Sorry I've been away for so long... Being a new Daddy, summer holiday, poorly parents and work have all taken their toll..
But I'm back!
I had to come back...
Because Tron 2 is no longer a myth!
It's for real! (And it's called "TR2N").
A shocked ComicCon audience, already reeling from seeing a preview trailer for Terminator Salvation earlier in the week, were shown a "surprise" trailer on Friday - and as you can hear from the audience, as they realised what they were watching, joy broke out. Listen for the heartfelt cheer when Jeff Bridges appears - reprising his role as Kevin Flynn. (Oops, did I spoil it for you?!) Fortunately for the rest of us someone camcorded it...
Joseph Kosinski, commercials director and protégé of David Fincher, is directing, with original Tron creator Steven Lisberger producing for Disney/Pixar. Lost writers Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are penning the script.
As a Tron evangelist I'm so excited it's ridiculous. You can keep your cynical cash-in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Made of Gold, and I will not tire of punching anyone involved in the sacrilege The Day the Earth Stood Still remake (the original is about McCarthyism you idiots, it can't be remade!) - but, this is a sequel that deserves to be made, and the fact that Lisberger (the keeper of Tron) is producing is enough to satisfy me that this will be a film worth seeing, and more importantly worth making.
However. Enjoy this trailer while you can, because Disney are currently issuing writs against anyone hosting this clip. I'm imagining that the Russian site that's hosting this version won't roll over as easy as YouTube, but I have to ask - "why?".
A camcorded trailer spread across the internet by hysterically enthusiastic evangelists is surely better marketing than the Dark Knight black pepper Whopper currently being whored across the country to overweight kids? Film studios are so obsessed with copyright that they don't seem to understand that people like me are spreading the trailer around because we can't wait to hand over our hard-earned cash to them to see the film, and we'd like our friends to be as excited about it as we are. We're doing the marketing for them - for free - and as thanks we get labelled as "pirates". Gee thanks. It's not like I've got this grainy, virtually unwatchable trailer for free so now I won't go and see the film. If a film is shit I won't go and see it, but irrespective of what anyone says about *this* film I'll be breaking down the cinema doors to see it on the big screen.
Anyway, enjoy the trailer, and it's safe to say that I'll be organising a FanboyGeek screening. Hopefully at the London IMAX...