1 INT. CYBERSPACE
Electric-neon netherworld. Pulsing chromatics over jet black.
CONSTRUCTION CREW toils to complete a vast SWITCHING NEXUS.
CYPER-TECH CREWMEN and MACHINERY branded "X-NET".
3D lattice of routers, refractors, reassemblers... New,
unused data OPTIK HIGHWAY routes radiate from all sides,
X-Net Tactical Corps troops (herein X-Takks) patrol every
2 INT. X-NET NEXUS - UNDER CONSTRUCTION
DATA "TRAIN" enters. Sliver of RED DATA ENERGY shunt off,
shooting into RANDOM MEMORY BUFFER - geometrically perfect
lattice of PLASMA BEAMS and WHITE HOT intersection points.
X-Takks notice, moving to investigate.
DEEP IN THE LATTICE:
Red data "uploads" into solid form. A RED FIGURE. We see
from the back - infrared strobing DISK, etched metallic
detail, lethal EDGES -
Then slowly he - IT - turns. Hardly a face, only data-hungry
eyes, riveted to a TASK -
Seriously upgraded, over-clocked, armed for trouble. The
friendly hero we once knew has been re-programmed into a
X-Takks search ten story gantries.
TRON springs into the lattice, dodging PLASMA BEAMS, avoiding
detection. Slips into:
3 INT. NEXUS MAIN SHAFT
X-Takks on high alert.
TRON slips down main shaft, freezes, confirms data. Darts
behind MAIN POWER SUPPLY.
Pulls his DISK. DISK opens, extends oscillating DATA KEY.
TRON inserts key in and ENCRYPTION PANEL. Circuits energize.
Shockwave quakes system.
POWER SUPPLY OVERLOADS, SHORTING OUT.
X-Takks spot TRON.
Intruder! Fix coordinates!
POLICE POUNCE, FIRING.
Tron pulls hyper-disk off his back and HURLS IT -
DISK strikes cop, fries his circuits. Disk ricochets,
brutally accurate, takes out three more Police -
TRON flips into the air - His DISK boomerangs straight for
him. Certain death. But his timing is inhumanly accurate.
DISK docks on his back midair, lands and bolts.
ALARMS WAIL -
POWER SUPPLY VERGES on MELTDOWN, CIRCUITS FRY, PLASMA SPEWS.
X-NET CRISIS TEAM rushes in, inserts MASTER KEY. POWER SUPPLY
STABILIZES. Catastrophe averted.
TRON flips away, chased by firing X-Takks -
Arriving on the scene - split-second response:
Elite team of X-NET SECURITY AGENTS, lead by:
RX23 SECURITY LEADER (Cyber-twin of our real-world hero RUSH).
TRON jumps down MAIN SHAFT - a thousand stories. Riding his
DISK as a heat shield dodges X-Net fire, swerves into a DATA
RX23 and a pair of his AGENTS hop on PULSE RIDER vehicles,
hotly pursuing TRON.
TRON PLUNGES onto a DATA HIGHWAY - speed out of NEXUS, hurls
This is the first time an Intruder
has broken into X-Net!
And it's the last. Follow him!
Shut him down!
They speed onto the OPTIK HIGHWAY.
4 INT. X-NET OPTIK HIGHWAY
Broadband, light-speed OPTIK HIGHWAY. Empty, except for:
TRON - accelerating, escaping.
Rx23 and AGENTS catch up fast on Pulse Rider Vehicles.
TRON throws his disk. Blings off Agents - triggers CRASH.
PLASMA BLAST rips open highway wall.
Rx23 emerges unscathed, pursuing.
5 EXT. CYBERSPACE - ANCIENT SYSTEM ZONE
TRON leaps out blast hole, recovers his disk, vanishes into
ANCIENT SYSTEM ZONE.
Rx23 roars after him, riding hard, joined by:
Airborne SEARCH ENGINE vehicle, piloted by a dumpy nerd
program called KROD.
I got a lock. Coordinate 32937!
I'm on him!
RX23 chases Tron into a dark canyon. Hairpin turns and blind
curves. RX23 arrives a junction. Tron has vanished.
Which way did he go?!
6 INT. ENCOM CORPORATION BETA TEST LAB - DAY
Rabbit warren of computer programmers in crisis mode.
A head shoots up from a cubicle. It's Rush Nortebi, 23,
computer security expert. Real world version of the RX23
program. His cubicle is jammed with racks of vintage and
bleeding-edge computer gear.
I said WHICH WAY DID HE GO?
Dozens of programmers work feverishly to track the system
intruder. Everybody's stumped. Dangling from desk lamps,
the company toy: Conical pyramid with a square stuck on top,
labeled "X-NET RULES!"
Come on guys! Nobody hacks X-Net.
You gonna let him get away?!
Rush, I think I found him!
In the adjacent cubicle: Overweight ultra-nerd MILES RABBISH -
real world version of cyberworld Krod.
Check the old game grid!
Rush jockeys an old Apple LISA computer. On screen: a crude
old vector graphics game grid.
A RED FIGURE steps appears the grid.
You get a cookie, Miles!
Programmers gather to watch Rush in action.
7 EXT. CYBERSPACE - THE OLD GAME GRID
Vast, low-rez, uncool, largely forgotten.
TRON pulls a LIGHT WAND from his legging, grips it. A TURBO-
CHARGED LIGHT-CYCLE rezzes up beneath him. He fires his
LIGHTCYCLE. ZIP, he's gone.
Onto the grid blasts RX23, speeding on his Pulse rider. He
skids and swerves, learning the funky surface.
Search Engine flies onto the scene, hovering overhead.
Coordinate 6532.02! There he goes!
The chase is on.
TRON escapes across the vast grid-plane, head down, eyes
hollow. He gains speed, retreating to somewhere...
RX23 surges on his Pulse Rider, closing the gap.
8 INT. REAL WORLD - ENCOM BETA TEST LAB - DAY
Rush gets the hang of this old game.
I haven't played this since I was 4.
But I was mighty awesome.
RED LIGHTCYCLE turns hard 90 degrees, Rush maneuvers to
Co-workers lean over the cubicle walls from all sides:
Score an ID on this leech?
Negative. He's nobody.
Rush, you've gotta nail him.
Or you know we're all fired.
Rush baits the RED LIGHTCYCLE. It anticipates his every
move, goading him, tailing him.
Whoa, Rush! I groked a pattern in
his moves! Fake left, go right!
9 INT. CYBERSPACE - GAME GRID
Search Engine flies overhead - Krod locks on Tron.
RX23's Pulse Rider pulls the move, surges up beside red
Tron pulls away, baiting his opponent.
