Director Joseph Kosinski spoke to Collider about TRON 3. Another draft of the script will be completed in two weeks, and it will have "broader appeal."
"I think I’m two weeks away from getting the [next] draft.  This is a story we’ve been working on since 2009, so that’s four years now.  I’m really excited about the idea that we have for it.  I think it delivers on the promise that both Tron movies have made.  It opens the movie up, in a way that I think is going to give it a much broader appeal.  Whereas Tron [Legacy] really, ultimately, in the end, catered most to Tron fans, this idea broadens it some more, in really exciting ways…
It has a working title, yeah.  Tr3n will be our code name.  We have an idea, but nothing is set in stone yet.  We have some exciting ideas."


Yori Returns In TRON UPRISING...sort of...

      In the recent episode of TRON UPRISING,   "We Both Know How this Ends,"  Episode 12 of this Season 1, we get a brief cameo appearance of... Yori's costume... in some sort of 'glass' case. The character, Able, seems to have a fascination with the old "Grid" of the original TRON movie, and some sort of connection with "Tron."

Perhaps there is a story behind all this, and I would assume there is.

How did he get all these old Tron items, bits, old lightcycles, etc? How did he get Yori's uniform, or is that perhaps Yori in stasis? Perhaps she is actually in there, saved in some sort of digital pod, having received similar 'injuries' like TRON?  How did get hold of this? Does it mean anything at all? Perhaps so... we'll have to tune in to find out...


Tron 3: Expectations and Possibilities


The news is out: TRON 3 is in the works officially. So what should we expect? It appears a script was written or being written, and another writer has been hired to perhaps add to, or touch up the script. It could very well be that this new writer has been hired to enhance dialog, to flesh out relationships of the characters, or  other unknown details. While there are always expectations of fans, what might we really expect? 

Well, of course we'd like to see the return of certain characters, but are our expectations realistic? Are they logical? TRON LEGACY ends with the 'death' of  Kevin Flynn, or what appears to be his 'death,' one never knows in science fiction, perhaps he's still in that little flash drive Sam holds in his hand at the end. The  "character" of Quorra is now in the 'real world,' and we have the logical expectation that she will appear and meet characters in the 'real world.' 

We have characters we know she can meet which would perform logical functions in such a story, besides Sam.  Dan Shor, "Ram," Roy Kleinberg is a computer expert who can be trusted to study the Disc from the Grid that likely made its way through with Quorra, how this works we do not know, and whether or not it shows up merely as 'information' which is also on that little flash drive, "Ram" Kleinberg is the obvious hacker who could look at that data. He would be an obvious choice to be a technical exposition provider in the 'real world,' and if they invent a new character to perform this function, I'm out, I'm seriously opting out of the TRON 3 movie  completely. Not to involve original characters which would be obvious, and have 'younger, sexier' characters invented is simply stupid.  Cindy Morgan's character of  "Lora" is also obvious, as she is likely married to Alan Bradley, which we hope would be in the movie as well. He is not only Sam's 'surrogate' father, that might also mean that Cindy Morgan is Sam's 'surrogate mother,' as well, outside his own grandparents. Lora's logical function in the story, if our characters end up being even  remotely interested in the idea, once they learn of the 'GRID' and meet Quorra would be to be part of the investigation, whether it be Alan's personal inquiry, or an  official Encom investigation as to how all this might have happened technologically. (If they decide to go there in the story.) As shown to us in the Tron Legacy Prequel Comic story, Lora Bradley who may have gone to  Washington D.C. to lobby Congress for any number of reasons, whether it be Net Neutrality, the use of Encom tech in Drones, the unethical treatment of workers in  Lithium mines, we have no idea, could play a major role in conveying information which relates to the 'real world' situation involving Dillinger's potential schemes... Lora Bradley and Roy Kleinberg have many logical reasons to be in the story, and not simply there for cameo appearances. If they invent characters which basically replace these older characters, playing roles these older characters could have and should have very well played, then I'm ready to start bashing the film immediately for such stupid decisions, but we won't know until we get there.

