Tron Mastermind Plots Return to Theaters

We fully expect a Bruce Boxleitner cameo.

by | September 5, 2007 | Comments

It’s taken 25 years, but Tron fans who have been waiting for Steven Lisberger‘s return to cyberspace may finally get their wish.

Variety reports that the writer/director has sold Soul Code, a futuristic script about memory transfer technology, to Reliant Pictures. From the article:

Lisberger will direct the story of a tech pioneer who has perfected a way to download and transfer a person’s memory. Script examines what happens when her memory is placed into a much younger woman’s body.

Those who have followed Lisberger’s career know that things didn’t go exactly as planned after he brought Tron to the big screen in 1982: his next two projects were directing gigs for the John Cusack comedy Hot Pursuit and 1989’s Mark Hamill sci-fi flop Slipstream. Perhaps sensing his career’s unfavorable trajectory, Lisberger stepped away from the cameras to focus on writing. (His projects included a Tron sequel that died on the operating table a few years ago.)

Interestingly, the spark for Lisberger’s return to film was provided by none other than IGN Weekly host Jessica Chobot; when the two met up at a Tron screening, their conversation led to a collaboration in which, as the article says, “the two soon began hatching a story about the dangers of cyberspace from a distinctly female point of view.” In Lisberger’s own words:

“Jess is not a film person — she was a fan — and that was refreshing…she wasn’t double-thinking what the audience wants; she was the audience.”

No timeframe is given for Soul Code‘s release.

Source: Variety

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