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Disney Plans Tron Remake

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the milking-it-dry dept.

Sci-Fi 434

blkmagic writes "Sci Fi Wire is reporting that Disney will remake Tron. The original article was in Variety, but requires a pay subscription, unless you want to sign up for a 14-day free trial. The article didn't mention what stage they're at, but sounds like they're changing the story a bit (surprise). I loved the original when I was younger (and still watch it again once in a while), so I don't know how I feel about this one!"

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fpppfpfp (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349768)

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Disney to Fuc^H^H^HRemake Tron (5, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349770)

I loved the original when I was younger (and still watch it again once in a while), so I don't know how I feel about this one!"

I don't like to think of myself as a snob, but I was tech savvy enough back at that time that the dumbing of computer terms (and the preposterous fantasy) tried my patience. The graphic effects were good, but that was about all there was for me to enjoy about the flik. So let's speculate about what could be put into such a remake of the film...

Worms and Virii infest the computer and are blasted with some McAfee ray

An evil spam king is sentenced to /dev/null until 0>1

The conceptual depiction of Microsoft Windows security is a hole Rama could pass through with a defaced tin sign by the entrance saying [UNAuthorized Proceses Only Beyond This Point]

Dee Arrum is a cute, cuddly Pooh-bearish creature who befriends the intrepid party and only wants what is best for everyone

Bugs will only be the result of users installing unathorised software

The central processor will have a huge ice pack on its head and complain of constant overclocking pains

Plugs for Disney partners will be throughout (i.e. Intel Inside)

Re:Disney to Fuc^H^H^HRemake Tron (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349868)

Ha! I'm sure Disney will continue to dumb down computer terms, but not to the degree that they'd start using the "word" virii, instead of the proper word viruses (or simply the Latin uncountable virus, or virions if they're going to depict individual "units"). :-P

Re:Disney to Fuc^H^H^HRemake Tron (5, Funny)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349885)

It's a great film to have a running commentary on. For instance, when Clu is about to kiss Yori, a friend of mine pointed out, "He better check his permissions."

Just Make a Reboot Movie (4, Interesting)

Erioll (229536) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349932)

Reboot [reboot.com] was a more "fun" idea of computers. Should just make THAT into a movie, rather than spoiling an old classic.

I liked tron, but I can't see how they'll retain the "feel" of the original. I won't say it's impossible, but it just seems like they're setting people up for disappointment.

Erioll

Warning: incoming court battle. (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350051)

Warning: incoming game. Warning: incoming game.

The computer animated series Reboot was the first to introduce the purple game cube [google.com] . It appears Mainframe let the rights to that phrase slip away to Nintendo [google.com] , and Nintendo might sue if any future Reboot has a "game cube".

Re:Warning: incoming court battle. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11350140)

Maybe Mainfram Entertainment should sue for the name based on prior art.

Just what is needed... another court battle.

If I coudl Mod, I'd Mod that Interesting! (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350055)

Reboot was a more "fun" idea of computers. Should just make THAT into a movie, rather than spoiling an old classic.

Interesting. Certainly moreso than I think a Tron remake could be.

I liked tron, but I can't see how they'll retain the "feel" of the original. I won't say it's impossible, but it just seems like they're setting people up for disappointment.

The old movie only works for me as 'camp', like watching B horror flix from the 50's. You can choose to laugh when a shoe sticks out from under the monster suit just like when you hear outdated 'jargon', or terms which were made up by writers who thought computers were only big boxes with flashing lights a reels of tape, which are seriously dated.

Re:Disney to Fuc^H^H^HRemake Tron (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349955)

Vir-what? How cringy do you think I am now?

Microsoft sponsored and approved! (2, Funny)

Wrexs0ul (515885) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350118)

When the credits list Clippy as a co-star you know we're in trouble:

"It looks like you're trying to stop the evil chess program, would you like to..."

I wonder if he'll be voiced by the same guy that did Jar-Jar.