Alan Bradley should obviously be in the story, and we would hope, play a major role, because if they decide ONCE AGAIN not to have "TRON" himself, well, why are they still calling this "TRON," and if not, they better have Alan Bradley. David Warner, if they can film this movie before he leaves this world, is the logical antagonist, and with his son, we have the possibility of a nice antagonist plot, which could have twists... will his son ultimately be his ally or his enemy? What evil plot might Dillinger be concocting? Possibly another megalomaniacal scheme involving 'control' of technology, today we have DRONES, the internet, any number of things which could have thrilling and real world consequences to put our characters in jeopardy and keep the audience riveted. Well written plot ideas which connect younger audiences with older ones might include the older generation of hackers, Roy and Alan, with their philosophical comment on today's technology, and younger  hackers, Dillinger Jr, and Sam and their worldview. Quorra gets thrown into the mix to open up a whole new world of questions and possibilities. If this sequel ends up being  nothing more but another rehash action flick, it could be the most disappointing and wasted opportunity in cinema history.  

We also have the possibility of adding even more current events into the mix, by adding Peter Jurasik, "CROM," also known in the real world as the User, "Mr. Henderson," from Wall Street. We know nothing of him, other than that back in the 80s, he was into the Savings and Loan business, and his program CROM was  usurped by the MCP. Possibly, Mr. Henderson could be up to new tricks by screwing with Wall Street computers, the Stock Market, and even being in cahoots with Ed Dillinger, and if David Warner doesn't make it to the year 2014, well we still have this great actor, Peter Jurasik kicking around, who could very well play that major villain.

What will Quorra's role be in the real world? Will our familiar characters, Alan, Roy, Lora, Sam do something with this new revelation of the 'GRID,' and what will  it mean to our antagonists, if they find out about it? What will they do with it/about it? "TRON" himself is somewhere on some hard drive, and it could very well be that he could be resurrected to fight his way inside the computer to defeat some diabolical plot hatched by Dillinger in the real world with some new computerized scheme.
Perhaps there is some aspect of Quorra that is significant to Dillinger that he can use in some master-control project, aimed at taking control of some systems, and only TRON can get to it, inside the internet, inside the world of systems in the data, within the computers.  

Perhaps a whole new version of the "GRID" will be introduced, possibly the idea of a Grid which is somehow more like the internet, rather than an isolated system,  and Lora, Alan and Sam must build a new laser system to transfer people or make it possible for people to get back inside for reasons integral to the plot. We hope  that these elements are not ignored by the new writers, but once again, we won't know until we get there. We would hope that just as TRON LEGACY made comment on our modern world and it's technology, that TRON 3 will attempt to take it even further, and not simply give us a cheap sequel with 'just enough action' and 'new  devices' to simply sell another movie.


Tron and the Future


Bruce Boxleitner, member of the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, who also played Captain John Sheridan on the television series Babylon 5, and as we all know, "Tron," has often pointed out in interviews that science fiction inspires people to create and develop technology from "the dream that it gives us." Many scientists and engineers at NASA were, for instance, greatly inspired by Star Trek and Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Science fiction writers often imagine different kinds of technology which might exist in the future, and they also imagine scenarios in which this technology might be used by the characters they also create. One of the motivations for science fiction writers to imagine such possibilities is simply the desire for a 'better future.' The advancement of technology represents 'the future' in many people's minds because through time we see society change through various improvements and advancements in various kinds of technology.

Early in the 20th Century, people dreamed of flying cars, jet-packs, vast utopian cities, computers, robots and interplanetary travel, they imagined that all of this would have most certainly been invented by the year 2000. The truth is that the technology for all these things actually was all invented, but never widely implemented. What all these people dreamed of was a 'better future,' likely because as always, the present is full of problems, and technology we always hope may help solve those problems. A jet-pack or a flying car may represent more personal freedom, but as those things were actually invented, the 'vision' of the future never really happened, and while many writers imagined all these amazing 'things,' they didn't really consider the human dimension to 'the future,' and those who did were writing about futures which were not so happy. George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and Ray Bradbury for instance, wrote about those same kinds of futures, only where all these developments in technology were used against people. The convergence of all the technologies of their time were imagined to come together and make life worse, and as it has turned out the more negative science fiction visions have come true more so than the positive visions of the future.