10 INT. ENCOM CORPORATION BETA TEST LAB - DAY
You got him on the run, dude!
Crash him! Rush RUSH RUSH.
RUSH hits keys, jockeys mouse. Feeling good. Shifts drive
status to: "TURBOJECT".
11 INT. CYBERSPACE - GAME GRID
RX23's Pulse Rider SCREAMS, gaining on Tron. Neck-and-neck.
But Tron suddenly brakes, quitting the chase.
RX23 is puzzled. Looks forward. Eyes spring wide.
12 INT. REAL WORLD - ENCOM CORPORATION BETA TEST LAB - DAY
Rush's screen: His Pulse Rider speeds straight for the rocks.
13 CYBERSPACE - GAME GRID
Pulse Rider smashes into rocks, RX23 pulverizes to neon bits.
Electro SHOCKWAVE sears across game grid. Search Engine
freezes overhead, glitches and CRASHES like a blimp.
All goes white - snow crash.
14 INT. REAL WORLD - ENCOM BETA TEST LAB - DAY
He crashed me!
FUBAR! Bad Thing! Flame War!
Miles. Did you get a trace on him?!
Miles stares at his blank screen. Blinking. Every screen
in the lab is blank.
We are so screwed.
Who tells the boss?
All eyes land on Rush.
Get the system back up! Now! Move!
15 EXT. LAWN OF ENCOM CORPORATE CAMPUS - DAY
PRESS CREWS camp a block away.
X-Net PR TEAM preps a media extravaganza. Shirt logo: "X-
NET = TOTAL DATA SECURITY" Banners, video projections, music.
X-NET PUBLIC RELATIONS VP leads entourage on a preview.
Weather is holding. Dress rehearsal
on for 6PM. In the morning, we let
the press in for a 7AM tech set-up,
then you go live worldwide 9 AM sharp.
Staff defers to: GORDON SINCLAIR (45), boyish, ruthless,
brilliant CEO of Encom Corporation.
Delay the press until 8:30. I'll
taking the stage at 8:50. Force a
network break-in. Then it's news.
He catches something on a video screen, snaps his fingers.
Play that again.
Crew murmurs on headsets. Promo video replays:
X-Net deploys radical software design,
constructs proprietary white-hot
firewalls, unleashes virus killer
apps. Creating the most secure data
network in history. Your data can
never again be hacked, corrupted,
stolen or destroyed. X-Net is the
final solution, totally guaranteed
99.999% secure data transmission -
Who changed that? Who put "99.999"?
X-Net executives chill.
Um, that would be... Legal.
Eyes land on withering LEGAL VP.
Change it back to the way I wrote
it. With the launch of X-Net, this
company guarantees one hundred percent
secure data transmission. If we
can't deliver on that promise, we
deserve to be out of business.
Rush appears from a building. Signals Sinclair aside.
What can't wait, Rush?
15 CONTINUED: (2)
Um. X-Net was just breached by a
SINCLAIR goes pale.
System's back up, no permanent damage,
but... But whoever's behind this,
they're good, and they're still out
16 INT. SINCLAIR'S OFFICE - DAY
Sprawling, big bucks, basketball hoop.
Sinclair enters, alone. Closes door. Uses a retinal scan
ID to access his computer. Secure connection opens. As he
speaks, text instantly appears:
Identify the intruder.
17 EXT. CYBERSPACE
Flashing circuitry, machine code bit-storm. We follow
Sinclair's text message data stream
Min-blowing cyberspace fly-over.
DATA BEAM penetrates a towering shaft, reaching deep inside
the MASSIVELY FORTIFIED X-NET CENTRAL SERVER.
18 INT. CYBERSPACE - X-NET CENTRAL SERVER / INNER SANCTUM
LONE FIGURE stands clothed in flashy cyber-armor: Fluid
photons, oozing high-rez circuitry.
It's PLEXOR, cyber-twin of real-world Sinclair.
He crosses into an round inner sanctum. DATA STREAM radiates
PLEXOR stands in the center, pulls his DISK off his back,
raises it above his head.
Data stream converges onto disk, becomes a tight RUBY RED
Plexor's eyes decode transmission. Text races across his
eyes: IDENTIFY THE INTRUDER.
Identity not captured.
19 INT. REAL WORLD - SINCLAIR'S OFFICE - DAY
Other side of the link. Real-world Sinclair reads text as
it appear on his office screen: IDENTITY NOT CAPTURED.
How did he enter X-Net?
His text inputs. Answer comes: "Path untraceable"
How could you let this happen?
20 INT. CYBERSPACE - PLEXOR'S INNER SANCTUM
Plexor processes the input - remains emotionless.
I do what you programmed me to do.
I am constructing X-Net.
21 INT. ENCOM CORPORATION - SINCLAIR'S OFFICE - DAY
New instructions - find and destroy
Text reply: "Resource allocation reconfiguration required.
Estimated delay to X-Net construction: 46.4 hours."
No. We can't delay the opening of X-
Net. Disregard my last command.
Maintain construction priority.
Sinclair cuts off the contact, pressure mounting.
22 INT. CYBERSPACE - PLEXOR'S INNER SANCTUM
Ruby beam goes dark. Plexor lowers his disk. His eyes are
cold, his confidence supreme.
23 INT. ENCOM CORPORATION CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY
Crisis management team assembles. Nervous X-Net Senior Staff.
Rush arrives late, out of breath, determined. Joins Phlegman
System is stable again, keep you
Any luck finding the intruder?
RUSH notices across the room: Brilliant, beautiful MEGAN
RANDALL, his age. Her security ID: "LEVEL BLACK".
What's she doing here? This is an
You and Meg still, eh... At it?
There was never anything between us.
Kelter and Phlegman trade a look. Sure.
She's Advanced Projects. This has
nothing to do with her.
Sinclair storms in. Room falls silent.
This company's existence depends on
the flawless launch of X-Net in twenty-
two hours, fifty-one minutes. Now
somebody - some hacker, some
competitor, somebody - just proved
they're smarter than us. Breaking
into X-Net is theoretically
Everybody looks at Rush.
This creep's the best I've ever seen.
He crosses platforms, cracks 128 bit
encryption, cloaks every move, never
leaves a trace.
When you find him, I'll be sure to
23 CONTINUED: (2)
Chuckles around the room. Mood chills: Sinclair's not
Boys and girls, we cannot sell a
secure network that is not secure.
We delay the launch.
And the world assumes we've got a
faulty product. And they'd be right.
