Beck: "What are you looking for?"
Tron: "The next Tron…".
– Elijah Wood as Beck and Bruce Boxleitner as Tron in the upcoming 2012 “Tron: Uprising“ Animated TV Series
In December 2010, the long awaited sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic "Tron" movie -- "Tron: Legacy", transported theater audiences into a digital fantasy realm via its ground breaking visual effects and imaginings.
In early 2012, the world of "Tron" is set to be explored again in a highly stylized animated television series on Disney X D entitled "Tron: Uprising" -- with episodic stories that occur between both of the "Tron" movies. The series is being helmed by executive producer/director Charlie Bean ("Robotboy," "Samurai Jack," and "Powerpuff Girls"); and consulting producers Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz (both screenwriters of "Tron: Legacy", executive producers of "Lost" and the upcoming "Once Upon A Time") and Justin Springer (co-producer of TRON: Legacy).
Never-before-seen footage from "Tron: Uprising" was recently shown at Comic-Con -- with an introduction by Disney Television Animation's Senior Vice President of Original Series -- Eric Coleman: "We've worked in conjunction with our friends at the (movie) studio in developing a TV series that takes place in the "Tron" universe -- to make use of the amazing visual aesthetic, but then customize the storytelling for our X D audience. What you'll see here is a little bit of the images and test footage from the show. Our series takes place before the events of the ("Tron: Legacy") movie -- so this is after Clu has risen to power on The Grid. He believes he has killed Tron -- but what we find out in the series is that Tron is actually not dead, he's just very badly injured. He's been hiding, and is training a new mentee -- he has a protégé that he is raising to become the next Tron. That character is our new hero Beck -- who is played by Elijah Wood ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, etc.).
The footage: a series of concept artwork imagery, character and vehicle roundtables, and an extended version of a previously released trailer
, were all set to a remix of Daft Punk's "End of Line" track from "Tron: Legacy" -- and evoked a creative synergy of the stylings and sensibilities of both "Tron" movies -- while providing its own unique imagining and design of the "Tron" world.
- Jay West
Here is the "Tron: Uprising" Comic-Con reel.