'TRON' TV series to premiere Summer 2012; Bruce Boxleitner, Elijah Wood, and more signed on
Bruce Boxleitner, who played Tron in both films, is signed on. "Bruce Boxleitner is in it, Elijah Wood, Linda Moore, Paul Reubens, Lance Henriksen. I mean, we've got a really cool group of actors," Horowitz tells Box Office Magazine.
He confirms that the series will take place between the events of the original "TRON" and the current film, "TRON: Legacy."
"Absolutely. And we're treating it very seriously," he says. "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. We hesitate to tell too much just yet, but it will fill in the blanks of some things, and also explore some new areas as well."
The series will add depth and fill in backstory for some of the film's more minor characters, as well as provide explanation for certain story choices. "Did we have time to do the Bartik story?" Horowitz muses. "No. But now maybe the Bartik story is in the animated series --you know, he's got a huge scar on his face. I want to know how he got that scar. We couldn't sit down and write that there's a guy with a scar on his face without knowing what the scar was. So we hope it adds to the depth of the movie. Our intention is to try and make something that is more than just, let's go get something. We treat 'TRON' very, very seriously and as writers we try to have a reason and a world for everything and not all of it gets to be shown because in this particular movie, we only had two hours."