Daft Punk's robotunes rock 'Tron'


Daft Punk, the French electronica duo known for their robot personas, has been tapped by Walt Disney Pictures to compose the score for "Tron," the reimagining of the studio's 1982 sci-fi classic.

The film, which begins production April 4 in Vancouver, is eyed for a 2011 release.

The score marks Daft Punk's first studio foray since 2005's "Human After All." After an extended hiatus, the duo re-emerged in 2007 for a world tour, spawning the Grammy-winning live set "Alive 2007." The group's 2001 track "Harder Better Faster Stronger" was adapted by Kanye West for his single "Stronger," and the acts performed together at the 2008 Grammys.

Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter split time between Paris and Los Angeles, where they have assembled a new recording studio for the "Tron" project.

Daft Punk have worked in film, most notably as directors of the feature "Electroma," though it used none of the group's music.

David J. Prince is a contributor to Billboard.