Recently, you’ve probably heard of many films going through ‘Development hell’ or being cancelled all together. I wanted to talk about this now because tomorrow was the original release date of ‘Flashpoint’, then untitled. If we look at early reports we see how much the movie has changed since it’s announcement, dropping directors like flies, and rumors stating it could reset the whole DCEU. This isn’t the first time something like that has happened, which is why I want to talk to you about it here.
Making a film is not easy, especially indie filmmakers, not everybody can be Marvel, not even its main competition. When making a film, you have to prepare a script, get that script, and from there you still have to find actors, hire editors, hire a director (which has proven to be a struggle lately), and get your film funded, and of course filmed. That’s a lot of steps, and you bet there’s even more to it than that, but that’s the basics. Another critic by the name of Jacob Suggs (Frame By Frame on YouTube) recently made a video about a film entitled ‘Prototype’, which had a trailer released online and was never heard from again. The silence of the film was because it was a trailer for a campaign of a film that they were trying to get funded, and as it seems now, they weren’t able to achieve that. One case of ‘Development hell’ that is saddest to me, is TRON 3 (hey that rhymed). TRON 3 was set to be a sequel to the 2010 film ‘TRON Legacy’, which was a sequel to 1982’s ‘TRON’. The film was already facing problems when Legacy earned a below-average amount of money at the box office, but it continued with the cast on board, despite the also below-average critical reception of Legacy. The film was estimated for a 2017 or 2018 release, after 2015’s ‘Tomorrowland’, another live action film from Disney. That was just the problem, Tomorrowland that is. When Tomorrowland bombed at the box office, and received more okay reactions from critics. It was that moment when Disney pulled the plug on the film.
Now, over seven years after Legacy’s release Joseph Kosinski has new plans for the franchise, featuring Jared Leto. Last reported on in mid-2017 it seems the new film, which is “being built out of the source code of the deleted TRON 3 script.” (comic book.com). No updates have appeared since but Bruce Boxleitner said “I don’t really care anymore” and “I’m done with it. I’ve moved on.” (Slashfilm.com). Oddly enough, with all the mystery surrounding the film, marketing continues, with a roller coaster in Shanghai Disneyland Park, and another slated for Walt Disney World in Orlando, as well as a LEGO set coming later this year.
While the future of TRON is unknown in movies, we can still hope that new media will be made for a franchise people love so much.