Jeff Bridges Talks about TRON LEGACY Film Making Technology
Tron Legacy is one of those films that just won't get here soon enough. I was sold on it two years ago when Disney unveiled that incredible trailer/test-footage for it to get the geeks pumped up for it. The 3D film is currently in post-production, and will be released in December of 2010.
From what we know of the story so far; Kevin Flynn's son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund), goes back into the digital world to find his lost father. Olivia Wilde and Michael Sheen co-star as programs living in the world of computer programs.
In the new film Bridges plays two versions of his original character Kevin Flynn, an older version and a younger 27 year old version.
He recently talked to a group reporters for his upcoming film Crazy Heart in the interview he discussed Tron: Legacy and the special effects that are being used to bring this awesome world back to life.
It was challenging, in that I got a little taste of this new technology of acting what they call 'in the volume' and making movies without cameras. It's a completely different deal. That was kind of a challenge. It was great getting back with my old buddy, (original Tron director) Steven Lisberger, and Bruce Boxleitner (Alan Bradley and Tron in the original film).
Bruce Boxleitner reprises his role, Lisberger collaborates as a producer, and Joseph Kosinski is directing the new vision of Tron. I'm pretty sure you've all seen the Comic-con trailer by now, and as you saw the world of Tron had a pretty drastic yet awesome upgrade -- in the film, the digital world evolves and changes just like the real world. It's the same Tron we knew and loved but so much more better. Bridges said that's only the beginning of what's in store for Tron: Legacy.
All that technology that we were going to use in the movie itself is used in the trailer. It wasn't as highly polished as the movie is going to be, but it gives you a little peek into what you might find. That teaser was something they do kind of often with movies, and I think it's a good idea. The Coen brothers told me they did it with making Blood Simple. Before they even shoot the movie at all, they shoot the trailer of the movie, as if it was already made, and then they use that to entice the financiers. So, even though it was a Disney property, Disney wanted them to shoot this pretty expensive trailer. I don't know how much it cost, but it was pretty expensive.
Well thank heavens it worked and the movie is getting made. I don't know how anyone doubted that the movie geeks wouldn't be interested in a sequel to Tron, we've been waiting for it for years. Bridges concludes by saying:
I used to love to pretend when I was a kid. Here's a movie that they say, 'You get to play a guy who gets sucked inside a computer.' Ooh, yeah. Use all the modern technology that's available today, [and] the same goes with the sequel, except all the technology that we're using in that makes the old one look like an old black-and-white TV show or something. Gosh, it's amazing what they've got going on this. I can't wait to see it all pasted together.
Neither can we!