequel. While this may end up being basically the same plot, it looks like they came up with an interesting way of bringing it back as well as Flynn and the others. If it was a reboot it would be a total re-hash with some other guys playing Flynn and Tron.

End of line.

Hopewell on October 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Wasn’t the original “Tron” considered a box office bomb?

Rocky Lore on October 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Can’t wait!!

But why did it take nearly 30 years for the movie industry to decide this was worth the effort?

I still have a full complete set of original TRON trading cards and stickers.
Maybe I should see what they go for on eBay this winter. 🙂

These trailers look awesome.

ebayer on October 20, 2010 at 4:31 pm

The original Tron, in the context of the early 80s, was innovative (although the story line and acting were average). A modified DEC mainframe was SOA but, today, would be useless.

Because of it, along with the backlit process, an eerie and cold two dimensional “circuit world” was created to good effect. I’m sure the new film features the latest and greatest digital technology, but I can’t be too excited. Whether this will be an improvement is questionable; it will certainly be different, though.

mpresley on October 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm

It was a powerful story about the end of communism. Syd Mead is a true artistic visionary, and even seeing the trailers when I was 4 years old (On an old Disney tape we recorded at home) burned his world’s image into my mind, where it still resides 18 years later.

Tron 2.0 for the PC had a pretty good story as well as being a nice look at how much deeper the computer has gone into our lives.

ghost250 on October 25, 2010 at 2:01 pm

The inner geek in me is just itching for this one… I am wary of sequels (red dawn… please god no!)… but this looks cool.

David Koblentz on October 26, 2010 at 11:45 pm

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