Among the names mentioned when Disney first took control of LucasFilm and the future of “Star Wars” was Joseph Kosinski, the visual stylist who brought “Tron” and The Grid back to the big screen.
MTV News recently got on the phone with Kosinski to talk about his latest film, “Oblivion,” and naturally, the conversation drifted to the continuing “Star Wars” saga.
“I have not, I have not,” he said. “For me, I feel like, between ’Tron’ and ’Oblivion,’ I’ve gotten to fulfill my ’Star Wars’ fantasies, in a way. It’s flattering of you to mention, but like everyone else, I’m interested to see where they take it. I actually know the writer [Michael Arndt] on it very well; he’s a fantastic writer, and I think he’s perfect for the job, so I’m sure it will be a great story, and I can’t wait to see what they do with it.”
While he may not be involved, like any fan of the series, Kosinski hopes that whoever takes over puts his or her own spin on the franchise and Lucas’ universe.
“It is tough. I mean, whoever does it hopefully will have the freedom to put their own stamp on it and present a unique vision,” he said. “Hopefully it will look and be something that no one’s expecting as the first ones were when they came out in the late ’70s. It’s a tricky challenge, but they’ve got really good people on it, so I’m sure they’ll figure something out.”
Speaking of his own sci-fi franchise, last week saw major developments in a second “Tron” sequel. Garrett Hedlund confirmed his involvement after Disney brought on Jesse Wigutow to rewrite the script. Kosinski, who’s already on-board, had this to say about the new film:
“We’ve got an idea for the next movie that’s really exciting to me. I mean, obviously, the only reason to go back would be if we could do something spectacular and really push the ideas forward that we had established in ’Legacy.’ We have an idea and an approach and a way into it that I’m really excited about, and now it’s about execution on the level of the script,” he said. “So working hard on that in the background, and hopefully that’ll all come together.
“It’s still the same plan in that ’Tron 3’ would deliver on the promises set up at the end of ’Legacy’ in different ways,” he continued. “You look at what happened in the closing scenes of ’Legacy’; I think it sets a clear direction for what could happen in the next chapter.”