Entertainment Weekly published a great article today about how the Tron Legacy filmmakers sought out the help of some of Pixar's best and brightest for advice on improving the film after they showed them an early cut in March. Then, they actually hired Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and director Brad Bird to write some of the new pages for the reshoots. The screening took place in March, they also showed it to other filmmakers in LA, and then they went in for planned reshoots in June. An absolutely brilliant idea and I think this is going to only help make it a more polished movie all around.
The Pixar team that Tron was shown to included: John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, The Incredibles director Brad Bird, Toy Story 3/Little Miss Sunshine writer Michael Arndt, and others. They wanted to improve things like "character, emotion, and theme" and got advice from the guys who know that stuff the best. "Tron is very much Joe Kosinski's vision, a vision which is thrilling to me and I hope is thrilling to the fans," said producer Sean Bailey. "What I give Joe and the filmmaking team immense credit for, is this was all born out of how do we give the fans the best movie we can. We were very fortunate that Pixar wanted to play a part."
Beyond just being a brilliant idea, one reason in particular that this was a smart movie is that I know many, many people I've talked to about Tron Legacy have been worried the most about its story. Everyone has said that it certainly looks great, visually it's worth seeing, but they just want the story to be great as well, and I agree with them. This right here is evidence that they're doing everything they can to deliver the best story they can, on top of improving everything else about it. I'm already extremely excited for Tron Legacy and this only makes me more impatient. I can't wait to see what footage they show us at Comic-Con next week!