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  • The Game Grid
  • Power Cave
  • I/Tower Designs
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  • Triple I Models
  • Storyboarding:
  • The Storyboarding Process
  • Moebius Miscellaneous Storyboarding Artwork
  • Creation of TRON Main Title - Moebius Storyboards
  • Early Storyboard Artwork
  • Storyboard-to-Film Comparison:
  • Introduction
  • Light Cycle Chase storyboard
  • Light Cycle Chase final film
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Easter Eggs

The US release of the TRON: Legacy Blu-ray contains a handful of hidden Easter Eggs as part of the TRON: The Next Day feature, some potentially setting up the storyline of the third film. The hidden clips are accessible via a "Space Paranoids" arcade-style high scores menu following the short film, requiring the viewer to type in various high score initials to access the clips. The hidden clips included are as follows:

  • DJR - An instant-messaging screen showing a conversation between Edward Dillinger Jr. and either his father or the Master Control Program, discussing Sam's takeover of ENCOM, with the MCP/Dillinger Sr. warning Jr. of Sam, "He may not be his father but he is still a Flynn. Don't underestimate him." before signing off with the MCP's classic catchphrase "End of line". This clip has been reported for a long time to be on the disc as part of a TRON 3 "teaser", and potentially sets up the villains for the future film.
  • CEO - A tape recording of Alan Bradley speaking on an ENCOM executive about what Flynn may have been doing before his disappearance.
  • MKT - An excerpt from a financial news report featuring an interview with Bradley about Sam's takeover of ENCOM.
  • SAM - Full footage of the ENCOM press conference in 2010, launching Space Paranoids Online. This clip also features members of Flynn Lives interrupting the conference and Sam Flynn doing a helicopter jump at the event. This event was held for real as part of the ARG at WonderCon 2010.
  • TAG - A promotional video of the Flynn Lives Organization on a video site, showing its members graffitiing several pieces of ENCOM property, including the famous back door entrance.
  • FLV - Another promo video of the organization circa 1990, showing an interview with Alan Bradley and other people about Flynn's disappearance.
  • DFB - Advertisement for Kevin Flynn's book: "The Digital Frontier", published before his disappearance.
  • GAM - Some more footage of the real-world ARG, and the several "Flynn's Arcade" settings set up as part of it.
  • SPC - An advert for Space Paranoids console game.
  • ALL - All the hidden clips played in order.

Development and pre-production

Rumors

In the late 1990s, there were speculation that Disney would make a sequel film, due to the original film's big cult following. On July 29, 1999 ZDnet news that a TRON sequel or remake was being considered by Pixar. [1] Through out the next several years, many false rumors that a TRON sequel was in production or being developed were reported by various news websites.

On January 13, 2005, Variety reported that Disney had hired Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal to write a sequel to TRON, confirming speculation that a sequel was in the works.

Proof-of-concept Trailer

On July 24, 2008 at the Comic-Con convention in San Diego, California, Disney showed a surprise trailer for the sequel, which was called TR2N.

The footage began with an update of the light cycle duel from TRON, pitting a blue program against a yellow one with the two racing through a futuristic landscape. While in pursuit, the blue program manages to evade the mysterious yellow program. However, the yellow program took a shortcut and drove in front of the blue racer, making him crash into the yellow driver's Light Ribbon. The blue program flew off his cycle and into the air before landing on the road and almost falling into an abyss, where the road ends. Meanwhile, the duel is being observed from a high, cliff-side structure by a human figure wearing regular clothing – an older, bearded Kevin Flynn played again by Jeff Bridges. The yellow program pulls his light cycle over and climbs off, grabbing his identity disc, which now appears as a glowing ring. As the unknown yellow rider approaches the blue program, the defeated racer yells out to his opponent, "You won, okay? It's just a game!" The yellow racer, turns on his helmet light revealing himself to be Clu, Flynn's old hacker program who was derezzed by the MCP in 1982. Clu's replies to the program, "Not anymore...", and throws his disc at the blue program, killing him. The footage ended with a '2' appearing in the traditional TRON font and the title, TR2N, emerging around it, then fading away to leave the number.

Joseph Kosinski directed the promo and is currently directing the film. Kosinski previously directed commercials for Gears of War, Halo 3, Apple Computers and others, and was noted for his skill at blending photo-realistic CGI with real actors and scenery. Lost writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are slated to write the film.

Originally, the test trailer did not prove that a TRON sequel was in production, but it showed that Disney was serious about a sequel. Some speculated that the trailer was not only to see how the public will react to the trailer, but to show the executives at Disney what a TRON sequel will look like. Producer Sean Bailey later said in an interview that if the trailer did not have a good reaction, the movie would have never been made.

The same trailer was shown again at Comic-Con in July 2009 but noticed that the films title had changed from TR2N to TRON: Legacy.