We ramp up our encryption schemes -
Thicken all firewalls -
We can't win playing defense. And
it's a bigger job than just swatting
an intruder program. Somewhere,
there's a human mind behind this
thing. We have to get to that User
and shut him - or her - down, or the
game never ends.
Meg listens quietly. Studies Rush.
What do you need, Rush?
20 guys for 20 days -
We don't have 20 hours. This problem
needs to be gone before tomorrow
9AM. Come on people, this company's
future is at stake! It's time to
think without a box!
Minds ponder grimly. Finally, a lone VP rises. It's RUDY,
the company Archivist.
At a time like this, let's seek
inspiration in the past. We should
ask ourselves: What solution would
spring from the inspired mind of our
departed leader, Flynn.
23 CONTINUED: (3)
He's got an obituary photo of FLYNN, Encom's legendary
previous - and deceased - CEO.
Groans around the table. Execs rolls their eyes, disses
Rudy's idea. Flynn has become a stale company joke.
Rudy sheepishly sits.
But Sinclair stops behind Rudy, eyes fixed on the photo of
Flynn. An idea takes hold. He looks to Meg.
Is the QF-401 is operational?
Um... Midway into phase one testing.
Confusion among execs. Nobody knows what a "QF-401" is.
Not even Rush.
If we can't fight this intruder from
the outside, then maybe we need to
fight him from the inside.
Meg's mind races.
I'm ready to do my part.
This company needs a hero. Who among
you is the smartest, most resourceful
Looks trade around the table. Meg slowly rises, indicating
Who else could it be?
She's singled out Rush.
24 INT. ENCOM CORP CORRIDOR - SECURE ELEVATOR - DAY
Meg leads Sinclair and Rush to a SECURE ELEVATOR. Her retinal
scan ID opens the door. They step in.
25 INT. ENCOM SECURE ELEVATOR - GOING DOWN - MOMENTS LATER
Somebody going to tell me what I've
been volunteered for?
Rush, you're the only one I can trust
to eliminate the intruder. But you
won't be doing it the way you thought.
Meg's been working on something down
here that's, well... Beyond Top
Rush drills a look at Meg, but she keeps it all business.
26 INT. ENCOM ADVANCED RESEARCH LAB - MOMENTS LATER
Out the elevator, Meg leads them into a maze of ultra-tech
This is where Flynn worked. And
where he died.
Amid sleek new equipment, there's a glass cabinet housing a
CHARRED REMNANT of strange machinery.
Meg has reconstructed Flynn's last
project. This time it works.
Mega signals lab assistant DEWEY. He pokes buttons: A
MASSIVE TECHNICAL DEVICE unfolds and boots up.
You didn't pick this up at Circuit
City. What is it?
A Quantum Digitizer. Prototype,
only one of its kind. Flynn designed
it to break down physical objects
into high resolution data. Luckily,
we salvaged his key components and
back-engineered the system.
She opens a cage, places her LAB RAT (Jo-Jo) on a target
stage. Dewey boots controls, presses commands. Beam array
scans the rat into the computer, forming a 3D rat-image on
screens, dematerializing the physical rat. Device revs down.
Rush runs his hand over the empty target stage.
That's... Not possible.
Lab rat has vanished from the physical world. Its digitized
image rotates on monitors.
Flynn was trying to take it one step
further. He wanted to transport a
human being into cyberspace.
You mean the urban legends? A
computer sucked Flynn into cyberspace
a long time ago.
We think it happened.
Meg agrees. Rush gets a chill.
It was a fluke. But Flynn worked
for years, down here, trying to make
it happen again. One day a test
went bad. A plasma reaction destroyed
this lab. Flynn was reduced to ash.
Rush views the charred remains in the glass case. Photos of
the destroyed lab. Spooky evidence of a hellish death scene.
I was never told how he died. It
was all just weird, you know, because
Flynn's the guy who hired me. But
he was strange, kept to himself, I
didn't know what job I was supposed
to be doing.
Then you came onboard, the company
woke up, we had a direction. It was
kind of pathetic, because by the
time Flynn died, everybody was too
busy to care.
He was brilliant in his way, but
genius without discipline leads to
nothing. His reckless habits nearly
ruined this company... And for sure
got him killed.
A last look at the charred remains of Flynn's machine.
That kind of accident can't happen
again. We've upgraded the system in
ways Flynn never could. The chips
didn't exist until now.
26 CONTINUED: (2)
She presses commands. Beams re-materialize the lab rat on
the target stage. Jo-jo is as good as new.
Hey, Jo-Jo. Have good trip?
She puts the rat in on her shoulder, feeds it a tidbit.
Then she scrutinizes Rush.
Rush considers Meg, then turns to Sinclair.
You want her to send me into
cyberspace to catch that jerk who
The future of this company depends
Rush looks to Meg. She offers a reassuring nod.
You can bring me back okay?
Lab rat is perched happily on her shoulder.
Destroy the intruder by 9AM tomorrow,
Rush. I know if anyone can, it's
you. I've had my eye on you for a
long time. Score this hit and I'll
make you my full partner in this
Rush is awe-struck. Ready, willing, able. He shakes
Sinclair's hand, sealing the deal.
I won't let you down. Let's do it.
Meg removes target stage, swings a custom TARGET CHAIR in
place. Rush lowers in place. Meg buckles him in. Last
chance for a private word:
I promise I'll get you back safely
by 9AM tomorrow. But you have to
promise me something too -
26 CONTINUED: (3)
You're a piece of work. You dumped
me because you said I was too much
about the company's needs and not
enough about yours. Well here we
are, the company needs their best
guy, and you just can't admit how
much to hurts to nominate me.
This bigger than us, Rush. Listen
to me. I don't know what you're
going to find in there, but whatever
it is, promise you'll follow your
heart and do the right thing.
Rush stares at here, in shock.
Oh. So you think I have a heart?
Meg breaks away, retreating to the controls with Sinclair.
Rush's trails her with his eyes - he can't stop looking.
(under his breath)
Meg initiates Quantum Digitizer sequence.
Rush watches PULSING CHROMATIC LIGHT build down the unit's
column, coming toward him.
Plasma strobes CYAN/MAGENTA. Unit HUMS... Then GROANS
WILDLY. Flashes randomize. Something's off balance -
Meg worries. Moves for the "abort" button.
Unit sparks. Ceramic components STRESS and CRACK.
Rush clenches his seat, terrified.
System is losing stability!
Sinclair sees: Monitor sounds company-wide alert: "X-NET
BREECH! INTRUDER DETECTED!"
26 CONTINUED: (4)
There's been another breech!
It's the Intruder again!
We have to abort!
We might not get another chance!
Sinclair pulls Meg's hand from the "abort" button and slams
his hand on "DIGITIZE".