-Matt

Tron Redux (1, Informative)

slashnutt (807047) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349772)

Good thing for bugmenot someone has already registered the link for us and latest newsflash tron guy [tronguy.net] gets a job!

I just hope they don't reuse the name Tron; do like Apocalypse Now did on a remake adding the word Redux to the title.

Re:Tron Redux (1)

Masami Eiri (617825) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349855)

Apocalypse Now: Redux wasn't a remake, it was an extended version.

Re:Tron Redux (1)

slashnutt (807047) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350012)

Oops a play on words.

Deux in french means two so I thought it was a play on words where RE - 2 meant that it was kindof like version 2.

Yet I looked up the definition: redux(postnominal) - brought back. Which is goofy on a remake yet would be good for somthing like Tron 2.0 like a poster said later - no.

Re:Tron Redux (1)

ShaniaTwain (197446) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349876)

Whatever happened to Tron 2.0? I thought they we're already making that *and* the video game tie-in, but the movie was dumped.. Are they just reviving 2.0?

Re:Tron Redux (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11350038)

Hey, jackass, do you even know what 'redux' means? AN:R was NOT a remake, you inbred fucktwat!

Poor choice for a remake. (5, Insightful)

slusich (684826) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349773)

In my opinion, a lot of the appeal of the first movie was in the "Wow" factor of it. Computers were not nearly as ubiquitous as they are today. Video games were a huge rage, but still mostly confined to the arcade.
With all of the CGI enhanced movies being done today, great special effects won't have the same impact.
There will certainly be some draw based on nostalgia, however I think that will lead mostly to disappointment.

Re:Poor choice for a remake. (1)

amstrad (60839) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349947)

You're right, Tron is too simplistic. Instead they need to make a movie based on much newer games like Tomb Raider, Resident Evil and Doom. Those movie will ROCK!

Seriously though, how often are remakes not big huge disappointments? Hollywood will only stop making them when people stop going to see them. I think people who go and see a movie that is a remake or a sequel for nostalgic purposes are the reason we have so many bad movies in the theater right now.

BTW, I'm guilty. I went to see Ocean's Twelve recently. Oh why did I do that?

Re:Poor choice for a remake. (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350131)

Ocean's Twelve is AFAIK not a remake, but a followup (which doesn't mean it can't be just as bad, of course).

For remakes, the name is often the same as the original film, so I can imagine that quite a few people just see the title of the original film in the cinema programme, think that's what they'll get, and only find out the mistake after the film started.

Re:Poor choice for a remake. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349950)

Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

Re:Poor choice for a remake. (1)

nine-times (778537) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349968)

Not only that, but I find a lot of things in the original movie much more forgivable given that it was made in the '80s when people were much more naive about these magical boxes we call 'computers'. Now, since computers are so ubiquitous and people have a better understanding of what they really are, it seems like, without a *severe* rewrite, the story just wouldn't fly.

Re:Poor choice for a remake. (4, Insightful)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349971)

In my opinion, a lot of the appeal of the first movie was in the "Wow" factor of it.

You put your finger on it. I remember hearing on the Tron DVD that they were wanting to do "Tron 2" (as a movie) and thinking "what is the point?"

Tron was never a great movie; visually it was outstanding (I don't want to repeat myself, so click here [slashdot.org] ), but if they were to do a sequel it would have to replicate the visual impact. The still images of the proposed "Tron 2" looked like pretty computer graphics that could have been done anywhere.

A remake or a sequel would have to try very hard to do justice to the original and be fresh and innovative; the best way to do that would be to do some great visuals, combine it with a more sophisticated (for todays' audiences) computer-based plot, and create something like.... 'The Matrix'. Oops.

I agree 100%. Tron was a landmark movie in some ways, but things have moved on, and I'm not sure what they want to get out of this. People *will* be disappointed, and kids will wonder what the deal is.

