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Even though TRON Legacy isn’t quite the critical darling or commercial juggernaut that Disney was hoping for, the franchise is still moving forward with a planned animated television series bowing on the Disney XD channel in 2012.
Box Office Magazine interviewed Legacy screenwriters Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis about the status of the animated TRON Uprising, with the writing pair revealing a whole heck of a lot on the TV show’s eclectic voice cast. In addition to original cast member Bruce Boxleitner (Alan Bradley/Tron), Uprising has landed a group of actors including Lance Henriksen, Elijah Wood and Paul Reubens. Not a bad batch of actors at all.
Kitsis and Horowitz revealed that the animated show takes place after the first film but before Legacy: “This animated show will take place from when Flynn is in a safe house. It’s from when Clu takes over the grid to before when Sam comes in. So if you were wondering what was the grid like before that, then watch the show.”
As a result, the writers view Uprising as an opportunity to expand upon stories that were only hinted at in Legacy. “To give you an example of how we approached storytelling sometimes is like when you’re in the End of Line club, when we first meet Castor and he’s being berated by one of the patrons saying, ‘I want an audience with Zuse.’ His name is Bartik, and there’s an entire back story we have for him. The guy with him, his name is Hopper, there’s a whole thing between the two of them, what they are doing in there, and how they got there. It’s like over the years of developing this movie, we developed all these mythologies and all these back stories and all little tangential things.”