BEAM ARRAY scans Rush's body, reducing it to bits -
Meg worries -
Sinclair dives for cover -
PLASMA BALL engulfs Quantum Digitizer.
FINAL BITS of Rush scan away.
Plasma ball FRIES the unit. Breakers trip. Power fades.
Meg and Sinclair come up to find:
Quantum Digitizer: In a smoking heap.
Target chair: Empty.
27 EXT. CYBERSPACE TRANSITION
Light-speed thrill-ride, hurling into digital chaos.
Rush's electrified body hurtles across the void, eyes filled
with TERROR and AWE.
28 EXT. CYBERSPACE - X-NET CENTRAL SERVER
Shimmering bits morph into an awesome cyberscape.
Rush enters this bizarre world - CRASH/FLASH - stranger in a
strange land. Data energy ZAPS off his body, interacting
with the landscape circuitry around him. He fights it, tries
to control it.
Rush stands, beholds the place. Looks at his hands and arms,
clad in circuitry. He finds he had landed outside:
Fortress-like X-NET CENTRAL SERVER. ALARMS SOUNDING inside.
He turns, looks up a FIREWALL. Hundreds of X-Takk Troops
hurry to look down. FIRING WEAPONS.
A FIGURE comes at him, down the wall, STREAKING RED.
TRON lands on a plateau above Rush, gazing down.
They face each other, equally perplexed.
Rush is no longer human, but not quite a program either.
Energy zaps off his body, infusing the surrounding circuitry.
Tron stares, unblinking - Cyber-Ninja.
It's YOU! The intruder!
Rush's body circuits PULSE with anger - data surges out his
feet, across floor circuitry, up to the plateau. Energy
interacts with Tron's body circuits, siphoning off bits of
Code races across Rush's eyes. Identification data.
You are... TRON?!?
X-Takks hustle onto the scene.
Tron leaps off the plateau, cutting the data connection. He
whips his disk off his back and THROWS.
Disk SLAMS Rush in the gut, knocks him flat.
X-Takks pursue Tron -
Tron recovers his disk - vanishes in an OUTBOUND DATA STREAM,
losing his pursuers.
X-Takks pull Rush to his feet, shocked.
28 CONTINUED: (2)
But... You crashed irrecoverably!
Uh, well, I'm not exactly -
RX23 has been rebooted!
RX23 reboot was not authorized!
Pushing through Police: A sleek, smart cyber-babe MEGA.
(She's Meg's cyber-twin: Twice the edge, half the patience,
all the curves.)
Rush is awed by the sight of her.
Yow. I know who programmed you.
I am Mega, X-Net Intelligence.
Mega. Cool. I am -
A spy? Posing as RX23? Under which
register were you rebooted?
I'm a User.
Mega and X-Takks look at him like he's crazy.
Detain this impostor.
X-Takks move to seize Rush.
No wait, look. We're on the same
side here. I got an ID on the
Mega touches Rush, exciting his energy flow. She reads
data streaming in his eyes - TRON'S ID info.
How did he get that??
28 CONTINUED: (3)
Plexor must know of this!
29 EXT. CENTRAL CONTROL SERVER
Mega and X-Takks escort Rush across bridges, in security
portals. Firewalls cool and part, allowing them to pass.
Down a grand corridor, past towering energy columns and
throbbing green memory banks. They cross a bridge. View
includes: Vast square concentric security rings surround a
massive cubic POWER SUPPLY CORE.
30 INT. PLEXOR CPU
Plexor toils over the latest security breech, failing to
decipher recordings of the Intruder.
Rush is brought in buy Mega. He double-takes on Plexor, the
cyber-twin of Sinclair.
Plexor. This is the one.
Plexor steps closer, scanning Rush.
You are not RX23.
My name is Rush. I'm a - Look, I
got an ID on the Intruder. Do you
know the program they used to call
Plexor activates memory banks. Accesses archive files of
the original low-rez Tron: So harmless, so many years ago.
Bears little resemblance to the upgraded Tron.
You are in error. Zero match.
Exactly. That's how he's getting
past you. You don't see him for
what he is. He's one of your own,
gone bad. Tron was a crude security
program from Encom's old days.
Strictly low-rez, right? Archived
and forgotten. But his source code
contains all the architecture of
every Encom system, including X-net.
That's why some smart User dusted
him off and upgraded him -
People. Like me. From the outside.
People who write all of your
Plexor and Mega trade a look.
He displays random instability.
Users do not exist.
How do we contact Sinclair? He'll
You don't know? Oh geez. There
must be a way to link him into this.
Rush touches Plexor's command console, but his energy
OVERLOADS the system -
X-Takks pull Rush away.
Zero match for a "Sinclair".
He's your boss. Everybody's boss.
Outside, in the real world.
Assuming the existence of a world
beyond this, is a fatal error.
Plexor issues all commands.
Rush considers his predicament.
30 CONTINUED: (2)
Okay. Sorry. I'm a program, guess
I got a piece of my code corrupted.
Whatever it is, it's given me power
(to X-Takks and Mega)
They saw me read his circuits. Can
any other program do that?
Plexor looks to Mega.
He creates alternative data channels
Yeah, I'm a little unstable. But I
can find Tron for you.
Plexor processes. His eyes stream barcode data to X-Takks:
X-Takk Troops read Plexor's barcode command with their eyes.
They let go of Rush.
Plexor turns to Mega. Issues more barcode.
Interface with this one. Exploit
his ability. Locate the program
"Tron" and destroy him on sight.
Instructions received, Plexor.
Mega exits with Rush. Plexor's gaze lingers on Rush.
31 EXT. CENTRAL CONTROL SERVER
Security PORTAL opens.
Ultra sleek STRAITHE vehicle glides out, accesses a shiny
new, EMPTY X-NET DATA OPTIK HIGHWAY.
32 INT. STRAITHE VEHICLE - RACING DOWN X-NET OPTIK HIGHWAY
Mega at the controls. Rush rides, beholding the lightshow
wonder of Cyberspace.
I need to find a program called KROD.
He's a specialist in pattern
recognition. He snagged the last
known position on Tron for me.
Mega scans data, gets a fix on "KROD".
This is a waste of X-Net resources.
You're strictly random. We will
never find the intruder this way.
Plexor ordered us to work together.
You can't doubt his instructions,
Of course not. But I am programmed
to predict all possible errors. You
contain an infinite quantity.
Meg for sure programmed you.
I have no data on "Meg".
Never mind. I'm being random.
Mega speeds along empty X-Net OPTIK HIGHWAY. Wide, secure,
newly constructed. High above the tangle of chaotic, clogged
OLD DATA ARTERIES.
