'Tron' Sequel Finds New Life with 'Lion' Director Garth Davis

Jared Leto is attached to star in the third installment of the Disney franchise.

The Tron franchise is back on the grid. Garth Davis, the filmmaker known for the Oscar-nominated Lion, is attached to direct a Tron sequel for Disney, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Jared Leto has been attached to the long-gestating project since 2017.

The first Tron movie debuted in 1982 and starred Jeff Bridges as a video game designer who is transported inside his own computer program. Though Tron was not a hit, it developed a cult following and is fondly remembered for its groundbreaking special effects and imaginative story. In 2010 came the sequel, Tron: Legacy, which once again starred Bridges and featured original star Bruce Boxleitner along with series newcomers Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde.

"I’m struck with such gratitude for the opportunity to bring this movie to life, especially as both the original video game and the film affected me so deeply as a young child," Leto wrote on Instagram Monday. "The fact that I get to be a part of this new chapter is mind-blowing."

Legacy, from director Joseph Kosinski, made $400 million worldwide, enough to generate interest in a sequel from Disney, which at one time considered making a Tron a streaming show from filmmaker John Ridley.

Jesse Wigutow wrote the latest draft of the third Tron movie, and Leto will produce with Justin Springer and Emma Ludbrook. Davis, who is repped by UTA, also directed the 2018 feature Mary Magdalene as well as episodes of Top of the Lake.

Aug. 10, 4:10 p.m. Updated to quote Jared Leto's Instagram post.