Concept art from Disney's upcoming "Tron: Legacy." See the early mock-ups of characters, vehicles, and props.
"Tron: Legacy" opens in theaters in December, following the first "Tron" film by some 28 years. Disney has released a handful of concept images from the new movie showing characters, vehicles, and props.
Seen here is a mock-up of the new version of the grid city, which features a massive spire. On the top of the mile-high structure is a bar called the "End of the Line" club. Zooming toward it is one of the film's "recognizers"--a vehicle that seeks out rogue programs within the digital world.
Sam Flynn, played by Garret Hedlund, has a helmet comprised of several different materials. Designer Neville Page, who has a background in industrial design, said that while most movie props are made as cheaply as possible, the helmets for "Tron: Legacy" were made using the same materials and techniques used to make car headlights or sports helmets by Nike.
Tron's iconic lightcycles return in "Tron: Legacy," and bring with them the deadly trail that can cut off other racers who aren't quick enough to steer out of the way. The cycles debuted their new look in a visual-effects test at 2008's Comic-Con.
The reworked version of the lightcycle has been made to more closely blend with the rider, an effect the creators were going for in the first film, but were unable to accomplish due to technological hurdles.
An early sketch of the lightcycle. Designer Daniel Simon quit his job doing automobile design in Germany to work on "Tron: Legacy." Each vehicle he created has a seam that runs through the entire body.