X-Net is amazing. It's going to
change everything. Unless one rogue
program called Tron brings it down.
Do you believe he could?
I calculated the probability.
He could crash it all.
So we're working together on this?
As instructed, I will interface.
Mega pulls STRAITHE into:
33 INT. X-NET SWITCHING NEXUS/HUB CITY
Construction nearly complete. High security.
Mega leads Rush to secured encryption gates. Her eyes light
with data, the gate opens.
The program "KROD" is over there.
Across a bridge: An old-network HUB CITY. Like Hong Kong
in wilder days. Jammed with Programs, colorful data, loud
data transfer screams.
What a dump.
He heads across, but Mega hesitates.
Mega grudgingly follows. Portal closes.
34 EXT. HUB CITY
Electro-pop overload. Rush and Mega squeeze through crowds,
past screaming data pipes and sizzling circuitry.
City is dominated by mugshots of TRON: "ENEMY OF THE FUTURE"
Mega locates a gleaming X-NET KIOSK. A PROMOTER (KROD)
extoles the virtues of the X-Net system:
Three more hub cities have been
attacked by viruses!
(crowd gets scared)
But X-Net opens soon! You will travel
in total security!
Crowd buzzes. They can't wait.
This is the one you seek?
Rush approaches Krod. Looks like Miles Rabbish. There's a
bizarre moment of recognition between them.
It's gotta be -
Yeah, yeah - Heeey!
The best pattern recognition program
This guy can filter a river of junk
data and pull out the good stuff.
You know it, dude!
Krod smiles big at Mega, refers to Rush:
Who is this guy?
Rush pulls Krod aside.
Miles - I mean Krod, you flew the
search engine. You ran a trace on a
hotshot lightcycle rider. The red
Well. Eh. I'd like to help you,
but truth is, I just got rebooted
from a big crash. There's nothing
left in my memory from before.
He taps his head.
This will yield zero.
Rush thinks, touches a surface. Concentrates. Circuitry
zaps from data coming off his hands. Connections illuminate,
data races around walls and floors.
Programs stop what they're doing, amazed by the feat.
34 CONTINUED: (2)
Mega is astonished - and privately worried.
Rush's data flow illuminates surfaces with images from HIS
memory - the opening light cycle race.
Remember, Krod? You were watching
this lightcycle duel, a red guy and
a green guy, head-to-head.
Krod gawks at the image, but he's stumped.
The green guy faked out the red guy,
but the red guy double-faked the
Okay! YES! And the green guy
splattered big time! It was awesome!
How could I forget that?!
Splat happens in Rush's memory image. All goes white.
Where did the red guy go after that?
You didn't crash right away.
He escaped out this hidden exit -
Krod's points to another screen. "Wanted" image of Tron.
THAT GUY! The RED GUY!
Did you jack his coordinate?
They slap high fives. Krod double-takes on Rush.
And the green guy was YOU! You got
rebooted?! They called you, um -
Don't tell me, I got it, eh -
Call me Rush.
34 CONTINUED: (3)
Yeah! Whatever. You're good. How'd
you do that thing with your hands?
It's complicated. You're coming
with us to the old game grid. We're
going to find Tron and shut him down.
They head out. Krod falls in beside Mega, impressed by her.
Hey babe. Did I ever know you?
35 EXT. ANCIENT COMPUTER SYSTEM I/O PORT
Rush, Krod and Mega head deep into an obsolete, abandoned
region of low-rez circuitry.
The old game grid is this way -
He spins. Rush and Mega aren't behind him. They've climbed
inside a defunct I/O Port: Like a retro-tech temple.
How do I uplink to the real world?
The real world doesn't exist. Nobody
can uplink. These ports were for
Right... But how did those poor
misguided fools boot up the link?
They stood in the center. Held their
disk above their head.
Rush pulls his disk off his back, aims it skyward.
Concentrates. Energy flows off his feet, interacts with the
I/O Port floor.
RUBY COMMUNICATION BEAM shoots skyward.
36 INT. REAL WORLD - SINCLAIR'S OFFICE - DAY
Kelter and Phlegman report to Sinclair:
KELTER & PHLEGMAN
Intruder attempted another break-in.
We patched the firewall, but our
manpower getting is maxed out.
Stay on it! Nobody sleeps!
Guys hustle out. Sinclair wheels, as Meg storms in.
There's a message on your secure
Sinclair enters retinal ID. Text forms:
Where is this coming from - ?
Meg hurries to the screen.
Text appears: I AM RUSH.
My God, he's there.
Rush, it's Sinclair and Meg.
Her words transform into text.
37 EXT. CYBERSPACE - ANCIENT I/O PORT
Rush raises his disk, beaming data into the great unknown.
Smiles as he downloads the response.
Mega and Krod watch nearby.
I identified the intruder.
I/O PORT walls ZAP ENERGY, STRESSING Rush's CONNECTION -
38 INT. REAL WORLD - SINCLAIR'S OFFICE - DAY
Text appears: INTRUDER IS UPGRADED VERSION OF TRON.
Tron? Wasn't Tron one of our
Sinclair and Meg trade baffled looks.
39 INT. CYBERSPACE - X-NET NEXUS
Plexor oversees construction. X-Takk Commander points to
something in the distance.
Beyond the horizon, the RUBY RED BEAM reaches to the heavens.
Plexor sees it, alarmed.
40 EXT. CYBERSPACE - ANCIENT I/O PORT - MORNING
Text forms in magenta circuitry - GOOD WORK PARTNER.
I have a plan to crash Tron.
Mega turns with alarm.
Walls THUNDER and CRASH IN -
Rush leaps clear with his disk -
MASSIVE ROMBALL (data reformatting orb) hurtles around the
I/O Port, ZAPPING all it touches, de-rezzing data structures
into neutral gray "blank matter".
ROMBALL loops skyward.
GIANT D-REZZ PROGRAM crashes down from above, retrieves
ROMBALL - He's ENORMOUS, TOUGH, SINGLE-MINDED.
41 INT. ENCOM CORPORATION - SINCLAIR'S OFFICE - DAY
Sinclair and Meg hang on the broken transmission:
Words appear: END OF LINE.
He'd better not fail.
42 EXT. ANCIENT COMPUTER SYSTEM I/O PORT
D-Rezz screams like a modem, hurls ROMBALL -
Mega and Krod dive clear -
ROMBALL misses them, but BLAZES DOWN two more I/O Ports. D-
rezz retrieves ROMBALL, bears down on Mega and Krod.
Hey! Double points if you nail me!
Bring it on!
