Call it whatever you want — a sequel, a remake, or a reboot. Or as The Hollywood Reporter calls it, “the next chapter”. Whatever the case, the Powers That Be have given the task of developing a contemporary version of the 1982 Disney movie to commercial director Joseph Kosinski, who is also scheduled to helm the “Logan’s Run” remake. Sean Bailey will be producing the film for Live Planet alongside Steven Lisberger, who co-wrote and directed the 1982 original film, about a computer programmer who somehow ends up in his own computer program and is forced to fight in games he helped create.
The original…is remembered for its sci-fi gladiator-style battles and groundbreaking special effects. It was the first movie to use computer-generated images instead of models and other optical effects in conjunction with live action. The arcade game based on the movie was so popular that it earned more than the movie.
When making the original, in order to convince the studio to take a chance on a first-time director, Lisberger shot a test reel, financed by the studio, involving the deadly Frisbee battle. In a case of historical synchronicity, sources said one of the things Kosinski will be doing is working on a sequence involving the movie’s Light Cycles to work out his vision for the movie. Sources also said visual effects personnel, for many of whom “Tron” was an inspiration to enter the business, already are jockeying for pole position to work on the sequence.
I always thought the original was kind of weird, and would work better if you were high. But since I wasn’t getting high when I usually saw the film in re-runs, it always looked a little silly to me, although some of the film’s concepts were pretty cool. In a lot of ways, “The Matrix” took what “Tron” did and made it more coherent. Well, when it comes to the computer avatar stuff, anyway. The rest of “The Matrix” is just gibberish.