After years of speculation, Tron: Ares is finally coming together at Disney with Oscar winner Jared Leto set to star, and Joachim Rønning in negotiations to direct.
Though it has been 13 years since Tron: Legacy, which only grossed $400 million worldwide, Disney’s Bob Iger has greenlit a new Tron movie, entrusting the notable IP to one of the studio’s trusted filmmakers. After all, it was Rønning who directed the high-profile sequels Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales for Disney, which is also high on his next film — the Daisy Ridley-starrer Young Woman and the Sea, which has been testing well.
Justin Springer and Jeffrey Silver will produce Tron: Ares alongside Leto and his Paradox partner Emma Ludbrook, while Disney execs Sean Bailey and Sam Dickerman will oversee the project for the studio. The script hails from Jesse Wigutow, and it is considered a direct sequel to Tron: Legacy, which was directed by Joseph Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick). Rønning is starting to hire crew in advance of an August start date in Vancouver according to Deadline, which broke the news.
Disney nearly put Tron: Ares into production in 2017, though the timing wasn’t right. Apparently, now it is, so fans of the original 1982 movie starring Jeff Bridges can rejoice once again now that the studio is readying a return to the Grid — though it does represent a dicey financial proposition for the Mouse House, which has a certain aversion to risk.
Young Woman and the Sea finds Ridley plays Gertrude Ederle, a New Yorker who became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. It marks a return to the sea for Rønning, who co-directed the Oscar-nominated 2013 film Kon-Tiki with Espen Sandberg. The film was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and screenwriter Jeff Nathanson, and Disney is expected to release it later this year.
Like Rønning, Leto also has a Disney movie coming out soon, as he has a plum part in the studio’s Haunted Mansion reboot. He’s represented by WME, while Rønning is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.