Greenlighted

On September 24, 2008, Disney showcased its upcoming films in a day-long presentation for Disney partners and the media at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, CA. One of the many films showcased was TR2N, in which the same trailer from Comic-Con was shown to the crowd. According to AICN:

They showed the TRON 2 trailer (and everyone went nuts), the same that was shown at Comic Con and [Walt Disney Studios chairman] Dick [Cook] said, 'it was for sure a go'.

Viral Marketing

On July 21, 2009, several movie-related websites posted they had received via mail a pair of "Flynn's Arcade" golden coins along with a flash drive. Its content was an animated gif image that showed css code lines. Four of them were put together and part of the code was cracked, revealing the url to Flynnlives.com, a fictional site maintained by activists who believe Kevin Flynn is alive, even though he's been missing since 1989. Clicking on a tiny spider in the lower section of the main page leads to a countdown clock that hits zero on Thursday, July 22, 9:30pm. Within the Terms of Use Section, an address was found. It lies at San Diego, CA, nearby the city's convention center, where the Comic Con 2009 is taking place and some footage/info on the sequel is expected to be seen. Many suspect the Arcade has been re-opened at that location.

A second viral site, homeoftron.com, has been found. It portrays some of the history of Flynn's Arcade as well as a fan memoir section.

In December 2010, Flynn Frontier appeared (linked from the Flynn Lives site), featuring info about books authored by Kevin Flynn before his disappearance.

Trivia

  • During the prologue, there is a scene showing Kevin Flynn's house where the young Sam has wallpapers featuring both TRON and The Black Hole, which are science fiction adventure films released by Disney. Furthermore, TRON: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski has signed on to direct a remake of The Black Hole.
  • Also at the beginning of the movie, two figurines are seen to be in the middle of a disc battle, foreshadowing Sam's battle in the Disc Wars. A model of the 2nd generation light cycle can likewise be seen, foreshadowing later in the film when we see Kevin's light cycle.
  • While retelling the story of meeting Tron to young Sam, Kevin briefly hums the signature theme-music from TRON.
  • When Sam is breaking into ENCOM, he uses a device similar to his father's device in the first film. He also quotes his father, saying "Now that, is a big door," as the door opens.
  • After Sam's "generous" visit to ENCOM Tower, when he returns to his garage-like apartment, the word DUMONT can be seen in TRON font above the opening door. Dumont was the name of the I/O Tower guardian that helped Tron and Yori in TRON. His user, Walter Gibbs, also mentioned having started ENCOM in his garage.
  • "This isn't happening," is the first thing that Sam says after entering the Tron system. Kevin said the same thing when he first crossed over into the ENCOM mainframe's Game Grid.
  • The speech said by the female voice when Sam is getting his Identity Disc is almost exactly, word-for-word, the same as the one Sark says in the first movie, just without the MCP in it: "Attention program. You will receive an identity disc. Everything you do or learn will be imprinted on this disc. If you lose your disc or fail to follow commands, you will be subject for immediate deresolution".
  • One of the female programs giving Sam his armor remarks that, "He is different." Ram says something similar about Flynn in the first film. Both cases refer to the programs sensing the Flynns being users.
  • When ordering Rinzler to shoot at Flynn's Light Jet in the final battle, Clu tells him to "Finish the game." Sark in the first film tells Flynn to "Finish the game" during Flynn's first ring battle.
  • The shot of Sam and Quorra in the portal, with Sam holding the disc above his head, is similar to the original Tron poster of Tron holding the disc above his head standing next to Yori. This is the poster seen at the beginning of the film.
  • TRON director Steven Lisberger appears in a cameo as the bartender at the End of Line Club.
  • Flynn's office appears to contain the same couch as in the first film, and still has a parking meter in it. The hand-held video game Flynn briefly played in the first film can be seen on the couch in the arcade basement.
  • In TRON, Flynn's Arcade was located on Watseka St. The surrounding neighborhood has changed in the 30 years since. There is now a freeway bridge in the background, and the arcade is on Mead St.
  • FACTUAL ERROR: In the arcade scene, when Sam finds his father's office underground, the picture of Kevin Flynn holding baby Sam is really a picture of Garret Hedlund (Sam's actor) holding another child in his lap. You can obviously see Garret's haircut and nose.
  • In the opening scene to Legacy, the home footage of Sam and his mother is incorrect. The video was taken before Sam's mom passed away in a car accident, making Sam less than two years old. He appears to be around seven years of age in the video. This was originally cut from the movie, because the filmmakers decided to have Sam's mother die whilst he was still quite young. Sam was born in 1983; the video was taken in or prior to 1985.

External Links

References

  1. Barry, Richard (1999-7-24). Pixar Studios to remake Disney's Tron?, ZDNet, Retrieved on 2008-09-01.

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