Yah, they should do Logan's Run (2, Interesting)

agent (7471) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350124)

Yah, they should do Logan's Run
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074812/
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Peace.
- Yoshimi (employee 0)
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...hm (5, Insightful)

JaffaKREE (766802) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349775)

You know what'd be crazy ?

A new movie. Like with new ideas. That'd be crazy.

Re:...hm (1)

jrod2027 (809997) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349905)

There's a 68.71 percent chance you're right.

Re:...hm (2, Insightful)

potus98 (741836) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349926)


You know what'd be crazy ? A new movie. Like with new ideas. That'd be crazy.

Well sure, but Disney's not talking to Pixar anymore... :-(

Re:...hm (2, Informative)

TheFlyingGoat (161967) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349942)

Like...

this? [imdb.com]
or this? [imdb.com]
possibly even this? [imdb.com]

And those are just the good movies. But you're right.. generalizations are fun.

Re:...hm (2, Insightful)

TrippTDF (513419) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350016)

First and foremost, You've got good taste in film. I like that.

however, I think the parent is getting at lack of original sci-fi in film, which there is a lack of. The only thing jumping out at me right now as original is Sky Captain, which wasn't a juge hit.

I'll get flamed for saying this I'm sure, but Sci-fi does not have the same wide appeal as any of the movies, for example, you just named... You need something to hook people, something they can relate to based on something they have already seen. That's why all Sci-Fi or fantasy is coming out of things that already exist.

or maybe Hollywood really is out of ideas...

Re:...hm (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11350141)

You truly are a fag.

Re:...hm (1)

TheWickedKingJeremy (578077) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349988)

You know what'd be crazy? A new movie. Like with new ideas. That'd be crazy.

But, the comic-book genre hasn't been milked to depletion yet! The sheep are busy grazing on Daredevil and Elektra at the moment, and there are dollars that need to be extracted before any other marketing efforts can be coordinated... please try again later.

Re:...hm (2, Funny)

hunterx11 (778171) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350004)

"We need some original ideas. Get out your TVs."

Sure, this is a movie, but you get the point.

first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349780)

first post from maryland !!!!

George? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349784)

Did Lucas call them up with an idea?

Re:George? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349843)

Yes, he's trying to sell Jar-Jar to Disney.

I know what you're thinking (1)

dcarey (321183) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349785)

There is no mention of Jeff Bridges being considered.

Anyone know whether he's mentioned whether or not he'd do something like that from past interviews?

Re:I know what you're thinking (1)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350108)

They gave him a pager, but if they call during league play... [shakes head]

Re:I know what you're thinking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11350115)

Big Tron Lebowski, hmmm.....

Last post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349787)

Last Post! For now

Classic (1)

bytor4232 (304582) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349789)

Tron was such a classic. I always thought the movie aged "pretty" well considering. It would be interesting to see who they get to play Tron. Anybody but Orlando Bloom.

Oh yeah, and f/p

Re:Classic (1)

Roland Piquepaille (780675) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349886)

Tron was such a classic. I always thought the movie

That could well be this new remake's problem. Most cult films' sequels never fare very well compared to the originals, and many end up antagonizing fans of the originals, even when they're well made.

Let's hope the Tron remake lives up to its promises...

No! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349792)

You sick sad monkeys. Leave it alone. Go remake one of your other crappy movies. Like oh...Snow White or Sleeping Beauty.

Original Stories? (2)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349912)

You sick sad monkeys. Leave it alone. Go remake one of your other crappy movies. Like oh...Snow White or Sleeping Beauty.

How about doing orginal stories? Seems those have done fairly well, particularly for Pixar, which when well done lead the audience into uncharted territory and are far more interesting.

Re:No! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349918)

Ah, usurping and perverting fairy tales and classical stories always work. The Grimm brothers and HC Andersen can always be raped again. Fuck, there are kids today who think Winnie The Pooh is a Disney cartoon character! Lucky you're not around to see what they've done to your bear, Mr Milne!

