"TRON:Legacy" movie brings video game world to life

Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:19pm EDT
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By John Gaudiosi

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Back in 1982, first-time director Steven Lisberger brought mainstream audiences into the world of videogames with the sci-fi thriller "TRON", using early computer-generated imagery that paved the way for today's 3D movie blockbusters.

Now the long-awaited sequel "TRON:Legacy", out in December from Walt Disney Pictures, is poised to push 3D technology and digital performance capture a step further.

"TRON: Legacy" finds the son of videogame developer Kevin Flynn being pulled into the digital world that has trapped his father for 20 years.

Director Joe Kasinski took the technology that was introduced in the backward aging 2008 movie "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" to create a completely virtual human character, Clu, played by Jeff Bridges who was also the star of the original "TRON".

"One of the big technological leaps we're trying to take with this film is in our villain, Clu, who is played by Jeff Bridges, but he looks like Jeff Bridges did in 1982," Kasinki said.

"Jeff is driving his performance, but he is a digital character," Kasinski told thousands of fans at the annual Comic Con convention this week.

Bridges said one of the things that had always bothered him as an actor was that, before now, a different actor would be cast to play a younger version of a character in the same film.

"Now you can play yourself at different ages, whether it's a younger version of yourself or an older version of yourself, digitally," said Bridges.   Continued...

<p>A replica motorcycle from Disney's new movie "Tron: Legacy" is displayed during Comic Con in San Diego, California July 22, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Blake</p>