Joseph Kosinski, commercial director for Nike, Apple and Nintendo, is close to finalizing negotiations to direct the sequel to the 1982 Disney film TRON. Steven Lisberger who co-wrote the original is slated to produce the film along with Sean Bailey.
Kosinski is having a successful month having just signed on to remake Warner Bros. Pictures’ Logan’s Run. For Logan’s Run Kosinski will have input in the visual development and the script.
Referred to by Disney as ‘the next chapter’, TRON’s story details are under wraps but will be written by Lost writers Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.
The original film starred Jeff Bridges as a genius computer programmer who is thrust into a digital realm by a power hungry super computer called the Master Control Program (MCP). The hero ‘TRON’ was played by Bruce Boxleitner of Scarecrow and Mrs. King fame. David Warner (Time Bandits, Titanic) turned in a respectable performance as the computer world villain Sark.
Even though TRON was only mildly successful at the box office earning 33 million, the film was ground breaking for the first extensive use of computer graphics imaging (CGI). This was at a time when computer animation had to be generated by static images. The coordinates of each individual frame had to be entered by hand. It took approximately 600 coordinates to produce 4 seconds of film.
Fight Club director David Fincher discovered the former architect Kosinski and persuaded him to move to Los Angeles. Kosinski’s commercials have been recognized for their seamless blend of CGI and ‘real’ life.