'Tron Legacy' Illuminates Cinema's Science Story
by Dan Vergano, USA TODAY
USA TODAY, Caltech, European Space Agency (ESA) News ISBN/ITEM#: CM101224LEGACY
Date: 24 December 2010
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(Image: A scene from the film 'Tron: Legacy'. Source: Disney/AP)
Speeding light-cycles, illuminated catsuits, and the computer-recreated head of Jeff Bridges - 'Tron Legacy' has plenty of fun stuff.
Are we just being spoilsports when we ask how much science there is in the just-released science-fiction flick?
Nope, says film director Joseph Kosinski. "It's in there", he says, citing meetings with scientists from the National Academy of Science's "Science Exchange" that shaped the look, story and sensibility of the sequel to the 1982 cult classic, 'Tron'.
"Once the discussion moved past the 'how could you do it, if you had to do it,' stage, the scientists had great ideas", Kosinski says. Discussions centered on physics advances made since the late 90's in quantum "teleportation", where atomic particles can transfer their characteristics from one to another instantaneously across great distances.
(Source: USA TODAY, Caltech, European Space Agency (ESA))