As mentioned earlier, a lot of the Disney website "virtual Encom" hype was playing up a completely different character from "Richard Mackey" as the new jerk-CEO, who seems to be completely missing from the final script--And who I'm guessing would've been analagous to Clu's Michael-Berryman hench-toady in the cyber-world.droosan wrote:Which is too bad .. since the 'Wizard of Oz-cameo' aspect of the 'real-world' actors playing their 'TRON-world' programs was kinda missing from this sequel
Instead, the boardroom scene and Sam's parachute jump may have been completely rearranged/rewritten in last-minute tweaks, "parallels" were less important, and (SPOILER) may have just been thrown in as literally a last-second afterthought.
But, the screenwriters started getting traditionally trilogy-hungry, so, judging from the audience reaction to the character, one never knows...
(IMDb lists (SPOILER) as an uncredited cameo by Cillian Murphy, who you might probably remember as other oily FX-extravaganza baddies... )
YYW: As noted by, ahem, earlier examples, it's been pretty hard for the 80's-bashers and the I-hate-fanboys gigglers to just give up and let go of the old, old jokes--Pretty much the convention-bashing equivalent of NY'ers trying to make Boston sports fans cry about the Red Sox never winning the World Series, until, of course...Switchblade Sister wrote:The first one was pretty bad. But the world made sense, and the actions of the characters in the Tron world had REAL world consequences.
And the original film flopped. Big time.
(Heck, how many articles have we seen trying to exploit the iconically stereotypic image of the Tron Guy, after all these years, and he's still wearing the 80's costume?)
Those of us who Were Around Back Then remember the original movie as being a disappointment at the time, because Disney couldn't promote the "computer" angle as well as they could today (nobody understood computers back in 1982), and ended up trying to sell the "videogame" appeal to coin-slot Pac-Man fans, which the movie would naturally fall short of doing if you tried. And yes, most '75-'82 Ron Miller Disney screenwriting was legendarily bad, back in the days when "Return From Witch Mountain" was considered high sci-fi at the studio.
Disney's whole push with the sequel has not been so much to "cover up" the old film, as to unite the more tolerant anti-defamation fans, now that we DO get all the computer jokes, and can cut Lisberger's style a little slack. And at least we change our jokes, once in a while over thirty years.