‘Tron Legacy’ Director Talks 3-D Trailer And Disc Fights

'I was surprised at the lengths people went to,' Joe Kosinski says of IMAX trailer screenings in five cities.

Late last month, more than two years after director Joseph Kosinski shot the effects test for what would eventually be titled [movie id=”365437″]”Tron Legacy,”[/movie] fans caught the first glimpse of 3-D footage from the movie during viral IMAX events in five cities. Starting Friday, the trailer will go wide before 3-D showings of Tim Burton’s [movie id=”373927″]”Alice in Wonderland.”[/movie]

“I’ve had my head down plowing forward for almost two years now,” Kosinski told MTV News. “It’s great to be able to step back and show the fans a glimpse of the world we’re creating and see their reactions.”

And the reactions thus far have been overwhelmingly positive, though as even Kosinski admits, he’s been playing to very friendly crowds — ones willing to take extraordinary measures to catch an early peek of “Legacy,” the stand-alone sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic.

“I was surprised at the lengths people went to,” he said. “I heard about people getting on planes and flying from Chicago to New York and crazy stuff that I would have never anticipated. We were playing to the ’Tron’ base, so if it doesn’t play well to those guys and girls, we’re in trouble. But it played great. It was fun to hear them cheer for little details that only a die-hard would know, like a glimpse of a laser or a shot of Flynn’s Arcade from the outside. That’s satisfying, because I’ve put a lot of those little Easter eggs throughout the film.”

“Tron Legacy” picks up decades after the original, as Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) goes searching for his missing father (Jeff Bridges, the first film’s star) and discovers his dad has been trapped in a computer-generated world of warring programs and kill-or-be-killed contests. The new trailer shows off newfangled versions of beloved elements from 1982’s “Tron,” from light-cycle races to the gargantuan Recognizer vehicle to an epic disc battle that Kosinski said was one of the most difficult shots of the entire production.

“It was one of our trickiest shots,” he said. “In the trailer, I can only show three seconds of it, but it’s a 10-second shot, and it starts with a close-up on Sam’s face and ends up 300 feet above you. Whenever you’re doing a continuous camera move like that, you’ve got to replicate it in the real world to create that perspective. You get just a glimpse of it in that shot.”

Starting Friday during 3-D “Alice” showings, the masses will finally get to see some of what we’ve been hearing about since early ’08. Then next week, the trailer will be widely available on the Internet.

“My suggestion is to see it in 3-D in surround sound this weekend and download it next week and feel free to freeze-frame and analyze,” Kosinski said. “It was important to me that when people see it for the first time, they have the opportunity to see it in 3-D on a big screen. The entire second half of the trailer is in 3-D. On your iPhone, it’s not quite the same.”

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