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Comic Con Interview with Cast and Crew of ‘Tron Legacy’

At the 2009 San Diego Comic Con, MoviesOnline caught up with Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Sean Bailey, Joe Kosinski, Steven Lisberger and Oren Aviv to talk about Tron Legacy.

Tron Legacy is the sequel to the 1982 sci-fi movie Tron.  So naturally, the interview’s first question is about the 30 year time gap between films.

Oren Aviv, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, says it’s not a goal of his to reinvent Disney classics, even though the studio is putting out Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol and Tron Legacy.  He says that “a great story and a great storyteller, that we can combine to come up with something that is fresh and unique” is what excites him.

Jeff Bridges wouldn’t talk much as to why his younger self appears in the sequel only to say that the technique used to pull off this trick was a challenge.

Steven Lisberger, director of the 1982 Tron and producer on the sequel, assures both old and new fans alike:

“This movie takes place in 2010 but accepts the history of what happened between 1982 and 2010 really happened.  I guess it heavily considers the original and accepts the events of the original as true fact and back-story, for our story, but our story is a stand alone story.”

I’m excited about this new movie, and from the cast and crew’s interview, it sounds like they are as well!  Most importantly, they seem to recognize that they need to pay homage to the loyal Tron fans but given the three decades gap, they need to make it assessable to new fans.

To read the entire interview, head on over to MoviesOnline.

The Disney Animation Panel at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con

Director Ron Clements, Director John Musker, Director Hayao M... on Twitpic Rope of Siilicon has the news from the Disney Animation pane at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con! Some exciting news from the Toy Story movie series (including Toy Story 3!!), Beauty and the Beast 3-D, the Princess and the Frog, and Ponyo.

Disney Announces ‘Pirates 4′ Shooting Date at Comic Con!

So much for Johnny Depp having some down time.  Reuters had reported that, while having his name attached to high-profile films, none of Depp’s upcoming movies were green lit yet.

Thankfully that’s all about to change!

ComingSoon.net sat down with Disney’s Head of Production Oren Aviv at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con.  And Aviv gave all us Pirates of the Caribbean fans reasons to SHOUT!!

“We’re going to shoot ‘Pirates 4′ in April or May of next year.  We are going to release it hopefully in 2011 is the plan.”  He said that this time they would only be doing one movie this time that would “hopefully be the first of another trilogy.”

This is what I’ve been waiting to hear!

No word on whether previous Pirates director Gore Verbinski will be on board to direct the Pirates 4.  Though there’s rumors that uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney will hire a young up and coming director familiar with action movies.

Aviv did stress the main goal is to “get the story right.”  He mentioned that the new movie needs to be smaller in scale as the subsequent movies got bigger and more complicated.  He goes on to say “I want to kind of reboot the whole thing and bring it down to its core, its essence, just characters.”

The interview hinted that Captain Jack Sparrow‘s back story could be the focus of the fourth movie.  Which would make sense if they wanted to “reboot” the franchise.

Disney, please don’t FULLY restart the Pirates series.  I do agree they should scale back a bit.  As much as I’ll miss the very lovely Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann, I think her’s and Will Turner’s story was successfully resolved.  Let’s focus more on the characters.  And especially the rivalry between Captains Sparrow and Barbossa!  Those were some memorable scenes from the trilogy.

Are you excited now that Pirates 4 has a shooting date?  What do you want to see in Pirates 4?  Let us know!

‘Ponyo’ Director Hayao Miyazaki to Be Honored in U.S. Visit

John Lasseter, a friend of the Hayao Miyazaki for more than 20 years, convinced Japan’s Master Animator to make a rare United States visit.  His first stop will be the San Diego Comic Con on July 24.

The NY Times has a very interesting article about a brilliant man that in part influence Pixar movies like Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Cars, and Up.