Joseph Kosinski is currently on top of his game as he’s flying high on the successes of his latest film, Top Gun: Maverick. Getting a chance to work again with Tom Cruise after Oblivion, he’s led to a record-breaking Memorial Day weekend. Now, he’s reflecting back on what would’ve been the sequel to his Tron: Legacy.
In an interview with Vulture, he reveals it would’ve been titled Tron: Ascension. It seems that he had already storyboarded and written the title, it was Disney that killed the project back in 2015. “I got so close. I really tried,” he revealed, as it was meant to invert the concept with the digital characters entering the real world, and how these two worlds “blending” into each other.
But it was a different Disney by 2015. When I made ‘Tron: Legacy,’ they didn’t own Marvel; they didn’t own ‘Star Wars.’ We were the play for fantasy and science fiction. And once you’ve got those other things under your umbrella, it makes sense that you’re going to put your money into a known property and not the weird art student with black fingernails in the corner — that was ‘Tron.’ And that’s okay.Joseph Kosinski
He does go on to highlight that he’s okay with his Tron sequel taking on a cult movement similar to the first, while also highlighting that he’s not holding a grudge with what happened, as it also opened another door for him to tackle the Only the Brave. A new third Tron film is on the way with Lion‘s director Garth Davis attached, which will see Jared Leto potentially in the lead.