Friday, May 29, 2015

End Of Line: Disney Cancels 'TRON 3'


In hindsight this move isn't shocking, but... Walt Disney Pictures won't be making TRON 3...

And some complaining will ensue, so if you're not up for that, well... This is a warning...

As confirmed by the trades, the production, which was looking to shoot in Vancouver this coming autumn (its script was pretty much completed, as it had been developed over the course of four years) is no longer going to happen. No exact reasons were given, but if you know a thing or two about the Mouse's slate and how many of their live-action pictures did in the last five years, the reason is obvious.

It's because Tomorrowland, a film that quite frankly should've costed $90 million less than it ended up costing, didn't open too well last weekend. I already talked about that in great detail...

So no more. Kaput. The light cycle has halted... Maybe years and year later, somebody will do something with it, but it's already been so long since the last one. It's over for now. I hope you enjoy re-imaginings of stories Disney already adapted into their iconic animated classics, because that's probably what the live-action studio will be serving for a good while. Enjoy your live-action Jungle Books and live-action Dumbos and live-action Pete's Dragons.

Yes, I know The BFG is happening, and The Finest Hours as well, but outside of those two? Re-imaginings and a Pirates of the Caribbean sequel. The slate is just unexciting, even more so when you know what Disney was planning to give us a few years ago...

I don't get it, Mouse House. I just don't...

I'm not in the business, I have no idea how the money side of things all works, but you can probably handle Tomorrowland not doing well. You survived G-Force, Prince of Persia, The Sorcerer's ApprenticeJohn Carter, and The Lone Ranger. C'mon, none of this "ditch those kinds of movies for good" attitude. Walt Disney didn't stop when a lot of his projects flopped or blew up in the studio's face, he kept going. He didn't top pigs with pigs, he kept moving forward, he kept trying new things and taking risks...

It's not the 1940s anymore, the studio is not in debt and hasn't been since the early 1950s, Disney is a massive entertainment conglomerate that makes astronomical amounts of money, yet they want to dial down on stuff and stay safe. Go figure!

Well, maybe if you didn't spend $200 million+ on The Lone Ranger, or anything more than $120 million on Tomorrowland, or let John Carter of Mars' budget spiral out of control... Ugh... I'm sorry, this just peeves me.

TRON 3 probably would've costed somewhere in the Tomorrowland region, as TRON: Legacy cost $170 million and actually doubled its budget with a $400 million worldwide gross. The problem was, TRON: Legacy was treated as "the next Avatar" by the guy who was running Walt Disney Pictures at the time (2010) and they marketed the daylights out of it, assuming it would be so big...

Disney's logic ever since the Rich Ross days was "if it doesn't do well, stop making it altogether". This was pretty much cemented when The Princess and the Frog ended its run in theaters. Oh, it was a modest success? Well then, death to 2D movies and death to fairy tales! Good thing Tangled was halfway done, had that film not been in production, fairy tale stories would've been no more at Walt Disney Animation Studios... But too bad Tangled was a CG film... Oh, and no more Muppets movies! No more cool/more original live-action pictures!

It's not that I don't want endless live-action re-imaginings, it's that Disney won't make these kinds of films for a long while. Why can't we have both? I ask too much of the current company...

Whatever's turning a profit is the name of the game, no "try, try again" mindset like there was in the past. No effort to right the wrongs, no effort to make sure something like TRON 3 turns something of a profit. If so much of it was supposed to take place in the real world, why spend more than $150 million on it? Even if you did, what if it disappointed? I'm sure you can handle it, Mouse House executives. What with Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and everything else under your watch making so much damned money!

But hey... A company's gotta make more money, ya know? Why waste time making films that won't make 500, 600, 700, 800, 900 million dollars when you can make films that will indeed make 500-900 million dollars?

Hoping, just hoping that The Finest Hours and The BFG do well next year...

5 comments:

  1. It won't last, trust me. Eventually either they're going to run out of old movies to remake, or they're just going to ignore this decision and start making good original live-action movies again. Need I remind you how they said they'd be quitting fairy tales after Tangled? That lasted a grand total of three years.

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    1. Fortunately for WDAS, 'Tangled' was too far along to cancel when the execs said "no more fairy tales", and it happened to do well thus making the execs think otherwise about fairy tales. Other than 'The BFG', what else is there that could possibly turn the live-action ship around?

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    2. The BFG itself, for starters. It's based on a popular children's book--one by the author who already gave us Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Fantastic Mr. Fox, no less. So there should be no confusion as to how to market this one.

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  2. It gets worse:

    http://variety.com/2015/film/news/disney-developing-fantasia-sequence-into-live-action-movie-1201511401/

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