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trailer break: ‘Tron Legacy’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…

Looks like it’s gonna be 3D trailers all week long…

I love this idea: Throw Legacy onto the end of any old movie when you remake/reboot it for that touch of class and elegance. Electric Boogaloo Legacy. Red Dawn Legacy. Teen Witch Legacy. Try it: it works with anything!

Starring Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges!

That works too, if you can say it honestly.

Tron Legacy opens in the U.S. and Canada on December 17, and in the U.K. on December 26.

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  • Nathan

    This is actually a sequel. Disney’s been trying to get this off the ground since 1999.

    I’m amazed at the effort they’re putting into marketing this. They already have the logo plastered on the monorail at Walt Disney World. I don’t remember any movie ever being advertised this rigorously this far away from its release date, especially when you consider Avatar’s first trailer and poster weren’t released until late August.

  • bitchen frizzy

    Helluva thing, coming out with a sequel so many years later that the target audience – I presume it’s teens and young adults – wasn’t even alive when the original came out. I’d guess that relatively few of them have ever even seen the original.

    “Legacy,” indeed!

  • Brian

    Yes, it is a direct sequel. I read somewhere that this will mark a new record for the length of time between the first film and a sequel with returning cast members (28 years, to be exact).

    Between this and the previously released teaser trailer, I am very, very excited about this movie. I’m a huge fan of the original, cheesy though it is. I hope whoever wrote this will retain the tech-nerdy inside references of the original. Obviously the visuals are going to knock us on our butts.

    (I can’t help but notice, though, that the redesigned light cycles bear more than a passing resemblance to the Bat-Pod from The Dark Knight.)

  • The folks at AICN are going crazy salivating over this film. (As am I, truth be told.) If it can pull in the kids with the shiny effects, and the older geeks who saw and loved the original–it could do as much business as, say, The Phantom Menace. (But hopefully be a better movie.)

  • bitchen frizzy

    Wow, that’s ambitious. The kids who went to see Phantom Menace had actually seen Star Wars while growing up, alongside Sound of Music and Wizard of Oz.

    Tron will need really good effects to draw the kids in PM kind of numbers, not that it couldn’t happen. But the connection to the original won’t help much with the young audience.

    “Legacy” in the title could be marketing error, in fact. To kids, “Legacy” can mean “stuff for old people”.

  • Kenny

    Nah… Legacy is a cool word. I think if I had to compile a list of words that grab my attention just for the way they roll off the tongue, legacy would be on it.

    I have seen the original… this is a direct sequel, and I am salivating like mad over it. I cannot wait.

  • Kenny

    P.S. The Daft Punk track over the trailer is very effective.

  • bitchen frizzy

    Well, if you’re twenty five or under, I’ll take your word for it.

  • Keith

    In the computer world, “Legacy” also refers to older hardware: such as old ISA (8-bit/16-bit Industry Standard Architecture) or other pre-Plug n Play hardware. Don’t know if this will figure into the movie or if it is more like what Maryann thinks (adding “Legacy” to the title just to make it sound more cool). Will know more after I actually see the whole movie.

  • marshall

    I’m looking forward to this. Mostly from a geek perspective because to me, it will be really interesting to see how the advancement in computer hardware will change the world of Tron.

    The Tron game did some really interesting stuff with the premise – you’re character went into places like PDA’s etc and the world of Tron was reflected changed depending on the type of device you were in. I like stuff like that, when they actually think about the impact this would have. So, I am hoping here.

    Some signs I may be happy – the light-cycles in the preview. REALLY cool, and it seems the computer this resides on no longer needs to adhere to vector graphics!

  • Nathan

    “Legacy” in the title could be marketing error, in fact. To kids, “Legacy” can mean “stuff for old people”.

    Wasn’t the finale of the animated Superman series titled “Legacy”?

  • P.S. The Daft Punk track over the trailer is very effective.

    I’ll second that. I’m excited about Daft Punk doing the soundtrack as well. And I’m way over 25. ;-)

  • Rosalyn

    How about “Throw Mama from the Train Legacy”? See, it doesn’t always work :-).

  • This is not a reboot. That’s the CGI canadian show.

    This is more an upgraded sequel. The Recognizers look so much more AWESOMER than they did in the first movie.

    Only problem with the trailer that I have: why is the car producing smoke as the tires spin out? Shouldn’t the computer world have zero friction?!

    Maryann, you didn’t see the original TRON back in 1982? Didn’t you play the arcade game (I kept getting stuck on the second level. My kung-fu sucks)? Someone needs to netflix…

  • marshall

    [quote]Only problem with the trailer that I have: why is the car producing smoke as the tires spin out? Shouldn’t the computer world have zero friction?![/quote]

    I can buy this. It depends on the ‘rules’ for the computer software that runs the game. Also, if there were no friction then the car’s & lightcycles wouldn’t go anywhere, thus friction needs to be simulated with programing rules.

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    Disney has had a hell of a time coming up with a title for this. Back in the early 20-aughts it was gonna be called TRON 2.0, which made a lot of sense. But that project never came together as a film, though a PC game was released in 2003.

    A year or so ago, when Disney showed that tech-demo teaser, the title was TR2N, and everyone said, “Wait, what? How do you even pronounce that? You guys need to find a decent title.”

    They still do.

  • Left_Wing_Fox

    What no love for Captain Sheridan? And you call yourselves geeks. :D

    Several years back, I first started seeing the neologism “Pr0n” around the internets, my brain immediately appended “Starring Bruce Boxleitner without pants”.

    I notice Steven Lisberger is also writing on this, which should help tie the two together. I’m a little curious how much they’ll reference the video game events.

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