‘Tron 3’ Petition Nears Goal: Will This Change Disney’s Mind?

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Disney pulled the plug on Tron 3, even though the film was never officially greenlit. The third film in the franchise was expected to see the return of Tron: Legacy stars Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund, as well as director Joseph Kosinski.

With the news that Tron 3 has been cancelled, one fan decided to start a petition on Change.org with the hopes that Disney will revive the film. Lucas Lowman, a writer for GeekTyrant, launched the petition because he feels that there is more to be told from the Tron world.

Tron and its characters and world are too amazing not to be explored. There are stories here, and it’d be a shame not to tell them or at least give people the ability to.”

At the time of this publication, the petition to revive Tron 3 has reached 8,898 signatures and needs 1,102 more to reach its goal. Tron fans also took to Twitter, using the hashtag #FlynnLives, as a way to get Disney’s attention.

An unnamed Disney executive told Variety that there were plans to make Tron 3. But since the film was never greenlit, and with Disney’s schedule filling up, the studio thought it would be best not to move forward with the project.

“Things in the queue got ahead of it and we have such a big slate out in front of it, we started to think, ‘Where does it go?’ And it’s a pretty big investment to make if you are not even sure when you are going to release it.”

It’s not confirmed, but there has been some speculation that the dismal performance of Tomorrowland could be part of the reason why Disney decided to cancel Tron 3. According to Box Office Mojo, the George Clooney-starring Tomorrowland took the top spot over Memorial Day weekend, but it failed to meet analysts’ predictions. Since its release, the $190 million project has brought in $133 million worldwide, with just $63 million being from the United States.

Tron: Legacy saw moderate success in 2010, bringing in $400 million worldwide. Dan Zinski of Lightly Buzzed notes that the Tron franchise should continue, but that’s only if Disney sees it being profitable.

“Corporations who are in it for the money should not make decisions based on the desires of fanboys. Disney has enough on its plate sci-fi-wise with an entire huge expanded Star Wars universe mega-franchise waiting in the wings. Why should they bother about Tron if they don’t think Tron can be a money-maker for them? It’s called reality.”

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