D-Rezz turns his ugly sights on Rush, baited away from Mega
D-rezz flexes and ROARS, revealing an X-NET LOGO on his chest.
Stop! End your routine!
D-rezz corners Rush, hurls his ROMBALL - Ball fires every
circuit in its path, bleaching away data energy.
Rush dodges -
Cease! Desist! We're on the same
Mega throws her disk, plings D-rezz on the skull. D-rezz
turns on her -
Rush runs, LEAPS on D-Rezz's back. Like riding a gorilla -
D-Rezz flips Rush to the ground, pins him with one mighty
hand, raises his ROMBALL for the kill.
I'm X-Net too!
Data flows from Rush's body, up D-Rezz's clamping arm.
Radiant energy between predator and prey.
Digits race in D-rezz's eyes. A code unlocks. He looks
down, finally registering the X-Net markings on Rush's outfit.
D-Rezz lets go of Rush, slumps back on his haunches. Lowers
his head in shame.
No, hey, hey big guy, don't take it
so hard. We all have bad days.
RUSH rolls the BIG ROMBALL over: A peace offering.
Mega and Krod cautiously approach.
He was carrying out his programming.
All I/O Ports are scheduled for de-
D-rezz hears this, happy to be understood. (He never talks.)
Easy, big guy. No harm, no foul.
D-Rezz, we can use a guy with your
raw power. You ready to be a hero
D-Rezz stands, clutches his ROMBALL. Reporting for duty.
Cool. Now I've got somebody I can
D-rezz modem-growls at Krod.
Let's get to the game grid.
Rush leads them up an incline.
(grudgingly, to Rush)
You have a skill for manipulating
When do I get a shot at hacking your
Never. Our operating systems are
You act like I've got a virus.
They come to a spectacular vista of the OLD GAME GRID. Low
resolution, uncool, largely forgotten.
42 CONTINUED: (2)
There it is.
The place we nail Tron.
43 EXT. GAME PORTAL OUTPOST
Obsolete, abandoned computer game entry portal, guarding
entry to the old game grid beyond. An electro-tech carnival
zone gone dark. No life in sight... Then:
Beam of DATA ENERGY sling-shots at ground level, solidifying
A slender, jumpy Program called I-BEEM. He wears the X-Net
logo and a cracked disk on his back. He's highly unstable
and way unplugged from the system (like one of those Japanese
soldiers still fighting alone in the hills 10 years after
WWII was over).
I-Beem sees something - he PANICS, zapping away in
characteristic streaks of airborne data. He reassembles in
a hiding place, skittish, observing:
Rush, Mega, Krod and D-Rezz arrive. See GIANT PILE of GAME
VEHICLE PARTS blocking access to the grid.
Rush picks up an old LIGHT WAND. Krod finds one too.
D-rezz. Cut a path.
D-Rezz hurls his Romball, ZAPS into VEHICLE PARTS. A dent.
That's good. Keep doing it.
D-rezz retrieves Romball for another whack -
ZAP - DATA ENERGY BEAM snaps in front of them, becoming I-
Beem. He grips his rickety disk, challenging them.
Violation! Go away! Access denied!
Relax, buddy -
Mega scans I-beem. He freaks, drops his disk, grabs for it.
Pound him to bits, D-rezz.
D-Rezz raises his Romball to pulverize I-Beem.
I-Beem freaks, ZAPS away in his data beam as Romball crashes
down. I-Beem reforms further way, then beside them - He
snatches his pancake disk, the zaps away again, emerging
then high on the pile of parts.
Searching data bank. "I-Beem".
Security Specialist, damaged in
service, rated unstable.
(ranting from above)
"Unstable"! Like they aren't?!
They booted me off X-Net! I'll show
them! I'm doing my subroutine out
here! Nobody gets through this
He kicks parts - avalanche fills the gap D-rezz blasted.
D-rezz, take out this blip.
D-rezz cocks Romball. I-Beem freaks, sling-shots all over
the place via his data beam, tossing his wobbly disk.
Rush catches I-Beem's disk. Holds off D-Rezz.
Hang on. I-Beem. We're from X-Net
CPU. You're doing a great job out
here. Everybody knows it.
Mega throws Rush a look. I-beem comes up, grateful.
That's right. Now, have you seen a
rogue Program around here? He's
red. Super fast. Known as "Tron".
Data zags to Rush, forming into: I-Beem. Wide-eyed.
43 CONTINUED: (2)
The red one! That illegal function!
He blasts through here and JUMPS
OVER THE TOP! I tell him access
denied - he JUMPS RIGHT OVER like I
was never there!
When did he come through last?
Right before you got here.
Rush trades looks with Mega, Krod and D-Rezz. Trail is hot.
I-beem, we've got a plan to shut
down that red violator. You're going
to help us.
Let me at him!
First, you've got to let us onto the
I-Beem stiffens, reflexively vigilant. He scans the four of
them again, finally softening. He zaps to a wall near his
giant barrier, then proudly pushes aside a thin panel. Beyond
a corridor of game gear, view expanses to reveal:
44 EXT. OLD GAME GRID
Rush steps across the vast vector-graphic grid surface.
Eerie. Quiet. Pure.
Mega, I-Beem, Krod and D-rezz follow.
This region is obsolete.
Rush kneels, touches grid lines. Circuits energize, as his
energy surges in all directions. He draws in data.
There's bits of Tron's code all over.
Krod, give D-Rezz and I-beem the
escape coordinate Tron used on me.
Krod's eyes flash data to I-Beem and D-rezz. "Tr165444.018".
D-Rezz nods, palming his Romball.
That's where Tron will bail out.
We'll make sure he needs to. Go set
up the trap.
You only get one shot at this, big
guy. Stop him but don't destroy
him, right? He's got data I need.
D-rezz grips Romball, grunts affirmation. He and I-beem
head for the perimeter of the grid.
If this is Tron's territory, he'll
know we're here. He'll hide.
He can't resist a grudge match.
He'll take risks trying to beat me.
That's how we trip him up.
Whip it out.
Rush unsheathes his LIGHT WAND.
Krod pulls out his own LIGHT WAND.
They both look at Mega.
She's got no light wand.
You didn't bring one?
I don't have one.
Hey, not a problem -
Krod holds his light wand forward, activates it. LIGHT CYCLE
up-rezzes under him. He revs it, ready to go.
- Hop on!
Hang on, Krod.
44 CONTINUED: (2)
Rush activates his light wand. LIGHT CYCLE up-rezzes under
him, with a special two tier seat for a second rider.
I upgraded my unit.
You are awesome, man. I hate you.
