Excited for Tron Legacy? You May be the Only One…

I’m a sci-fi nut, but for some reason, Joseph Kosinski’s “Tron: Legacy” doesn’t have me wobbly in my sci-fi nerd/geek boots. I don’t know what it is, though I suppose it might have something to do with the fact that I did not grow up with the original “Tron” way back in 1982, so honestly, I’m looking at it more as another cool looking sci-fi movie instead of something I’ve been waiting 30 years for. Apparently I’m not the only one, because according to THR, the pre-release tracking for the film is looking decidedly lukewarm.

The 3D sci-fi film has been marketed heavily for months en route to its Dec. 17 bow, and many have been suggesting a big opening and leggy theatrical run based on built-in interest from the cult base of its 1982 predecessor. But at this point, tracking suggests Tron: Legacy with as little as $35 million.

Technically a sequel, Tron: Legacy references characters and events from the original Tron in a tale that occurs years later. But its $200 million production heft alone puts the 3D romp squarely in the category of movie reboot — the first picture cost just $17 million to produce — and an opening well north of $50 million would seem necessary to put the picture on a path to profitability.

An exec at a rival studio said he believes it would be wrong to sell Tron: Legacy short just yet, suggested an opening of at least $50 million remains possible.

Also not looking so hot is Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie’s “The Tourist”, but that movie didn’t cost $200 million, so it’s got plenty of room for error. “Legacy” does not, given the high cost of production and the massive amounts the studio is throwing into promotion. At the end of the day, this thing may end up costing Disney over $300 at least.

Disney better hope there are plenty of guys like this out there…



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Well poo on you!!! I DID grow up with it WAY back in 1982 and I definitely am looking forward to it. It looks amazing, and the updated versions of the games are looking sweet. But yeah will probably do less than what they first anticipated.

    • blackfox

      i vaguely remember the movie (child of 1984). I don’t know if spending 300 million on a movie is very wise. I mean Tron has a cult following not a Star Wars following. i also believe it will make maybe at best around 80 million plus in receipts being it’s around the holiday time.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        Better to do it full on than half-heartedly! I mean we’re talking about a complete graphical upgrade and the suits, the suits! LoL. But I get what you’re saying. However with this generation being so tech savy and engrossed it makes sense to dust this classic off and give it a new breath of life. Besides, the mouse ain’t hurting for money.

  • OK Records

    I never really cared for the first Tron movie, so to see a remake (of sorts) doesn’t phase me one way or the other.

  • Brian

    I think it would have done better if Disney allowed and advertised the ability to get your hands on the original TRON this past month. It’s got a lot to draw people in from all sorts of crowds think about it…you’ve got the older crowd that have been waiting since the original TRON.
    You’ve got the tech savvy younger generation…spanning from probably age 11 or 12 – mid 20s or 30ish.
    Daft Punk has done the music (and done an exceptional job I might add, listened to an hour long interview with Joe Kosinski about their music/process) so that’s another crowd of techno geeks that will want in. I’ve been reading up on the tracking and I just don’t see it being as bad as that predicts.

    Also it’s been marketed pretty hard with the Disney name. That should draw some people in too…well in a perfect world it would. I don’t know how many younger people respect Disney like they should anymore, they’re all too busy texting pointlessly.

    I’m hoping it does seriously well, it’s flashy, it’s cool and modern looking, a lot of people consider it to be this year’s Avatar, in terms of 3D. I’m anxious to see how the 3D is but I don’t think it will be up to Avatar standards. In a nutshell though it looks bad ass! I’m very excited for it and hope it does really well, especially since they want to build at least a trilogy out of it.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Nice name. Partial to it myself LoL. I’m with you. I really hope it does well, and yeah Disney should have definitely made sure there were copies of the original on shelves. Very short sighted of them. I’ll probably be getting the game if it gets decent reviews.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Ironically, the “young iPhone” crowd might think the film, with its neon costumes and whatnot, is too “cheesy”. Certainly they’d snark their way through the original movie. As vastly improved in terms of CGI as “Legacy” is, I can still see some younger audiences looking at the trailers and thinking they’re too “hip” for it.

      • Doubleh55

        Avatar made a ton of money based on tall blue people, nothing hip about that.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

          Avatar was a force. A lot of things about it defies logic, blue people and hipness notwithstanding. I just don’t see the same kind of enthusiasm for Legacy among the general populace. At the end of the day, it’s they who makes or breaks a movie.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool
    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool
  • baddog

    But Avatar’s plot has been done over and over and over. The only reason it did so well is because of the graphics. Tron Legacy will make it’s money and then some. There are no movies opening before it or after it that are remotely like it. It will as a previous poster said “Appeal to all generations”. Not to forget the Asian market where they like these kinds of moives. I say it will finish with $60m at the end of the weekend.

    I was also bummed that they didn’t re-release the original Tron in Blue Ray and hype the movie. It just cool how the technology for PC’s have grown so fast compared to 1982 and that is the geeks in us.
    I was al

  • baddog

    But Avatar’s plot has been done over and over and over. The only reason it did so well is because of the graphics. Tron Legacy will make it’s money and then some. There are no movies opening before it or after it that are remotely like it. It will as a previous poster said “Appeal to all generations”. Not to forget the Asian market where they like these kinds of moives. I say it will finish with $60m at the end of the weekend.

    I was also bummed that they didn’t re-release the original Tron in Blue Ray and hype the movie. It just cool how the technology for PC’s have grown so fast compared to 1982 and that is the geeks in us.
    I was al