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Tron - quite possibly the best example of a movie that could benefit from a legitimate sequel - is finally getting one. And who knew? A few dedicated - and better informed - film buffs maybe. But for the rest of us sci-fi supporters, certainly on this side of the Pond, it remained a secret. It is being directed by Joseph …


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  1. Robert Moore


    I know what DVD I am getting out of storage tonight.

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    Two word review

    Shit sandwich.

  3. Pete

    I knew

    That recording of the comic con trailer has been around for ages.

  4. Inachu


    This was all the adults acreaming in the video as they did when it first came out.


    Can't wait!

  5. Michael Sheils
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    I thought every self respecting film fan or geek knew about this when it happened at comic-con, I know I was telling every random person I bumped into at the pub.

  6. Mark McC

    I've never been called well-informed before

    I never thought of myself as a dedicated or better informed film buff (no idea what's even showing at the cinema this week), but I've seen this plastered over several non-movie websites/blogs for months now including the sneakily-filmed trailer.

    Mine's the one with the neon blue tubing down the sleeves and keys to a light cycle in the pocket.

  7. Lee Taylor

    Great news!

    Tron Guy ( will be able to make a new suit!

  8. TheOtherMe

    At Last!

    It's not like we haven't been waiting long enough for this! Sheesh, half the target audience weren't even born when the original came out.

    PS. I'd forgotten how cool a light cycle is, now I WANT ONE all over again...

  9. J-Wick
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    ...maybe that explains all the XKCD references recently.

    (trying to salvage geek cred since I had no idea this was under development....!)

  10. Anonymous Coward
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    @ Lee Taylor

    I hope the updated costumes allow Tron Guy a bit more leeway for COVERING UP HIS BOLLOCKS. Nobody needs to see that. Ever.

    I am really looking forward to this: a Tron sequel is about the only film it's impossible to fuck up with loads of CGI. Oh, and a quick tip for Robert Moore: if you have the special edition DVD there, don't try it with the commentary track turned on unless you're suffering an pesky inability to sleep.

  11. Alan Potter

    Discs of death

    I remember this film when it first came out. And the MCP. And I remember getting very well paid at a company which shall remain unnamed where another chap and I were contractors and had to turn up one weekend (we were developers) ready to fix any bugs the QA peeps found. There was a commercial release on Monday. Quality, eh?

    Anyway, we'd both just seen TRON and so went out and bought quite a few frisbees and, back in the warehouse bit of the company we honed our frisbee skills. Luckily no limbs or heads were severed during our play.

    I thought TRON was a shite film when it came out, but unusual. I fear that TR2N will be more of the former and less of the latter. But I'll probably still go and see it.

  12. Anonymous Coward
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    I can't wait

    You thought the lines for the spate of Star Wars movies was outrageous a couple years ago. Wait until this thing hit, I suspect a load of box office records will be obliterated.

  13. Ed

    Ya all missing the important question

    Just which platform does it represent......

    With all the falsh graphix and bling Its gotta be MAC....


    It it was ASCII art I would think Linux and if a BSOD had appeared after the crash well Windows lol

  14. Lukin Brewer

    DVD commentary.

    I've got the Tron 20th anniversary collectors 2-disk edition, and it's one of the few DVDs where I've listened to the commentary right the way through. *I* found it interesting. The only bit I had a problem with was the sequence where the MCP dies. Just as the MCP is revealed as a spinning pensioner with an adding machine, the commentators fall silent, then resume. I was actually quite interested in hearing what they had to say about that shot, but they couldn't even raise themselves to a brush-off. Odd.

    This time around, they'll be able to make the film the way the original team would have liked to - 100% CGI. In the original the only non-human actors were the Bit, and the MCP. The majority of the scenes consisted of normal stage footage that had been blown up onto big transparencies and coloured by hand. The irregular pulsing of the glowing strips was not intentional - it was a manufacturing/processing variation in the transparency films that became noticeable when batches of films were mixed up and used out of order. They added extra sound effects to make it look intentional.

  15. Jon Tocker


    I loved the original when it came out - I paraphrased it as "a bright young lad with his supersonic frisbee". Some great parallels, a few geek in-jokes and cramming as many plots as possible into one movie.

    Looking forward to the sequel.

  16. Alastair Smith
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    I nearly wet myself

    When I saw that slow-motion jump onto the light cycle that appeared out of nowhere. I love the way the lightcycles are sleeker but not *too* sleek, and they turn graceful corners now. It does take some of the edge off race because the super-sharp 90-degree turns they did in the original are now gone, but they're so elegant that I can easily forgive that. And I was still watching that ride on the edge of my seat.

    I simply cannot wait - this is one of my favourite childhood films (along with *Batteries Not Included [] - I think my parents knew I would be a geek long before I did).

  17. Anonymous Coward
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    The sequel should be called Tr0n - Bits Byte Back

    Or something equally ridiculous

  18. Anonymous Coward

    Um pardon me for saying

    But Jeff Bridges wasn't Tron, he was Flynn (Tron was played by Bruce Boxleitner). Surely this film should be called "Flynn" if the slightly greying Bruce isn't in it???

  19. Anonymous Coward

    Now why does anyone think...

    Now why does anyone think that a lousy motorcycle "race" is any more interesting by doing it in poor quality CGI?

  20. Anonymous Coward

    And the porno version: Pr2n

    Mine's the one with the stains that show up under black light...