Mega considers. There's more on her mind she's not talking
about. She smiles at Rush, climbs on back of his light cycle.
Mmmm... Hack me.
A nod between Rush and Rush - they TAKE OFF.
LIGHT CYCLES shoot across grid surface.
Mega screams and clutches Rush, throwing her body against
his, clamping her arms around him.
Krod and Rush turn 90 degrees, rallying, passing each other,
getting warmed up. It's familiar territory.
Light cycles race toward each other on the same line.
Mega holds Rush tight, eyes filling with terror.
Resource conflict! Fatal crash
But Krod and Rush slow their light cycles with expert skill,
rolling safely to a halt, nose-to-nose. Directly over:
A BIG RED DOT. The only dot on the grid.
Mega, Rush and Krod raise up to scan the horizon. It's all
clear flat grid to the horizon.
Any sign of him?
Everything looks the same to me.
Everything looks the same. The same.
Krod, snap out of it.
44 CONTINUED: (3)
Tron will never expose himself.
They watch, wait, pivot.
45 EXT. EDGE OF GAME GRID
D-rezz and I-beem search grid edge, along the rocky boundary.
I-beem zaps himself further along, finding:
Glowing code numbers mark the end of each grid line.
D-rezz grunts, points. One lights up "Tr165444.018"
They follow the line off the grid, where it leads into a
narrow rocky pass.
Yes, I see. Perfect trap. This is
going to be good. Climb, climb!
46 EXT. GAME GRID / CENTER SPOT
Rush, Mega and Krod wait on their light cycles.
SPECK moves on the horizon, turns a corner, stays on the
horizon. Another corner. It's a light cycle, making a huge
box around them.
Remember the plan, Krod. Don't bail
out until the last millisecond.
Lightcycle turns toward them, coming fast.
Hang on tight, Mega.
Mega hugs Rush.
They SPEED AWAY.
Approaching cycle comes at 90 degree angle, turns hard, closes
It's TRON. Heartless eyes, ruthless moves.
Rush turns quick, baiting Tron. Tron turns to follow, coming
Krod runs interference, cuts sharp in front of Tron.
It's a high-stakes speed-chase, narrowly missing side walls
and rock outcroppings.
47 EXT. EDGE OF GAME GRID
I-beem zaps onto the grid, tracks horizon dots.
Here they come!
He zaps back to the edge, signals upward. D-rezz straddles
the rock passage above, ready to hurl his Romball.
48 EXT. GAME GRID
Tron takes the lead in a three-way heat. Revs to breath-
Rush and Krod gain, coming up on either side of Tron.
Tron looks to each opponent. His eyes lock on Mega.
Mega stares into Tron's cold eyes, almost like she's trying
to signal him. But Tron returns his gaze forward, as the
ROCKY EDGE looms closer.
Wuss! You call that speed!?
Rush kicks in a hyper-burner, surging forward. Krod does
the same. Tron responds with more speed.
Rush and Krod have Tron sandwiched, heading for the rock
edge. Tron pulls ahead, aiming for the hidden crevasse.
Mega worries. Clings to Rush.
49 EXT. EDGE OF GAME GRID
D-rezz, astride the crevasse, sees light cycles speeding his
way. He's got the Rom-ball poised to intercept Tron.
I-beem de-rezzes into the grid, clearing the path.
Rush and Krod taunt Tron into the trap...
But, out of nowhere, Mega reaches to Rush's handlebars and
turns 90 degrees too soon.
Hey, what are you - ??
Tron sees the bail-out, knows something's wrong. He looks
ahead, sees D-rezz astride his crevasse escape root, rom-
ball poised in the air.
Tron bails out 90 degrees, cutting behind Krod. Krod turns
twice, ending up in Tron's lane.
To the side, Rush's light cycle screams toward solid rock,
vibrating out of control.
Rush grabs Mega and JUMPS OFF. They slide on the grid,
holding each other.
Krod's lightcycle heads for the rock escape passage.
No! It's ME!
Rush and Mega slide to a halt, in time to see:
Their light cycle SMASHES rocks, explodes in a million bits.
WHY DID YOU DO THAT?!
I- I GOT SCARED!
Krod shoots gap. D-rezz is ready to smash him with his
No! It's Krod! Tron is OVER THERE!
D-rezz makes mental switch, hurls Romball.
Romball bounces down solid rock, onto game grid, rolls with
ferocious speed, DIAGONALLY across the grid.
Romball curves to track Tron - like a great bowling shot.
Romball clips rear wheel of Tron's lightcycle. Lightcycle
vaporizes. Tron skids and tumbles.
I-beem zaps beside Rush and Mega. Krod and D-rezz join them.
49 CONTINUED: (2)
There he goes!
Tron climbs over rocks, escaping through a TUNNEL.
We've got him now. Let's go!
WHOOSH! Electro-fire Romball careens across grid, bearing
down on them.
Group DIVES CLEAR.
D-rezz swings in a foot, stopping the Romball - inches short
of mowing down Krod.
I could have done that.
He strobes, freezes, hits the deck.
50 INT. ANCIENT COMPUTER SYSTEM TUNNEL
Stalking their prey: Rush, Krod, I-beem and D-rezz.
We can't go any further.
Ahead, vast old circuitry has been "eaten through" by dull
throbbing greenish MEMORY LEAKAGE. Paths of unaffected
material are narrow and maze-like.
What is it?
Don't ask, dude.
It's a memory leak, once it starts,
it infects everything.
Touch it and you crash forever. We
cannot risk it.
Then it's settled.
Krod turns to head home.
Stop. Listen to me. You might not
believe there's a world outside of
this one, but let's just say a guy
named Sinclair is depending on me.
If Tron got through here, then I can
too. Who's with me?
D-rezz steps forward, then I-Beem. Shamed, Krod joins them.
Finally, Mega makes it unanimous.
Good. I-beem, take D-rezz, see what's
up ahead. We'll guard this portal
until you come back.
I-beem and D-rezz buddy up and depart on a recon mission.
Krod pulls off his disk, nervously practices boomerang throws.
Better show me how to use mine.
No problem. It's all in the velocity-
Rush pulls the disk off his own back. He throws - disk flies
wild - he runs to retrieve it.
Mega retreats to a side area, partially eroded by memory
leakage. She finds the remnants of COM CIRCUITRY and stares
data beams into its transducer.
51 EXT. X-NET NEXUS UNDER CONSTRUCTION - PLEXOR'S VEHICLE
Plexor's vehicle circuitry forms image of Mega.
We interfaced with Tron. He escaped
into a dark zone.