Yay for Disney, you rock! (5, Funny)

coupland (160334) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349793)

I think this is an excellent idea, another example of Disney's new groundbreaking philosophy. A groundbreaking... sequel. Get Eddie Murhpy in to do some voices, add a breakfast cereal tie-in, a trailer that only airs in front of one of their other loser movies, a McDonald's meal toy, and you're well on your way to a Disney classic!

Almost forgot, better hire Pixar to do the actual movie itself, Disney only does cross-promotional advertising now...

Funny? or add sarcasm and call it "Insightful" (1)

ansak (80421) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349896)

Also, see other posts about "new movies" with "new ideas".

And yeah, Pixar. But these intelligent chimps already decided not to keep distributing Pixar's product. I'll bet the re-sign bonus would break Disney's reserves.

cheers...ank

Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349796)

http://www.tronguy.net/TRONcostume/

What will he say about it?
Better yet, will he be offered to play a part?

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349957)

Yes, he gets to play a FAT partition.

And CGI? (3, Insightful)

fisheye1969 (842355) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349804)

I guess the graphics will be updated so much so that they won't look as fantastically "false" as they did originally. It was a subject so well suited to early CGI, that the new stuff doesn't cut it. Maybe this is one case where better CGI is actually worse?

Will Jeff Bridges be in it?

Re:And CGI? (1)

glowimperial (705397) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350138)

Maybe this time they will actually use CGI to make the movie. Due to the fact that the computers were not up to the job, 90% of the effects in the original that are passed off as CGI were actually hand done by illustrators and animators called in to cover the asses of the CGI crew. An animator associate of mine worked night shifts for months on Tron's animation, one frame at a time, using non-CGI techniques.

Variety text (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349809)


Text of Variety article, don't waste your time getting the free two week trial.
Mouse uploads 'Tron' redo 'Warrior' scribes feel '82 sci-fi pic is ripe for redo


By MICHAEL FLEMING, CATHY DUNKLEY

Disney has hired screenwriters Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal to fashion a remake of "Tron," the 1982 film about a computer programmer who gets sucked into the parallel world of a computer program.
The original pic, written and directed by Steven Lisberger, was considered ahead of its time, from its fixation with computer programming to its cutting-edge rotoscope graphics. Klugman and Sternthal, who just wrote the historical epic "Warrior" for Gavin O'ConnorGavin O'Connor to direct and Icon to produce, feel that the world has caught up with Lisberger's original concept, making it ripe for redo. It will be supervised by Brigham Taylor.

"It was remembered not only for story, but a visual style that nobody had ever used before," said Klugman, who recalls dumping many quarters into the arcade game spawned by the film. "We are contemporizing it, taking these ideas that were ahead of the curve and applying them to the present, and we feel the film now has a chance to resonate with a young audience."

Sternthal said the new conceit is that the computer programmer gets trapped in a cyberworld, so that the film can utilize the Internet.

"In a lot of ways, ('Tron') was a movie about a man venturing into hell. Our job will be to keep the humanity as he ventures into an unreal world."

The scribes take the job as they near an end to writing "Black Cat," based on the 1940s Harvey comicbook character of a stuntwoman who becomes a vigilante on the streets of Los Angeles. Michael Uslan produces the pic to be directed by Chuck RussellChuck Russell.


There you go, and I beat Garcia to first post.

Another Comic Book Movie?!?!? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349865)

The scribes take the job as they near an end to writing "Black Cat," based on the 1940s Harvey comicbook character of a stuntwoman who becomes a vigilante on the streets of Los Angeles.

Cripes. Fantastic Four and Elektra coming out this year, probably another Batman and who knows what else.

Yet it seems the most successful super hero pic was the Incredibles, which wasn't preceded by a comic.

At least March 30th [pendragonpictures.com] is coming along...

So confused (1, Troll)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349813)

On one hand Disney is part of the Evil Trinity (Disney, Microsoft and the Roman Catholic Church).

On the other hand Tron is still a great movie to watch. A decent storyline, very good graphics (even by todays standards), action, mystery, the works.

I'm so confused.

