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Look at what you've done Hollywood; Bruce Boxleitner is done with Tron

07.30.2015

Bruce Boxleitner has long been a champion of the TRON series, having appeared in the original film, its sequel TRON: LEGACY, the animated series TRON: Uprising, and the TRON 2.0 video-game; but with TRON: ASCENSION's long and bumpy production leading to the projects cancellation at the last moment, Bruce Boxleitner has finally had enough.

Speaking with /Film, Boxleitner said that "I don’t really care anymore, I’m done with it. I’ve moved on. I hate to say that but it’s been too up and down for me. I would rather not just keep going. I don’t want to repeat my career anymore. That’d be like, ‘Let’s reboot Scarecrow and Mrs. King.’ No, I’m not interested. Or Babylon 5.

One of the prevailing rumours which followed TRON: ASCENSION's cancellation was that Disney pulled the plug after the poor performance of Brad Bird's TOMORROWLAND, but Bruce Boxleitner suspects that it had more to do with Disney acquiring both Marvel and Lucasfilm and losing interest in science-fiction.

I’ve got a feeling they’re going to play it safe with their old [formula]. I mean, Tim Burton’s doing Dumbo. They’re going to make live-action out of their old animated classics. Apparently, that was successful. They also have Star Wars. Let’s not neglect that, and Marvel. Maybe they just felt they had enough of that sci-fi. We were the only real science fiction. Star Wars is fantasy, sword and sorcery fantasy with a spaceship. Marvel is superhero comics. Star Wars, yes, is science fiction. There’s fantasy elements as well, but Marvel is not. It’s comic books. It’s really not sci-fi. It’s not thinking science fiction. Maybe they decided they don’t want to do science fiction.

Pre-production of TRON: ASCENSION was well underway with both Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund set to return for the sequel and Joseph Kosinski on board to direct. The film was to begin shooting in Vancouver from October 2015 through February 2016 but as we now know, it was not to be. It's possible that TRON: ASCENSION will be resurrected one day but it may have to do so without Bruce Boxleitner.

Source: /Film

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4:19PM on 07/31/2015
I wish Bruce was in 50 percent of all Hollywood movies. The man is a brilliant actor, and he can narrate my life if he wants to.
I wish Bruce was in 50 percent of all Hollywood movies. The man is a brilliant actor, and he can narrate my life if he wants to.
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9:49AM on 07/31/2015
The first Tron was ahead of its time, yes it was a great concept at the time of making it and although the second one wasn't as intelligent as the first it was still a good solid entry. Really sad to hear that Bruce is no longer interested as he is Tron. If Disney are no longer interested in doing it why don't they pass the rights on to someone who would be interested and maybe give us a more adult version to the series.
The first Tron was ahead of its time, yes it was a great concept at the time of making it and although the second one wasn't as intelligent as the first it was still a good solid entry. Really sad to hear that Bruce is no longer interested as he is Tron. If Disney are no longer interested in doing it why don't they pass the rights on to someone who would be interested and maybe give us a more adult version to the series.
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9:49AM on 07/31/2015
I've only sen the original Tron. And I appreciate it more than I liked it. But I think he's right on the money with Disney. Which means Disney hasn't really changed. Remember when they were making Lone Ranger and someone actually said story wasn't a priority? They've got Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel. They've got a rich catalogue of animated fairy tales they can adapt into live-action films, which they'll probably do until it stops making them money. Despite what they've done with Marvel and
I've only sen the original Tron. And I appreciate it more than I liked it. But I think he's right on the money with Disney. Which means Disney hasn't really changed. Remember when they were making Lone Ranger and someone actually said story wasn't a priority? They've got Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel. They've got a rich catalogue of animated fairy tales they can adapt into live-action films, which they'll probably do until it stops making them money. Despite what they've done with Marvel and potentially Star Wars, we should never forget Disney has always been the most blatantly corporate studio in Hollywood (though FOX has, on occasion, given them a run for their money).
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4:45PM on 07/31/2015
It's worth pointing out that when Tron was released it was the absolute cutting edge of cgi and nobody had seen anything like it. THAT was the reason it was popular and not the plot. Of course now the cgi looks horribly dated and a modern viewer won't have the context to understand why Tron once appealed.
It's worth pointing out that when Tron was released it was the absolute cutting edge of cgi and nobody had seen anything like it. THAT was the reason it was popular and not the plot. Of course now the cgi looks horribly dated and a modern viewer won't have the context to understand why Tron once appealed.
7:32PM on 07/31/2015
Hence, my appreciation for it.
Hence, my appreciation for it.
8:50AM on 07/31/2015

