Many geeks instinctively smile when they hear the word “TRON”. It’s not the best movie to have ever hit the screens but it’s undoubtedly a classic for tech enthusiasts — if you like it — you may be… no, no… you are DEFINITELY a GEEK.
Seriously though, who wouldn’t want to see a movie about some hackers sucked into a computer system forced to fight gladiator-style? Obviously Disney thinks the plot is worth another attempt (finally) and this time they’re filming the entire flick in 3D.
TRON: Legacy (premiering December 2010) is a continuation of the 1982 version and writes a mythology for the time lapse between then and now. And, lucky for us the new version has twenty-eight years of special effects technology behind it, a movie that demands high-quality CGI. In the eighties most people really didn’t comprehend terms like “virtual reality” or “networks”, nor were these terms in the public lexicon. So, this time around, the themes will likely have more relevance.
The character Kevin Flynn (clu 2.0) will be played by Jeff Bridges (The Dude himself), the same as the 1982 version, but this time he has a grown-up son named Sam. James Frain, the ruthless vampire Franklin Mott that tried to eat Tara in TrueBlood plays “Jarvis”. He’s likely one badass character in the new film. I have no problem calling this one before I see it — geeks are going to love this movie.
There’s been a handful of companies releasing TRON-edition gadgets but Oakley has outshone everyone with their new 3D glasses. Oakley claims the new edition glasses will bring “unprecedented levels of clarity and visual fidelity” and they can actually be used to watch the 3D movie in theaters — is $150 bucks a lot to pay to be the coolest looking person in the audience ?
“This film will be an incredible visual experience, and those who view it with Oakley 3D eyewear will get the most out of it by enjoying the clarity and 3D performance of unparalleled design. We are honored to collaborate with Disney for this special event, and we look forward to opening the world’s eyes to the ultimate 3D experience with Oakley 3D eyewear” – Oakley CEO Colin Baden.
Daft Punk, the electronica artists mostly known for their 1997 track “Around The World” scored the soundtrack for the entire movie. Below is a video for “Derezzed” a music video for TRON: Legacy.