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    'Tron 2.0' video game is sequel to cult sci-fi movie

    The Associated Press
    9/16/03 2:16 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lots of movies have inspired video games, and
    lots of video games have sequels.

    It's extremely rare, however, for a game to be the official sequel to a movie
    -- especially a film that's 21 years old.

    The appropriate subject for such a crossover is "Tron," the 1982 film about
    a man who gets transformed into neon computer-code version of himself
    and has to fight his way back to reality.

    The new PC game "Tron 2.0" picks up the story two decades later, when
    the previously empty world of computers is now crowded with spam,
    Internet traffic, security servers, firewalls, viruses and a population
    explosion of new and complex programs -- all fighting for survival.

    "Tron" writer-director Steven Lisberger, who wowed moviegoers in 1982
    with his then-revolutionary, now-quaint computer animation, has wanted to
    make a film sequel for years. Still does.

    But lately, he's had to satisfy himself by serving as a consultant on the
    "Tron 2.0" game, developed by Monolith Productions and published by
    Walt Disney Co.'s Buena Vista Interactive.

    "It's sort of groundbreaking to approach it this way," he said. "We've been
    kicking around scripts and concepts in the film division for quite some
    time now. The game division just blasted ahead and took the lead on

    If there is a third film installment in the "Tron" series -- say, "Tron 3.0" -- it
    depends on the success of the game.

    "There has been a regrouping and rethinking about how one does a film in
    conjunction with the game and, in a way, as a sequel to the game now,"
    Lisberger said.

    Richard Taylor, who created many of the computer effects for "Tron," also
    served as an adviser on "Tron 2.0." He said a follow-up movie is years

    "I run into people all the time who say they saw 'Tron' and that's why their
    doing what they're doing now," he said of his work in video games. "It
    tweaked a lot kids' imaginations when they were 12 years old and they're
    still big fans."

    In the original, Jeff Bridges played a computer hacker named Flynn who
    gets digitized and finds that programs look just like their creators in neon

    He and Tron -- a program created by his friend Alan Bradley (Bruce
    Boxleitner) to regulate the computer world -- successfully battled the
    oppressive, power-hungry Master Control Program.

    The concept led to offshoot video games and it's influence can still be
    seen in movies like "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over" and "The Matrix."

    In "Tron 2.0," Alan's son Jet enters the digital universe to find his missing
    father (Boxleitner voices both Alan and Tron) and uncovers a sinister plot
    by rogue security executive JD Thorne, who has turned into an electronic
    green monster by improperly digitizing himself.

    The game is a first-person shooter in which a Frisbee-like disc is the main
    weapon and there are races on light cycles -- speeders that leave trails of
    solid walls. There are other fighting tools such as bombs, which are
    explosions of corrupted computer code that damage everything in the
    blast radius.

    "The game is a little more complex in the geography and architecture,"
    said Frank Rooke, lead designer of "Tron 2.0." "In the movie it was pretty
    stark, pretty drab ... simplistic in a lot of ways, at least to our
    contemporary eyes. We didn't want to stray from the core look, but made
    the colors more vibrant and put in a lot of motion."

    Disney, sensing a "Tron" cult following, has rediscovered the movie. In
    addition to "2.0," the company is releasing a series of action figures
    based on the story and a new comic book.

    If that leads to another movie, Taylor said he'd like to take the story
    beyond the traditional glowing gridlines. "There would be the old game grid
    over there in some domain and you might pass by some deteriorating light
    cycles, but there should be fractal forests and cyber creatures, things you
    haven't seen before," he said.

    Even Bridges, who did not participate in the game, has expressed
    openness to another "Tron" movie. He said he's only heard rumors about
    the script.

    "Somebody was saying they're going to make a new one and said, 'Did
    you hear about your part?' I said, 'No.' He said, 'You're like Kurtz, like in
    'Apocalypse Now,"' Bridges said recently. "I'd be interested in reading the


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    Cool, didn't know the game was thé official sequel to the movie, I thought a movie sequel would eventually follow. Talk about something original, even if we're dealing with sequels here


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    I would have prefered an actual sequel. I loved that movie and am not a gamer.

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