Tron Legacy is less than a month from theatrical release, holding the distinction as the longest gap in Hollywood history between a release and its sequel.
One thing I've realized though, and this isn't so much about making a point as it is stating the obvious, is the division of interest between old school and new.
I'm somewhat dreading the whole father-son storyline. I realize studios have to insert new, young characters to attract the interest of new, young audiences. I get that. Thing is, I'm not really interested in new characters. I only really care about the main characters from the original. It's a trade-off.
Take Shia Lebouef's character from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. Hated him. Completely disposable. And the new characters/new actors portraying old characters in the Star Wars prequels? Terrible. I only started to get interested in the third film because it tied in more with the original trilogy.
I realize those may be bad examples, because they're bad films. But even if in some alternate reality Crystal Skull and the Star Wars prequels were good
films, I STILL wouldn't care about new characters.
I've read those speculating that younger audiences may 'not get' the original Tron. They may see it as primitive and corny. I, like many others of my generation, saw Tron in theaters as a kid, and it made a pretty big impression back then. I wore out my Tron storybook record,
and listened to it with the likes of the Raiders Of The Lost Ark and Star Wars movie records.