The third Tron film has been greenlit by Disney and starts filming this October, with Garrett "Sam Flynn" Hedlund confirmed to return.
Fans have been talking about Tron 3 pretty much since Tron: Legacy hit theaters, but considering that thirty year gap after the first movie? It wouldn't be surprising if we had to wait just as long for more. Now it seems like the wait is being cut short - according to sources talking to Vancity Buzz, Disney has greenlit a third Tron movie and will start filming on Oct. 5, 2015.
Tron - and its sequel Tron: Legacy - are about software programmers who found a way to insert physical people into the digital world of "The Grid". Here, computer programs are self-aware and have their own personalities, cultures, and power structures while living in a landscape reminiscent of 1980s video games. The original Tron was a cult hit, while its 2010 sequel reintroduced its world through the eyes of Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the son of original protagonist Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges).
If Disney really has greenlit Tron 3, it's not clear what direction it will take. Legacy laid quite a bit of groundwork for a larger universe that may have been scrapped over the past half-decade, but we don't know for certain. After all, the only cast member expected to return is Hedlund, while Legacy's AI Quorra - played by Olivia Wilde - hasn't been confirmed to make a comeback.
Regardless, I suspect most fans won't say no to more Tron, although it won't be without competition - Star Trek 3 also begins filming in June of this year.