There’s been some concern over the fact that Disney’s much-anticipated Tron Legacy went back into production for reshoots earlier this year amid rumors that the movie was a mess in need of saving. According to director Joseph Kosinski, however, that’s not the case.
Kosinksi told Collider that the reshoots were much less extensive than was assumed:
I like to call it additional photography because it really was additional photography. We added about five or six minutes to the movie, most of it in the first 20 minutes. Most of the shooting was done to set up Sam a little bit better and to give him a little more context. A couple scenes were done to bring to the surface some of the themes of the movie and to show the relationship of Sam and his father a little more clearly. Some of it was just picking up visual effects plates and inserts that we just were never able to get when we first shot.
All in all, it just amounts to a couple of minutes over a two-hour film, but it’s those little details. Being able to go in surgically and touch little things just helped bring the movie to the next level. I think we were really strategic and smart in how we did it. It was nice to be able to have a whole cut of the movie to analyze. That’s one of the benefits of having 18 months of post on this movie. We got to sit down and actually watch it and still have nine months left to say, “All right, let’s go tweak this, this and this, and remove this,” and it helped.
Surprisingly, that doesn’t actually sound like spin. Could the rumors of trouble have been sour grapes on someone else’s part? Could Tron Legacy actually be… as good as we want it to be?
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