Evil Disney details (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349867)

If you're new to Slashdot:
To learn more about why 'smooth wombat' included The Walt Disney Company in an "Evil Trinity", you can read some background information at Losing Nemo [losingnemo.com] .

Re:Evil Disney details (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350027)

Maybe you missed something... Miramax Films, property of Disney, has made many anti-catholic movies, or movies that go against catholic morals. http://www.indiewire.com/biz/biz_990623_briefs.htm l [indiewire.com]

Search for "Miramax catholic" on google to get an idea. Of course, this only shows more of disney's hidden agenda [geocities.com] .

Re:Evil Disney details (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350099)

Miramax Films, property of Disney, has made many anti-catholic movies, or movies that go against catholic morals

I used to have some right-wing arguments on Losing Nemo, but then people claimed that despite what Disney has done to the intellectual commons, they would support Disney because they like Miramax's anti-Catholicism and Disney's "Gay Day".

Re:So confused (1)

jwilcox154 (469038) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349906)

" On one hand Disney is part of the Evil Trinity (Disney, Microsoft and the Roman Catholic Church)."

Don't you mean "On one hand Disney is part of the Evil Trinity (Disney, Microsoft and Mc Choke 'n Puke?" ;)

Maybe Lucas will be hired to direct it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349815)

That way, another childhood memory can be destroyed.

Disney product placement (2, Funny)

SunFan (845761) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349837)


"Hey, this Frisbee brand disc really gives me the game I need to win! All kids should have one of these!"

"This re-engergizing river takes just like crisp refreshing Sprite!"

"Back home, I had a game on my Microsoft X-Box 2 that was just like this Tron bike race!"

Hey, Disney, lay off for a while, so our kids can grow up!

New tecnology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349838)

I find it intruiging. Allways exciting to see what the new technology can bring into the movie. And this one is extra interesting I think. Would love to see how they handle this one.

Enough with the remakes already! (5, Insightful)

OmegaBlac (752432) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349841)

Why don't they make a sequel? There is no reason to go back and muck around with a film that doesn't need mucking around with.

Re:Enough with the remakes already! (1)

Eclypser (618863) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349972)

Perhaps you don't understand how sequels work. They are in fact the exact same movie redone in reverse. The main character's flaws from the first film are just realized in some other character.
So call it a sequel. It doesn't actually make a difference.

Tron (4, Funny)

Skiron (735617) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349847)

For those that don't know, the film was named after the computer command 'Trace on' (as opposed to Troff).

Looking at the current situation, will Disney call it Pr0n?

Re:Tron (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349943)

Just to avoid confusion - troff the text formatter's name is from "typesetter roff", which is from "roff" , which is from "runoff", which was from the phrase "run off a copy".

Re:Tron (1)

Skiron (735617) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349989)

Which has nothing to do with 'Troff' (Trace off) which was the opposite of 'Tron'.

Re:Tron (3, Interesting)

MalachiConstant (553800) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350060)

Bzzt. It was short for elecTRONic. The filmakers didn't find out till later that it was also a real computer term.

Tron 2.0 -- the game (1)

andy55 (743992) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349850)

For any tron fans out there, buena vista interactive and disney partnered to make the game "Tron 2.0". The game not only beautiful, it has multiplayer/net lightcycles that're a total hoot. It's totally worth the $40, especially if you've always been a tron fan. The game is available for Mac OS as well as windows.

Although the 3D engine is the HL engine (not sure though), they spent a *lot* of time on the solo-play story line, a very unique gameplay feel, and visual detail. If you look at some of the screenshots, they did a great job of replicating the tron world, using textures in very creative and interesting ways.

tron 2.0 official site [tron20.net]

Game fan/story site [visualwalkthroughs.com]

Re:Tron 2.0 -- the game (1)

Mr. Bad Example (31092) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349899)

> It's totally worth the $40

It's even more worth the $10 or $15 you can find it for online these days. Check it out.