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  22. Anonymous Coward

    Suggestion for title

    TR10N (2 in binary)

  23. Richard

    Tr2n indeed

    Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse with a remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still - that looks like it will be more pants than MC Hammer. Unless, Jeff Bridges gets to type "7h3 d00d 4b1d35", in which case all will be forgiven ;)

    I swear, if they even think about touching Explorers or Return of the Navigator, I quit...

  24. RogueElement

    tr2n (tron 2.0 doesn't work for me)

    At laaaaaast... Thinking back, Tron was the only Disney film that (for me) stood the test of time - I loved it as a yoof when we all had those aspirations and I loved it even more when it was shown on TV. Can't help but wonder if using crew from Lost is going to help but I can't wait for this sequel.

    Oh - and "tron" was the name of a program, Jaowon... I always saw it as a form of immortality (my own may still exist somewhere in the code) ...they get upgraded sometimes.

  25. Richard


    Erm, Flight of the Navigator.

    I was getting confused with Thomas Hardy's lesser known foray into sci-fi. Spoiler: They all die ;)

  26. Anonymous Coward

    Please tell me...

    that the OS in which they live isn't Vista, please?

  27. Daniel B.

    Tron 2.0, surely? @Richard

    I only complain about the title. And while I agree that Flight of the Navigator need not to be touched, I do remember that Explorers was never really finished!

    Then again, most remakes have been epic fails... though not all of them. Ocean's Eleven (the new one) 0wns the original with its ending.

  28. Harvey Trowell

    It's been done

    Forget Tron, where's Ender's Game already? Hollywood my arse.

  29. Alan W. Rateliff, II
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    On the other side of the screen...

    ...the world represented is Amiga. Screw all you fanbois! :-) I'm just another religious fanatic.

    Paris, screwing fanbois.

  30. Anonymous Coward

    Tron 2.0

    So that means the game's officially non-canon now?

  31. Andy Worth

    Surely.... has to be BBC Basic? I even distinctly remember the BBC graphics being an almost dead match for the film.

    Anyway, they'll likely ruin another classic film by making a shoddy sequel to it and turning it into a half-cut series. I wouldn't be surprised to see "Tron: The Series" come out onto our screens after this film is released.

    It's just a blatent money-making exercise. I am hoping they will change my mind once I see the film but I very much doubt it.

  32. Anonymous Coward


    Sometimes things capture a moment, at the risk of sounding arty and pretentious, the zeitgeist. Tron did that, it means a lot to sad geeks like me, who played on 8bits and arcade machines and ultimately got me into IT and fair killed my chances of any meaningful career path. The graphics look a little dated now, but that's it's charm, the next one will be CGI'd to the limit but have no real soul. A sad day....

  33. Colin MacLean

    And the smutty spoof will be called...

    Pron 2.0

  34. Craig Roberts


    Rick Rolled on El Reg?! What the hell is this? Digg?!

  35. Thomas Jerome
    Paris Hilton

    can I logic probe your MCP?

    Has there ever been a pr0n version of Tr0n?

  36. Bfef


    I was always bothered by "bit" that annoying spikey shape that blathered "yes" or "no".

    He wasn't a bit because he had three states - yes, no, and silent.

    Sequel's just gotta have David Warner in it.

  37. Anonymous Coward
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    @Harvey Trowell

    Hmmm, it'll be Lord of the Flies all over again. Either that or they'll water it down to shit. Or turn it into Starship Troopers.

  38. Edward Miles


    ...have never seen tron!

    Mines the asbestos one, quickly, before I get flamed for my ignorance...

  39. Anonymous Coward
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    Another classic due to be ruined

    No doubt they will miss the point that it doesn't need to be in CG and the styling was the charm, not the whole basis of the movie.

    It is a real shame that they need to keep dredging up old hits to make a fast buck rather than come up with something original.

  40. Dcope


    I still use "Greetings" when i meet people, i just dont say the full "Greetings Programs" :)

    /coat mines the blue one with a frisbee on the back

  41. CJ


    That makes no sence, why not T2ON? the 2 can be made to look like an R then.

    also is already taken.

  42. Alistair

    Barrel-scraping 2.0

    So, Disneywood has finally reached the bottom of the crap barrel. They've re-made everything with CGI, badly, including this obscure but noteworthy title. Why do good films get re-made, and bad ones get sequels?

    T2ON represents the point where the CGI monster starts to chow down on its own tail.

    Can we now look forward to a golden age of fresh ideas? I for one would welcome our new creatively original entertainment industry.

  43. Killian

    Who knew?

    Maybe you should get Google installed on your computer. It's full of stuff like this.

  44. Avi

    Tr1n surely?

    What with 1, not 2, coming after 0.

  45. Ralph B

    Sinking Feeling

    I suppose this means the guys at will be getting a lawyer's letter, and a fairly fun multiuser network game will be disappeared.

  46. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yay, someone mentioned Amiga!

    As the title says!

  47. Paul Westerman

    What I want to know is...

    ...will Wendy Carlos be doing the music again?

  48. DZ-Jay

    What the heck is TR2N

    Is it pronounced "Truh-too-un"?

    While we're at it, I don't think I like "Tron Too-Point-Oh" either, as it reminds me of crappy and slow web sites with shiny colors and rounded corners.

    And, why call it it "Tron" at all? The character Tron had actually a supporting role in the film, and it seems that it's not even going to be present in the sequel. Perhaps it should be called "Flynn" or even "Clu", which was the name of Jeff Bridges' alter ego in the computer world (though, admittedly, that sounds rather silly).

    I'll go see it, along with the upcoming "Logan's Run" and "Wargames" remakes, though I know they're going to be crap.


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