We have all the things that the science fiction writers dreamed of, but we never came close to the utopian dream of 'The Jetsons' or Star Trek, and most of the technology we have today has come about as a reflection of a kind of collective state of humanity. We do not have robot drones doing our laundry, the initial use of drones is for killing people. We do not have jet-packs or flying cars, we have monster-size gasoline burning vehicles that have GPS tracking devices, and little black boxes that shut your car off if you don't pay the bills. The future imagined by past sci-fi writers is actually getting further and further away each day, and currently any technology or invention that might 'change the world' is carefully controlled, sometimes hidden, banned or abandoned because it actually might, or most often, it does not cater to the whims of the people which are also carefully monitored and influenced by the companies which have the power to create these technologies.

Our own state of culture dictates what technologies we have, and if we are restrictive, oppressive, and violent, that is the kind of technologies we will also have. Technologies reflect our state of mind, our state of cultural being, and if we live a certain way, our technologies will follow. There is scarcely a device or machine or any kind of technology that hasn't already been invented, or at the very least, drafted, tested, but then often abandoned, thrown away, covered-up, or banned. Some for good reason, some for no good reason. Technology simply reflects the state of the User, and if we are unthinking, selfish and unreasonable, so will our technology be as well.

TRON suggests many things about us and our technology, and in 1982, it offered a concept and illustrated a possibility, that of the dream of the personal computer revolution, which would help 'free us' and give people another great tool to create a better future. The conflicts in the story suggested many of the conflicts we now are faced with here in the future year of 2012. Unfortunately, after 30 years of trying this out, we have come to see that this vision of the future is beginning to be restricted. Previously, because IBM and Xerox either had no imagination or they couldn't see the money-making potential of the personal computer or the internet, it took Apple and Microsoft to come along and give us what we now see overwhelmingly influence us every day. Today however, after 30 years of developing this technology, we see that Apple and Microsoft, among the major internet companies such as Google, the new wave of development of this technology has come under the same purview that was IBM and Xerox of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, and that is that they will control and dispense the technology that we shall experience and use, and today, Google and Apple control the experience of computers and the internet, our computers, our internet. They, like IBM and Xerox prior to the PC revolution, cannot see what the next phase of development is, nor are they interested in pursuing it. In TRON LEGACY, it is clearly illustrated that the representatives of the PC and internet revolutions, TRON and CLU, have become evil. We got our personal computers, we got our internet, but now those same two things have begun to turn around and be the opposite of freedom and creativity, they are beginning to reach into our lives and control us, they are turning your personal computers, and smart devices, and your use of the internet into their mainframe, their MCP, their control mechanism to be used against you. Things can be turned around, and as technology reflects us, there you have the visions, not of the positive science fiction authors, but the ones predicted by Orwell.

In TRON LEGACY, we see the heroes must fight against this 'turning to the dark side' of their former revolutionary heroes, and perhaps it's all because WE have lost our way. TRON and CLU are our programs, and they seem to have gotten away from us. The original spirit of TRON was a free system, and increasingly every day, this is just simply no longer the case. What we must do now with our technology is what we must do with ourselves as well. If we do not see this, the implied nightmare of CLU (or the MCP) making it off the GRID and coming into our world to control and destroy us, would in effect take away our technology from us, and create a nightmare so awful, it would likely be more like the TERMINATOR or the MATRIX. It may not take the form of artificial intelligence, it may simply be that the ENCOMs of the world decide to enslave the human race.

There are opportunities out there right now, even still, to not only stop this from happening, but to have yet another PC or Internet revolution, and looking back at the last 30 years, I would argue that there is no other way, the technology that is now being turned against us must be part of that new PC/Internet Revolution. It can even take the form of the purely capitalistic, another money making venture, but we are beginning to see that Apple and Google, the very greed-filled industry that profitted from the PC/Internet Revolution wants nothing to do with, which oddly, doesn't make sense, but it is what it clearly occuring. These companies have become what Steve Jobs and Bill Gates once called the old dinosaurs back in the 70s, they have become what they had to stand up to in order to be what they are today, and they refuse to change and be a part of the next tech revolution, they would more like to CONTROL that revolution, but looking back at the last 30 years, you can see that it came about because of the arrogant ambition and challenge seeking Steve Jobs, the spirit of revolting against IBM and Xerox, it came about from the people's desire for freedom from having to sign on to a mainframe and using 'allowed programs' and waiting turns and being 'denied access.' Now this is beginning to be how the internet works, and it isn't IBM's fault.