Re:Tron 2.0 -- the game (1)

Mondoz (672060) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350094)

The quality of this game is the _only_ thing that doesn't make me abandon all hope for this project.

I liked how the game incorporated newer technology ideas that weren't around back then, yet stayed truthful to the Tron universe.

The bit that does worry me is the mention of wanting to appeal to a younger audience. I really hope they don't dumb it down, or add some goofy sidekick product-tie in character.
I wish Disney could make animated films without demanding that at least one character is there to hold the attention of toddlers.

Re:Tron 2.0 -- the game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11350116)

naah. it took me less than a week, playing for maybe an hour a night, to beat the game, then go through it, a second time, making sure that i hadn't missed anything.

the physics engine was annoying, the gameplay was anything but open-ended, the light-cycles were annoying, and the game has virtually zer0 replay value.

OTOH, the graphics were good, the narration was well done, and there were a few easter-eggs (leftovers from the debugging/playtetsing phase, i'd guess) which made my third pass (with a debugger and hex-editor) a bit interresting... for an added evening's entertainment.

it's been collecting dust since a week after i bought it, though.

I hope the graphics are low-tech cool (5, Interesting)

tinrobot (314936) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349869)

I loved Tron because they used really good design to overcome the extremely low-tech tools they had at their disposal. The result was a "inside the computer" world that looked computer-like.

Now we have movies like The Matrix, where they go inside a computer and it looks like San Francisco.

I hope the new Tron remake doesn't got too overboard and make things look too 'realistic.' I'm kind of sick of CGI that looks real. I have real every day.

New plot (5, Funny)

brandonY (575282) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349880)

The evil Computer P1R473Z are downloading the system's IP. Now, the brave and bold hero must digitize himself and take on the P1R473Z on their own turf. Without his lawyers, armed with only spam and pluck, our hero must contend with giant P2P tanks which shoot torrets of bits. Can our hero stop them before innocent set-builders and writers lose their jobs due to IP theft?

In other news, Tron guy.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349884)

just pitched a tent in his little tron suit.

Sing after me... (1)

funkify (749441) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349890)

I got good fortune like Confucius in the House of Wong
I got orbital connects like Ground Control to Major Tom
With my pedal to the metal my tires smoke like Cheech and Chong
And I'm gettin upgrades like the user to TRON

creators planning planet/population 'remake'? (1)

already_gone (848753) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349897)

might as well, it's such a mess.

don't forget to consult with/trust in yOUR creators, operating on newclear power at the speed of right (which may appear to be a little slow at times) since/until forever. see you there?

From Disney's Golden Period (3, Funny)

scotay (195240) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349916)

These days, it may seem that Disney is nothing but crap merchants, but they used to have a quality period. Back in the days of The Black Hole, and The Barefoot Executive, Disney was known for quality dialog and compelling drama. A remake of Tron promises to rekindle the spirit of Disney quality in a whole new generation.

Tron is a great metaphor (1)

BillsPetMonkey (654200) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349917)

For open source. Linus should play Tron.

Hey if the Hollywood mincemeat machine has it's way, a game would come out and it would probably look just like Armagetron.

Bill Gates should play MCP. "MCP" sounds alarmingly like a Microsoft "Cert" doesn't it?

Re:Tron is a great metaphor (1)

bhaynes (777260) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350011)

You mean like this? MCP [microsoft.com]

Pixar involvement? (2, Informative)

Christopher Cashell (2517) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349922)

I know at one point I remember reading that this was being considered, and that Pixar might be involved. I recall that one of the high-up designers at Pixar said that Tron is the reason he got into the business, and that he'd love an opportunity to remake it.

I dunno if that'll happen, but I think there's a good chance it would end up a much better flick if Pixar ran with it. I'd be very curious to see what they could do.

