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Jared Leto and ‘Maleficent 2’ Director Working on ‘Tron 3’

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Disney is going back to the grid.

After a series of false starts, the studio is back on track for a third “Tron” film, with Jared Leto to star and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” director Joachim Ronning in talks to lead. Nominally titled “Tron: Ares”, the film will follow the landmark 1982 film “Tron” starring Jeff Bridges and the 2010 sequel “Tron: Legacy”, which starred Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde, and is “Raw’s feature directorial debut”. Top Gun: Maverick” by filmmaker Joseph Kosinski.

Leto was first plugged into a third “Tron” movie as the star and a producer in 2017, and has remained attached ever since. Garth Davis (“Lion”) signed on to direct the movie in 2020, but he eventually parted ways with the project. Jesse Wiguto remains the film’s screenwriter, and Justin Springer, Jeffrey Silver and Emma Ludbrook are also producing.

A Disney spokeswoman had no comment.

Ronning has experience maintaining Disney’s live-action film franchises After launching his career in 2012 with the Oscar-nominated nautical adventure “Kon-Tiki,” the Norwegian filmmaker was tapped by Disney to direct the most recent “Pirates of the Caribbean” film, 2017’s “Dead Men Tell No Tales.” Among the 2019 “Maleficent” sequels. She recently wrapped production on “Young Woman and the Sea,” a biopic about Gertrude Adderley (Daisy Ridley), the first woman to swim the English Channel. The film is set to debut on Disney+ this year

Last year, Kosinski told Vulture that he had written and storyboarded a “Tron: Legacy” sequel that would bring the movie’s digital world into the real world. He was ready to move on by 2015, but by then, the studio’s priorities had shifted and the movie fell through.

“When I made ‘Tron: Legacy,’ they didn’t own Marvel; They didn’t own ‘Star Wars,'” Kosinski said. “We were plays for fantasy and science fiction. And once you’ve got those other things under your umbrella, it means you’re going to put your money into a familiar property and black on the corner. Not some weird art student with fingernails — it was ‘Tron’. And that’s okay.”

Deadline first reported the news of Ronning joining “Tron 3.”

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