It may appear to the average person that the iPad and the iPod and the iPhone are the latest and greatest and only computer-internet devices and platforms in existence out there, and it may appear to the average person that only Apple and Google know anything, or do anything, or create anything, but this isn't the case. They may have control of the market, like IBM once did long ago, but they are seemingly not paying attention to the 'computer geeks' of the 21st Century. They also can't see how to make money off of what could be the next 30 year cycle, because they are not innovating any more, just like IBM, but what was inconceivable to IBM back in the 70s, ("why would the average person want or need a computer?") now applies to these overbearing fossils, Google, and Apple. They are not implementing the most cutting edge developments, though what they roll out to the public seems cutting edge, it is merely the latest packaging designed with 10 new control mechanisms and user-control agreements which prevent anybody from using stuff without their consent, or knowledge, they want to know what you're doing with your computer technology and they want to be able to own or control that. That's not what computers are for!

There are plenty of people working on all sorts of new things, but like the 70s, like little shy Steve Wozniaks, they have no idea that what they have is the next revolution, they're not sure if what they have is anything at all, they're not entirely aware that their latest little nerd-obsession is going to change the world, the only difference between IBM of the 70s and Apple and Google of 2012, is that IBM wasn't spying on every single person in the country. This raises all sorts of concerns, but I won't get into that in this article, the point is, there actually are pioneers out there, working diligently, and slightly oblivious to what they actually have and what it means, and meanwhile Apple and Google are most certainly not going to be implementing these things in their latest iPads and smartphones or tablets, the only things they are concerned with are more control of their customers, they're not concerned with freeing them.

What TRON LEGACY as well as the old TRON represents is the spirit and direction of that tech revolution, which we may go through over and over and over again until the end of time, it is the spirit of the freedom of the User, vs. the inevitable control mechanisms that come about from the greedy and overconfident monsters which pop up when new technology is created and developed. If you are an innovator, it is likely you don't work for Google or Apple today, if you're an Investor, you'd be better off looking toward the future, and for these new and unique "Wozniaks" of today, and you'd be better off becoming your own new Steve Jobs, but as a warning, see what happened? Do you see how the cycle goes? The people who wanted to use computers in the 60s may have had to sign up for 'computer time' on some mainframe, but they dreamed of having their own, today, people begrudgingly use Facebook and Google, and they use iPads or Androids or whatever is currently in fashion, but they secretly dream of something new that gives them more freedom, the technology for this new revolution is as unnoticed and ignored as was the Altair by IBM in the old days, expect Google and Apple to come up with the 'next big thing' and you'll miss out on it, and you'll fail to be a part of the next tech revolution which is already a few days overdue in its inception.

The Users are the center of it all, and now that the control of the Users is getting so tight, and restrictive, it simply pushes the vapors through the cracks, and under the door, you can't stop it, the time has come, fight for the Users, let the next tech revolution begin, it will be a great oversight and shock to the Googles and Apples of the world, but it must be, or we face those science fiction scenarios which, at this point, if we slide into in this next decade, it means the genres of the apocalyptic scene, it means Skynet, it means killer robots, it means Blade Runner, it means Escape from New York. It will make William Gibson novels look like the Jetsons.

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In many interviews, Cindy Morgan has compared TRON to THE WIZARD OF OZ, the idea that the characters in 'the real world' have alter egos in 'another world.' This comparison is intriguing because it takes TRON a step beyond the simple concept that people working on computers have 'cyberspace' alter-egos, or avatars as they are called. The concept of 'avatar' comes from the Hindu belief that a god can incarnate into a human being, and operate in a sense as one from 'on high.' In the 'electronic world,' the 'real people' are called Users, as they are the actual users of computer software, but these sentient programs believe them to be like gods. The 'electronic world' or cyberspace as we might call it today is somewhat of an ambiguous concept in TRON, but it isn't accidental.

Inside the 'computer' as it is presented to us, it would seem both literal and digital, the landscapes are a cross between three-dimensional renderings of video games of the time, but also a kind of microscopic physical landscape of circuit boards and wires. The ideas are blurred a little between the purely digital and the 'nanoscopic.' These beings inside the computer are truly the 'little people' of ages past, they are in a sense digital elves, doing the bidding of the Users, running about performing tasks on the other side of the screen like tiny elemental spirits.

