EXCLUSIVE: ‘Tron Legacy’ Director Joseph Kosinski Details IMAX Release, Daft Punk, Franchise Potential

Yesterday we revealed a new poster for “Tron Legacy” featuring a slick-looking yellow lightcycle. You can see it right above this text. Nice, eh?

Well we’ve got more “Tron” stuff for you today, compliments of the movie’s director, Joseph Kosinski, one of our “10 in ’10” picks this week. He had all sorts of fascinating information to share about the film in a lengthy exclusive interview with MTV. There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the coming “Tron” sequel, which hits theaters in December of this year. Hit the jump for some of the interview’s highlights.

On an IMAX release: “We did not shoot anything with an IMAX camera, because it uses film, and since we were shooting in 3-D, we used two digital cameras. That being said, we are doing an IMAX version. What I am considering doing now is finishing four or five sections of the film in a tall format — not letterbox — and in an IMAX theater, the black bars at the top and bottom of the frame will disappear and it will become a full-screen sequence, which should be really cool. I think IMAX will be the way to see this movie.”

On the return of Jeff Bridges: “Jeff is playing two characters. He’s playing Kevin Flynn, the character from the original film, and he’s playing Clu, the avatar that Kevin Flynn created in the 1980s. I’d say he’s Clu 2. There was a Clu in the first film who looked like Jeff but was very simple in terms of his abilities. He’s very stiff. Clu 2 is a second incarnation of Kevin’s avatar. He doesn’t only look like Jeff, but he can think like him too. So it’s a whole new level of artificial intelligence.”

On Daft Punk’s soundtrack contributions: “These guys take “Tron” very seriously. Obviously, “Tron” was a huge influence on them. It was almost like they were interviewing me to make sure that I was going to hold up to the “Tron” legacy. But the more we talked, we realized that creatively, we were totally synced up. I’ve been working on it with them for over a year and a half. I don’t know of a movie where you’re working on the soundtrack months before you start filming. The level of integration between the music and the film is incredibly strong.”

On the franchise potential: “Yeah. I think the world we’ve built here is big enough and has scale to support another story. As to whether that will happen, that depends on how the film is received when it comes out.”

There’s plenty more from Kosinski in the full interview, so head over to MTV.com to check the rest out!