It's been revealed that Disney's new extremely highly anticipated film Tron: Legacy has gotten help from some of the best storyteller's in Hollywood... the Pixar team. According to EW Tron: Legacy received some help from both Incredibles director Brad Bird, Toy Story 3 screenwriter Michael Arndt and several others. They came in to help beef up the story and script. Apparently back in June Director Joe Kosinski and the rest of the Tron team got back together to do a few days of planned reshoots. What is it they worked on? Character, Emotion, and Theme. All the key qualities that make a good story. EW reports:
In late March, the Tron filmmakers chose to show a very early working cut of the film starring Garrett Hedlund and Jeff Bridges to Pixar’s John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, The Incredibles director Brad Bird, Toy Story 3 screenwriter Michael Arndt, and others.
Following the screening — and other viewings with various live-action filmmakers in Los Angeles — Disney hired Arndt and Bird to write some pages for the upcoming re-shoots, which lasted six days last month. Original writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Lost) were also integral in the writing at this time.
Disney President of production had this to say,
Tron is very much Joe Kosinski’s vision, a vision which is thrilling to me and I hope is thrilling to the fans. What I give Joe and the filmmaking team immense credit for, is this was all born out of how do we give the fans the best movie we can. We were very fortunate that Pixar wanted to play a part in it.
Now just because the movie went through reshoots doesn't mean the movie sucked. They just improved on the awesome story that they already had. I'm extremely excited for Tron: Legacy! I remember when they unleashed that test footage on the fans at Comic-Con two years ago, and now the movie is almost finished!
I think it's cool that Disney took the project to Pixar to help smooth things out, and improve on what they already had. Will this now be a common practice for Disney here on out? Will they take more of their films to Pixar for help? It definitely wouldn't hurt! What do you all think?
Tron: Legacy will hit theaters on December 17th!