In folklore, the "Little People" also known as the elves, the fairies, gnomes, brownies and countless other names, are a mysterious group of mythical beings who exist in some way as if on another plane of reality. W.Y. Evans-Wentz and Thomas Keightley have written extensively academic studies of the folklore of fairies and elves, and in many of the stories they collected in their books, one finds a common one, "those who return from Faerie." Also called "Fey" and "Fairyland,' among many other names, the tales are told of people who have travelled afar to the 'other realm,' the land of the elves. "Somtimes one may thus go to Faerie for an hour or two; or one may remain there for seven, fourteen or twenty-one years..." [Evans-Wentz] The stories often tell of a man who disappeared for a time, and lived with the Fairies, often revealing a moral or some lesson that is learned. It is likely that it is no coincidence that our hero is named Flynn, a very Irish name indeed.

In TRON, this idea that a man is sucked into a computer is generally considered a pretty silly idea, and obviously a science fiction plot device, so that he can end up in 'another world.' The most interesting thing about this, is that it has taken the thing itself, the computer, and made it the 'other world.' Technology is suggested as a 'habitat' for 'little people' who live in 'cyberspace,' another world where strange adventures can be had. What is more interesting is that the metaphors work so well, and that the tale of TRON is essentially a 'fairy tale,' literally, it is the story of Kevin O. Flynn and the "Little People" inside the computer.

As usual, our little fairy-folk are like little workers, doing their duty inside the machine, and as elves are little machinists and builders and technologists themselves, this relationship to fairy-tales gets more and more amusing as one looks into it. The Little People have their politics, and they drink the invisible nectar floating in nature, they sometimes have wars and conflicts, and in this case, the Herle-king is SARK. The MCP works magnificently as the mysterious and 'hidden' dark Lord who is incorporeal, like Pan. The Herle-king, or Herlaquen, is the Chief of all the elves, and is usually a pretty bad guy. Stringing the elves along like slaves to do bad things to mankind. In this digital fairy tale, Flynn comes along and uncovers the whole plot, and is there at the right time to help. Of course, what is even more interesting is that the Little People in TRON look up to humans like gods, while in myths, most often it is the humans who mistake the fairies for gods. This is a new spin, and when technology is taken into account, it has a whole new sense to it.

In TRON LEGACY, Flynn has been away for many years, another common tale of the man who is trapped in the land of Fey. His son comes to break him out. All of these are tales to be found in the folkore. Writers like Evans-Wentz were fascinated by fairie-lore for one of the ideas he uncovered in Buddhism was the possibility that these 'little people' or 'fairies' were parts of the subconscious, which could today be described as operating much the way the invisible scripts on computers work, or 'daemons' as they are often called. Perhaps these Little Programs and the tale of Kevin Flynn are suggesting something even deeper. Perhaps the story when taken as Little People inside the mind, rather than the computer presses another issue, that of course our brains are very much like computers (or rather...since the brain came first: the computers are very much like a brain.) Perhaps unwittingly we design and build the computers out of the depths of our unconscious, and they begin to take shape--though not as a literal brain, but 'the mind.' The mind is something not exactly quantified by science, and is thus, 'an invisible' and intangible thing, but if there were rules, if there were protocols and a mechanics to the operation of the mind, it would be like the complexity of an operating system which is not made of wires and electronic circuits but ones and zeroes... and perhaps the mind has a similar counterpart. Since we don't know, we guess, we write myths, we tell tales, and we speculate, and we speculate comparatively... so in this case, perhaps TRON is also giving us another dimension here to ponder.

TRON is truly a modern fairy tale, in the most ancient sense of fairy tales. It takes us way back, long before Grimms storybook tales, to the almost mystical and original fairy-tales. It blends technology, literally and figuratively, with fairy tale lore, while also bringing many other issues to the table. Perhaps this is why it will last many generations, perhaps longer than Star Wars and the Matrix because of its universality, because it will continue to mean something as we continue to develop our technology and our minds, and we'll keep going back and referring to TRON.


Re-Rezzolutions: A Special Interview with Cindy Morgan for Yori Lives

Yori Lives proudly presents "Re-Rezzolutions" a special interview with Cindy Morgan. We get to ask her about the making of TRON, the character of Yori/Lora, her work on the video game TRON 2.0, deleted scenes and more.

Thanks for supporting YORI LIVES, this interview is a gift back to the fans who have supported the cause since it began, Cindy Morgan is grateful for the support and hopes as we all do that these characters of Yori or Lora will find a 'resolution' in the next chapter of TRON.

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