Uprising: The Tron sequel that fans deserve

GLENDALE, CA - MAY 12: Actor Bruce Boxleitner attends Disney XD's "TRON: Uprising" Press Event And Reception at DisneyToon Studios on May 12, 2012 in Glendale, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, CA - MAY 12: Actor Bruce Boxleitner attends Disney XD's "TRON: Uprising" Press Event And Reception at DisneyToon Studios on May 12, 2012 in Glendale, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images) /
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Actors Elijah Wood (L) and Emmanuelle Chriqui attend Disney XD’s TRON: Uprising (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images) /

Tron lives…in one form or another.

It seems no property is ever truly dead in the entertainment industry, especially Disney properties. Even after repeated financial failures, certain cult classics keep coming back, often thanks to a small yet loyal fan base. Few franchises exemplify that more than Tron.

The series started as a 1982 film simply titled Tron. Jeff Bridges stars as Kevin Flynn, a computer hacker trying to infiltrate the system of the shady corporation ENCOM, which stole and profited off his ideas.

Unfortunately, the company’s Master Control Program transports Flynn into the computerized world. Here, programs take the form of humanoid beings with thoughts and feelings of their own.

Flynn’s only hope lies with a security program named Tron (Bruce Boxleitner). He’s made in the likeness of his User, who happens to be Flynn’s best friend. Together, these unlikely allies work to defeat the MCP, expose ENCOM, and free the system for programs and Users alike.

Although it’s a fine film that garnered a decent response, it failed to achieve mainstream status. It was largely passed off as a tech demo for its pioneering use of CGI. As a result, Tron passed into relative obscurity.