Report: Daft Punk to score 'Tron 2.0'
It's cult hit band meets cult hit film as the French electronica duo Daft Punk has been tapped to write the music for Disney's sequel to 1982's "Tron."
For a certain kind of geek, there's no more important film than Disney's 1982 cult hit "Tron."
The story about a man trapped inside a computer who must continually fight for his life by riding light-bikes across a digital playground didn't do so well at the box office but gained a massive following in the years since.
Now, Disney is working on "Tron 2.0," a sequel to the original, and word is that the studio has chosen Daft Punk, the French electronica duo that is itself a cult favorite, to write the score for the film.
That's according to the Upcoming Film Scores blog, which reported the news Wednesday, saying it had received confirmation from Disney.
The new film, which will star Jeff Bridges in the lead role--reprising his turn as the man trapped in the computer in the original--will be directed by Joseph Kosinski, according to IMDb. It is slated for a 2011 release.
Jeff Bridges, of course, is no stranger to being the star of cult films, having also played The Dude, aka Jeffrey Lebowski, in the Coen Brothers' uber-cult hit "The Big Lebowski."
Daft Punk is comprised of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, whose quirky and energetic songs, like "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," have garnered worldwide acclaim and all kinds of imitation. A video for that song featuring people using their hands to mimic the tune's lyrics has gotten more than 28 million views on YouTube.
And the band itself seems steeped in a sci-fi sensibility, so having Daft Punk score "Tron 2.0" is kind of a match made in heaven for the geek set.