Oh dear lord, NO!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349929)

Yet another story to be laid to ruins

At least keep the original music ... (1)

tschak (90399) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349933)

I hope that if Tron does get remade, the original synthesized & live orchestra blended musical score is kept. If you can find the CD, it's a blast to listen to (except for a few crappy Journey songs)

BTW, Wendy Carlos [wendycarlos.com] composed the sound track to Tron. She is also well know for doing the synthesized music in "A Clockwork Orange" and "The Shining"

Re:At least keep the original music ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11350105)

SHE? Don't you mean HE? True, he flipped his lid and chopped off some important bits, but Clockwork was done by Walter Carlos. Always has, always will be.

Re:At least keep the original music ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11350121)

She didn't do The Shining.

She did, however, team up with Weird Al to redo Tchaikovskii's Peter and the Wolf. Quite possibly the strangest duo performance in the history of the music industry.

what's wrong with the original? (1)

t1nman33 (248342) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349934)

There are some movies where, ok, it's such a work of art, or the story is such a classic, you can almost understand some director wanting to try his hand at it. It's like going to see Romeo and Juliet done by a different director: same story, different treatment.

But, c'mon, Tron stands just fine on its own. Watch the 20th Anniversary DVD and tell me, really, is it so out of date? Does it make you cringe? Or is it a perfectly fine movie?

So why remake it? Why not do a sequel instead? Is that so far-fetched?

Syd Mead (2, Interesting)

payndz (589033) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349940)

Just hope they keep Syd Mead's designs for all the original vehicles, or better yet, just hire the man himself to do updates. Mead's stuff rocks.

It won't be Tron without light cycles, Recognizers and those nifty asymetric tanks!

Subscription ? (1)

Aliencow (653119) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349945)

User agent switcher or the Opera equivalent, set User Agent to:
Googlebot/1.0 (googlebot@googlebot.com http://googlebot.com/)

Works for a bunch of sites..

Not as bad as other /.ers think (1)

AceCaseOR (594637) | more than 9 years ago | (#11349958)

Considering the quality (other slashdotters chuckle) of Pirates of the Carribiean, i oculd see this movie working. If anything, the Tron 2.0 video game did a good job of demonstrating that the core concepts and elements of the movie can still work in the present day.

A few thoughts on how the update could work.

  • Kevin Flynn (or the equivilent character) is a programmer in the Open Source community since he left/was terminated from the company. He still runs the arcade, as in the original.
  • MCP remains an Artificial Intelligence that used to be a Chess program.
  • The movie's locations can move beyond just the main server to perhaps Flynn needing to get a file from his home computer (FPS program perhaps?)
  • References to Linux and Windows terminology (yes, User's are powerful, but Administrator/Root is even more powerful)
  • Alan Bradley is a network administrator. However, Peter (Dillenger's lieutenant) would be his supervisor.
  • And, of course, slight changes in the games to reflect how the computer world, including gaming has changed since the early 80s (the "Vector graphic" look of the original for certain parts of the world, but for certain Games the look would change to reflect the game, somewhat). Not all of this would be stuff like first person shooters, RTS games, Racing games, and all that stuff. As a lot of employees play flash games at school/work, Flash games could be a part of this.

Such fond memories (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349963)

In the early 80s, I worked for a top secret hush hush subsidiary of a bigger supertop secret hush hush hush agency. I loved working with a Cray-1. But I loved our brand new VAXes running Ultrix(TM) too, and when after a month they were suddenly reverted to VMS. Why? Because of a dispute over whether we were an original licensee or a much cheaper sublicensee, and hahahaha we couldn't PROVE that we were a subsidiary, where's the documentation, they weren't going to take our word for it that it was a classified relationship, uh uh. Of course, many AT&T people were in the know, but hey, they weren't asked by their lawyers.

So several us guys, feeling kind of annoyed, went out and saw TRON. Evil Master Control Program and all that. Cray-1 cameo. We were pumped. We'll show them!

I saw it three more times that month. It remains the only movie I've seen more than once when it came out.

Within a week it was all cleared up. I never found out what the arrangement was. Presumably I didn't have the "need to know" cough cough.

