Breaking News: Tron 3 Is Revving Up Its (Light Cycle) Engines

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Good news programs, Tron 3 is officially moving forward! Although a second sequel to Disney’s Tron had long been rumored, there has been little momentum on the project in the two years since Tron: Legacy was released. (Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising cartoon notwithstanding). All that is about to change. The Hollywood Reporter just broke the following nerdtastic news:

The sequel to the 2010 reboot Tron: Legacy — called Tron 3 in some quarters — is moving a step forward with Disney in negotiations to hire Jesse Wigutow to pen the latest draft of the script.

Joseph Kosinski, who directed Legacy, is attached to helm this installment, which is being developed with a renewed purpose under Alan Horn, who took the reigns of Disney Studios in June.

Some considered the dark and trippy Legacy — which teamed newcomer Garrett Hedlund with Jeff Bridges, star of the 1982 original Tron — a lukewarm performer when it opened in December 2010. But the film grossed $400 million worldwide, good enough to spark interest in prolonging the franchise. With that foundation and a strong brand, Disney believes it can really go for broke with a new movie.

Plot details are being kept under wraps. David DiGilio wrote an earlier draft of the script. Justin Springer, a co-producer on Legacy, is producing Tron 3.

While details are scarce at this point, it’s probably safe to assume that Cillian Murphy will reprise his role as Edward Dillinger in the new film given how Tron: Legacy was setting him up as a heavy. Amongst the questions for you to ponder as you drift off to sleep with visions of light cycles zooming through your head: Will Jeff Bridges return? Will original Tron director Steven Lisberger be involved in any capacity? Can Daft Punk please do the soundtrack again? And so on. One thing that’s for certain is that as soon as more news on this sequel breaks, Topless Robot will be all over it like white spandex on the Tron Guy. End of line.