I'm probably going to get downvoted for this

but TRON really wasn't that special. The original film was an early-80's curiosity: some cool concepts but the story was pretty pedestrian (rescue blonde girl, beat the bad guy). Hardly "serious, thoughtful science-fiction." And TRON:LEGACY really didn't do much for me. While it's sad to see Bruce have to give up on a franchise he loves, TRON was always going to take second place to STAR WARS in terms of cultural and financial impact. And since Disney now owns STAR WARS, you knew which
but TRON really wasn't that special. The original film was an early-80's curiosity: some cool concepts but the story was pretty pedestrian (rescue blonde girl, beat the bad guy). Hardly "serious, thoughtful science-fiction." And TRON:LEGACY really didn't do much for me. While it's sad to see Bruce have to give up on a franchise he loves, TRON was always going to take second place to STAR WARS in terms of cultural and financial impact. And since Disney now owns STAR WARS, you knew which series was going to get cut.
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3:04PM on 07/31/2015
Star Wars was pretty pedestrian. Save the brunette...beat the bad guy.

notice how some of these stories are universal? idiot
Star Wars was pretty pedestrian. Save the brunette...beat the bad guy.

notice how some of these stories are universal? idiot
8:20AM on 07/31/2015
It's a shame he wouldn't want to be involved with Babylon 5 if that reboot ever happens, but I can appreciate why he'd want to move forward instead of constantly revisiting the same few roles.
It's a shame he wouldn't want to be involved with Babylon 5 if that reboot ever happens, but I can appreciate why he'd want to move forward instead of constantly revisiting the same few roles.
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6:49AM on 07/31/2015
TRON = "Serious, thoughtful, science-fiction" ...
I'm going to have to go away and think about that Bruce.

ps: loved B5.
TRON = "Serious, thoughtful, science-fiction" ...
I'm going to have to go away and think about that Bruce.

ps: loved B5.
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12:22AM on 07/31/2015
Fuck you Disney!
Fuck you Disney!
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10:06PM on 07/30/2015
There's no movie like Tron or Tron Legacy. Period.
There's no movie like Tron or Tron Legacy. Period.
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9:38PM on 07/30/2015
This was a horrible fucking blow when announced. I hated the death of this movie more than any other in recent memory. The sequel wasn't perfect, but it was a visual and audio orgasm. I'd pay to see it again and again, hell I actually did. But I will agree, if Disney brings it back and offers him a nice paycheck, he won't say no lol.
This was a horrible fucking blow when announced. I hated the death of this movie more than any other in recent memory. The sequel wasn't perfect, but it was a visual and audio orgasm. I'd pay to see it again and again, hell I actually did. But I will agree, if Disney brings it back and offers him a nice paycheck, he won't say no lol.
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9:36PM on 07/30/2015
That's really disappointing; and Tron: Legacy is very underrated.
That's really disappointing; and Tron: Legacy is very underrated.
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9:26PM on 07/30/2015

Riiiiiiiight...

So if Disney does decide to make Tron 3 and calls Mr. Boxleitner he will turn it down?
Doubt it
So if Disney does decide to make Tron 3 and calls Mr. Boxleitner he will turn it down?
Doubt it
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9:38AM on 07/31/2015
Well, there currently ISN'T a Tron film in the works. Disney actually decided NOT to make it. So why hold out hope when he could be doing other things?
Well, there currently ISN'T a Tron film in the works. Disney actually decided NOT to make it. So why hold out hope when he could be doing other things?
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