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Flynn (and to a Certain Extent, the Tron Franchise) Lives

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Dear everyone who is still totally fucking sick of me gushing about Tron: You’d best just skip this post. Dear everyone else: Holy shit. I assume most of you saw Tron: The Next Day, the 10-minute video above that bridges the gap between Tron and Tron: Legacy (despite the title, it pretty much covers the 21 years between Flynn disappearing in 1989 and present day). If you haven’t, do it. The word is that this will be one of extras on the Legacy DVD and Blu-ray when it comes out on April 5th. The word also is that this is some kind of a teaser for Tron 3, although I don’t really see it –yes, it does continue past the events of Tron: Legacy a tiny bit, and mentions the son of Dillinger a couple of times, but not in any way that concretely outlines a sequel. On the other hand, there’s yet another word (!!!) that there will be another video on the Legacy DVD and Blu-ray that does exactly that. This may or may not come as a surprise to you guys, but I’m 100% for a Tron 3.

And by the way, since no one seems to be talking about this — SMALL SPOILER UNLESS YOU’VE SEEN THE ENTIRE VIDEO BY THE WAY — that’s Dan Shor as Zack Attack. Even I didn’t recognize him at first, but he’s played a popcorn-munchin’ Encom employee in the original Tron… and more importantly, he played the program Ram in the digital world. To get him back for this 10-minute video and give him a part of the now larger Tron universe is astounding to me. I mean, even hardcore Tron fans like myself might have missed the continuity and the reference, but the guys behind Tron: Legacy went ahead and did it anyways. Obviously, I love Tron, but I think I love how seriously and devotedly these guys take the world of this silly 1982 Disney movie even more.

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