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SDCC 09: New Title, Concept Art & Footage From ‘Tron 2’
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Geeks of Doom's Exclusive Coverage of SDCC 2009

At last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Disney gave a sneak peek of Tron 2, stating that I’d be a year before we see anymore footage (see SDCC 08: Surprise Sneak Peek at Disney’s ‘Tron 2’).

Well, it’s a year later now and Tron 2 was back at the Con for Disney’s 3D panel, this time with yet another new name (remember the whole Tr2n phase?): Tron Legacy.

Star Jeff Bridges, who appeared in the original 1982 Tron film, made an appearance at the panel, explaining that the upcoming sequel was “a story about a son’s search for his father.” Bridges character, Kevin Flynn, returns in Tron Legacy as the father; his son is Sam Flynn, played by Garrett Hedlund, who was also on the panel along with co-star Olivia Wilde, director Joseph Kosinski, and producers Sean Bailey and Steve Lisberger (director of the original film).

The audience was treated to the same footage that made a big splash at last year’s Con, though this time it seemed more polished. There was also a non-3D clip shown of Sam going back to Flynn’s Arcade (see full footage description below), which takes place in the real world (not the game world).

While the film finished principal photography last week, the filmmakers still have a lot to do before the film is released next year, so the filmmakers offered up some motion image test footage, as well as concept art of the film’s digital gaming world. Check out all of the concept art images here below.

The concept art includes shots of The Recognizer as it flies over Tron city, where you see weather systems; another shot of the vehicles coming into the middle of the city; and another looking down from the mile high towers at the city’s center. Another set of concept art deals with the gladiatorial games known as Disc Wars: there’s a game tournament in progress with many matches happening simultaneously; there’s a view from inside the Disc courts where a game is in progress (that’s a combination of two of the sports from the first movie). There’s an updated version of the Solar Sailer, a type of freight train traveling long distances on a beam of light. There’s new vehicles like the Light Runner, which is like the Light Cycles of the original film, but they carry two passengers and travel very fast; these are unique because it has the ability to go off the grid on its own power. Regarding the Life Cycles, there’s a fifth generation cycle, but there will also be a part where they go back in time to the late 80s and get a glimpse of the second generation cycle, which was rumored to be the fastest of them all on the grid.

Here’s the film’s official description from Disney:

TRON is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (GARRETT HEDLUND), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (JEFF BRIDGES), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (OLIVIA WILDE), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.

Footage Description

Sam Flynn rides a motorcycle down a dark street. He rides up to a building with a neon sign that says “Flynn’s.” A voiceover says “If I ever got information on about your dad, I’d tell you” and says something about getting a call from a number that hasn’t been active in over 20 years. Sam goes into the building and Journey’s “Separate Ways” plays on the jukebox; it’s Flynn’s Arcade from the original movie, but the arcade games are all covered with dust and cobwebs. He walks through the arcade until he reaches a game at the end. it’s the TRON arcade game. He pulls a quarter from his pocket and inserts it into the coin slot, but it comes right out of the coin return. He moves the machine over and finds a small door. With flashlight in hand, he goes through the door and we see the view from the arcade as the TRON game covers up the doorway; footage ends with title credits.

Concept Art

Photos by Dave3.

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