Sometimes petitions work, and sometimes they don't. But when a multi-billion dollar company like Disney makes the hard and fast decision to cancel a movie like Tron 3, will fans' voices matter? That's the hope behind a new petition on change.org, which has fans asking Disney to reconsider their plans for not continuing the franchise into the future.
It was widely reported this past Friday that Disney had pulled the plug on Tron 3, though a fall start date appeared to be planned with Tron: Legacy stars Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde set to return. There was even talk that Suicide Squad star Jared Leto would be joining the sequel, but he was never approached. Disney had never officially green lit the sequel. But news of its cancelation brought fans together swiftly, with over 12,000 signatures and counting, crying out for the movie to be revived. Tron super fan Lucas Lowman launched the Tron 3 petition, stating:
Tron: Legacy grossed over 400 million dollars and helped more fully realize the world created in the original Tron. It's a shame that Disney has elected not to move forward with a third Tron film as the universe is ripe to be explored. Sign this petition so that we may show Disney that The Grid is too great to never be shown again and to prove that Flynn lives.
Lucas Lowman is shooting for a signature goal of 15,000, which he is very close to reaching, with 12,128 supporters signed on as of early Monday morning. You can sign the petition to voice your support on Twitter under #FlynnLives. No official statement has been made by Disney as of yet, but it is heavyly speculated that the lackluster box office for Tomorrowland is the reason behind the film's cancelation. After two weeks in release, Tomorrowland has pulled in $63.1 million domestically with a worldwide gross of $133.1 million. This is set against a $190 million budget. As for Tron: Legacy, the film pulled in $172 domestically against a $170 million budget. The film made up for it in foreign ticket sales with $228 million gross overseas, putting its worldwide take at $400 million. Not necessarily a bomb, but not the success Disney was hoping for either. An anonymous Disney executive claims that Tron 3 isn't happening simply because the studio has too much on its plate right now:
"Things in the queue got ahead of it and we have such a big slate out in front of it, we started to think, 'Where does it go?' And it's a pretty big investment to make if you are not even sure when you are going to release it."
It's unclear if a petition will do anything at all for Tron 3, except show Disney that there is still enthusiasm for the project. Even if 15,000 fans sign the petition, and they each pay $8 for a movie ticket, that's only $120,000 at the box office. Clearly not worth the trouble, and it's not even clear if the fans rallying now would attend the movie in theaters once it's released. What do you think? Should Disney change it's mind? Or should Tron 3 remain in the grave?