News seems to increase in recent weeks when a report came out that Disney was moving forward with the third installment of the Tron franchise. After the poor showing of Tomorrowland, it seems that Disney has had some cold feet about moving forward with Tron 3.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has decided to shelve the third film even though Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski claimed to be working on the film and Olivia Wilde claimed to be returning in the role she created in the previous film. Sources are saying that Disney decided to let the film go, which was slated to begin production this year in Vancouver, although those sources say the film was not officially greenlit.
Their sources, also, claim that Disney was interesting in adding Jared Leto to the cast but an “offer and negotiations had never commenced.” The film was called a lackluster installment given that it only made $170 million domestically but managed to bring in $400 million with worldwide receipts. As people did not take to the film here, this thought process explains why movie studios are looking to worldwide grosses as opposed to domestic.
With some of the actors that were recruited for Tron Legacy, it would have been nice to see where the stories would have ended up in the third film. Disney has not had much luck with in-house science-fiction films but have been blowing up the box office with live-action versions of their traditional Disney properties like Maleficent and Cinderella.
Tomorrowland was a gamble for the studio but with the success of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Cinderella and the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it will be easy to see how Disney would swallow this bitter pill. However, if they wanted to make something happen with the science-fiction department, they should not have started off with a preachy-topical scifi-esque movie like Tomorrowland.