Googlebot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11349979)

Just change your browsers user agent to googlebot ( Googlebot/2.1 (+http://www.googlebot.com/bot.html) ) to read the Variety article

Tron 2.0 the MOVIE (5, Interesting)

darkCanuck (751748) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350000)

I'm confused. Hollywood Stock Exchange has been selling Tron 2.0 stock [hsx.com] since September '99.

That's 2.0, not a remake.

They claim the director of Tron is writing the screenplay.

I really hope the HSX is right. Especially since I bought 50,000 shares @ $4.29.

Maybe they can call it . . . (2, Funny)

fr2asbury (462941) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350006)

Tron Reloaded?

Already Done? (1)

pope1 (40057) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350018)

Didn't we already get a remake?

Wasn't it called "The Matrix" ?

Is it 2001? (1)

dq5 studios (682179) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350020)

I had heard that they put the movie plans on hold shorty before the game's release and then when the game didn't sell as well as expected they dropped the idea of a movie completely.

http://slashdot.org/articles/01/07/29/0120249.shtm l [slashdot.org]

Disney Presents Tron-- Starring... (1)

toocoolforschool (848274) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350026)

...this guy [tronguy.net] .

CES Quote from the Movie (1)

jrod2027 (809997) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350036)

"If you've seen one Consumer Electronics Show, you've seen them all."

More quotes [imdb.com]

Banzai Buddy (1)

Eclypser (618863) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350052)

I've heard they have tapped the Banzai Buddy to play the bad guy.

By reading this message he has already reinfected your machine. {begin evil laugh}HA HA HA{/end evil laugh}

Re:Banzai Buddy (1)

subwarm (804336) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350130)

I was hoping for Dave Chappelle as the MCP.

"End of line, bitch!"

I'm Looking Forward To It (2, Informative)

TheFlyingGoat (161967) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350058)

I look at this a little differently than most of the posters so far. This could be absolutely terrible, which is a definite possibility given that Disney is doing it (without Pixar, for that matter :).

However, if it does end up being good and have a halfway decent story, it will bring a story that many of us have enjoyed for a long time to a new generation of fans. How many kids out there do you know of that have watched Tron? What about Cloak and Dagger? D.A.R.Y.L? These are classic movies that most people won't see unless they're redone and released again in theaters.

I'm looking forward to taking my niece to the movie, and having another 'geek' movie to watch with my wife (she LOVES LoTR). It's going to be tough to make it as good as the original, but I think that's fine as long as it's not completely awful.

Already done! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11350069)

They already have remade Tron. It got mixed reviews, although the consensus is that the quality and enjoyability dropped as the trilogy continued.

It was called "The Matrix". Anyone who doubts me can just compare the avatar of Neo's end boss in Revolutions to that of the Master Control Program in Tron.

Watch out for the MCP (2, Funny)

georgelucas (810713) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350083)

If i recall correctly the main problem faced by Tron was to defeat the dreaded MCP(Master Control Program). In Tron 2 or Tron "reloaded" as i will call it, tron will be faced with a new evil... The MCP(Microsoft Certified Professional). with his minimum salary being 60k + a year with no exp. he will be tough to stop!

Quit squeezing on past success. (1)

cbrichar (819941) | more than 9 years ago | (#11350110)

Yet another film wrapped in the safety net of a pre-existing fan base, good lord.

More often then not, these remakes (as well as the many gawdawful tv-to-film projects) are nothing more than blatant cash grabs that can be easily sold to production companies based on the fact that the fan base has already been established. Like many memorable movies, Tron was a success because it was incredibly creative as well as visually stunning for its time. In the same way that Star Wars and the first of the Matrix flicks blew fans away, it was showing us something we'd never seen before, and so we were captivated.

I hope that the new film will not be so much a remake as a new creative spin on the same general theme... but I have my doubts. (Now, if Lucas hijacked the project, injected some comedy relief in the form of a wisecrackin' RAM chip with a speech impediment ... PURE GOLD, BABY!)

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