Daft Punk to appear in Tron Legacy
Since the dawn of time, man has dreamed of cybernetic enhancement--of at last becoming one with its synthetic, dry-celled shadow kin.
Many have tried (the Tyrell Corporation, SkyNet, the makers of Short Circuits I and II), with exceedingly disastrous results.
Who would have guessed that Jeff Bridges and two French DJs would create the most harmonious symbiosis between man and machine yet?
The news that Daft Punk would be scoring the upcoming Tron sequel, scheduled for December of 2010, is old hat. But news trickled out today that the chrome-domed duo would be making an onscreen appearance in the Disney flick.
In an interview with Josh Horowitz, Tron Legacy co-star Olivia Wild let slip that Daft Punk "were in the movie."
And that's it. That's the extent of it.
Gimme Noise loves Daft Punk. Tron we could take or leave (okay, maybe it catapulted video gaming into the fore of American cultural consciousness, and for that, we're grateful).
But how will Disney successfully incorporate the universally recognized robotic visages of Daft Punk into a alter-verse of digital gladiators without tampering with the audience's suspension of disbelief?
Daft Punk's appearance in Gap ads about 10 years ago worked, but only barely, and that because Gap pulled it all off with tongues firmly in cheek.
But the San Diego Comic Con trailer of Tron Legacy seems to indicate that this Tron is a decidedly less campy, darker vision of the video game netherworld. Hard to imagine how Daft Punk's technicolor LED crawls will splash with all that black and blue heartlessness.
Well, no matter. We only have a year and 3 months to go until we get to find out the truth.