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Grab your light cycle and prepare for v2.0

13 January 2005  |  Written by   

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Back in 1982 Tron actually wasn’t too implausible a concept. After all, the idea of a programmer getting trapped inside his computer is rather easier to stomach when programmers actually could fit inside their computers, being, as they were, the size of a small hippo. Time and technology have moved on since then though: we now have microprocessors, nanotechnology and the ability to watch Internet porn in six million colours. In short, its about time for an upgrade.

So it is that Disney has commissioned a remake of Steven Lisberger’s cyber romp utilising all the bells and CG whistles now available. though as commendable a thought as that may seem, it's really rather sad. After all, there was always something rather endearing about a futuristic cyber-tale that looked more low-tech than a 1974 Austin Maxi – and this was when it came out! Now old Tron has been elevated to cult status by its sheer naffness, everything from the glowing neon getup (gotta love those helmets) to the rather funky light cycles. And let’s not forget the fact that Tron turned the Frisbee – 80s outdoor toy of choice, since replaced by the flick-knife - into an instrument of righteous smiting.

If you’re too old, or indeed too young, to have encountered Tron, the film starred el duderino himself, Jeff Bridges, as a computer programmer who is abducted from his workstation and sucked into a computer program. Once inside he's forced to participate in rudimentary, computerised gladiatorial games (not unlike Daley Thompson’s Decathlon on the Spectrum) until he enlists a security program to help set him free. The new version will be slightly updated, with the Internet now being the malignant force that sucks our hero in.

“We are contemporizing it,” screenwriter Brian Klugman told Variety, “taking these ideas that were ahead of the curve and applying them to the present, and we feel the film now has a chance to resonate with a young audience."

An online environment that entraps people, refuses to release them into the real world and forces them to play all manner of ‘games’? What kind of far-fetched madness is this?

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