52 INT. ANCIENT COMPUTER SYSTEM TUNNEL
Around a corner, Rush comes to retrieve his disk. He pauses
to eavesdrop on Mega's communication:
The Random One has proven effective?
He is all glitches and bad data. He
virtually got us de-rezzed. I
recommend we terminate this mission.
Rush listens, hurt and angry.
No. Proceed. If you keep Tron on
the run, he cannot attack X-Net.
It's a poor allocation of resources.
You have your instructions.
Circuits go dark. Mega turns, running smack into:
"All glitches and bad data." What's
up with you? Ever since I got here,
you've been working against me.
I act as Plexor programs me.
Blah blah blah. You've got you own
processor. I can feel it working
overtime. Did Meg program you to
mess with me?
I have no match for "Meg" -
First, you don't want to come with
me, then you're all over me on the
light cycle - so you can dump us
over and blow the plan. We would
have nailed Tron by now if it wasn't
for you. What's your malfunction?
Don't troubleshoot me!
Angry silence. Eyes locked.
52 CONTINUED: (2)
The most effective alternative is to
return to the main CPU and anticipate
Tron's next attack.
She moves to exit past him. He snags her arm, pulls her
back and KISSES HER.
Energy ZAPS between them, racing through their body circuits.
Rush downloads the spiky sensation. Mega remains cold and
Outside, Krod tosses his disk, moving to track as it arcs
through the air. He notices Rush and Mega kissing. Digs it
You ram hog!
His disk clunks him on the head.
Mega breaks the kiss, backing off, conflicted. Arcs of energy
stretch between them, then snap loose.
It's what I'm programmed to do.
Mega tries to ignore the kiss. She exits past the guys.
What were you doing with her?
Nothing. She had a glitch. I was
just pinging her EPROM.
She let you?
There's a way through!
Rush, Krod and Mega hurry to see:
I-beem zap-zap-zaps toward them, scared to death -
Tron attacked us! D-rezz has him
Rush stows his disk on his back -
We've got him now.
53 INT. ANCIENT COMPUTER SYSTEM LABYRINTH
Eaten away by memory leaks, like swiss cheese.
Rush, Mega, Krod follow I-beem along narrow paths of
Krod trips, his LIGHT WAND tumbles and skates into memory
leakage. It FRIES and de-rezzes, sucked into the molten
Akakakaka - Agggggggg -
Sounds like a modem, but it's a BATTLE-CRY.
Rush comes to a point above - and cut off from - the fight.
D-rezz advances along a narrow gantry, spinning his Romball,
ready to hurl at:
Tron flips over memory leakage, gains position and throws
his disk -
Disk HITS D-rezz. Plasma-ball GASH, but D-rezz is tough.
He takes the damage, cocks his Romball -
Guys! Go around - behind Tron!
Rush darts down to help D-rezz. Mega, Rush hurry ahead. I-
beem zaps, zags and reforms, scared out of his mind.
D-rezz hurls his Romball -
Romball pings off two walls, comes at Tron from behind.
Tron spins - milliseconds to spare - and flips clear.
Retrieves his disk on the way down.
Romball slams off a wall, heads back to D-rezz, but Tron's
disk HITS IT, knocking it off course.
D-rezz dives for ROMBALL - but it falls into the memory leak
and FRIES TO BITS.
Tron plants for a clear shot at D-rezz.
Rush JUMPS down from above, right in front of D-rezz.
His ankle. He straightens, standing in front of D-rezz.
Lays eyes on Tron.
Hey! Pick on somebody your own size!
D-rezz is twice as big as either of them.
Tron's eyes are cold, lifeless, calculating. Scanning his
new opponent without success.
You've got no data on me.
Rush pulls his disk off his back, poised for a duel.
Tron moves with calculation, grips his hyper-etched disk.
Circling his prey.
Throws again -
Rush DUCKS -
Tron's disk slams D-rezz. D-rezz tries to catch the disk,
but he's just too slow.
Rush throws his disk. Beginner's luck - it banks off a wall
and nearly smacks Tron. Rush snags it on the way back, before
it tumbles into memory leakage.
Tron jumps up two levels. Retrieves his disk.
D-rezz, pull me up!
D-rezz hoists Rush up. Fingers grab upper deck.
Tron jockeys for position. Throws disk -
Disk strikes D-rezz in the ribs. Blast damage.
D-rezz loses footing.
Rush grabs upper level.
D-rezz slips toward memory leakage.
Rush grabs D-rezz's hand - he weighs a ton.
Mega, Krod and I-beem can't get here to help -
53 CONTINUED: (2)
Hang on, man! HANG ON!
But D-rezz's big hand slips out of Rush's.
D-rezz PLUMMETS into memory leakage, zapping away in a blaze
of glory -
He comes to his feet, facing Tron. Determined.
I know who you are. Encom security
program Tr856 - TRON!
Tron pauses. Processes.
Who is your User??
Tron glitches at the question.
Who programmed you?? I know your
encryption code. Tell me your User
or I shut you down.
Tron throws his disk.
Rush dodges. He sends waves of data energy through floor
circuits, reaching into Tron's body.
I can shut you down with a nine digit
code. WHO IS YOUR USER?? 392 -
Tron's body animates painfully, as the first three code digits
click into place.
Tron FLIPS away, breaking contact with floor. Data transfer
stops. Tron steals away through a tunnel.
Krod, Mega and I-beem clamber for a way to follow.
54 INT. OBSOLETE COMPUTER GAME ARENA
Circular, riddled with memory leaks.
Rush hurries to the center. No sign of Tron.
Tell me, Tron! Who programmed you?
Here's your encryption code! 3-6-2-
Rush sends data coursing into floor circuits. It radiates
up walls, across bridges... And finds TRON in hiding.
Data races into Tron's body. Six code numbers engage; he
glitches. He LEAPS to breaks the contact, flinging his disk -
Tron's disk SLAMS Rush. Rush tumbles off a ledge, dangling
over a memory leak.
Tron pounces in. Snags his disk.
Tron steps on Rush's hand. Pain energy jolts Rush's circuits.
ARRGGHHH! 3-6-2-6-6-8-7 -
Rush slips, grabs a slim protrusion. Feet zapping an inch
from the memory leakage.
Tron throws his disk for a final time. It arcs wide, coming
around directly at Rush.
Tron leans down, gazing into Rush's eyes.
Burst of SEARING DATA surges off Rush's hands, radiating up
circuitry, loading into Tron's body. All nine code numbers
Tron's body seizes. He fights the data intrusion, but his
circuits sequentially SHUT DOWN.
Tron's airborne disk wobbles and darkens.
Tron tumbles off the edge, plummets past Rush.
Disk misses Rush, skates into darkness.
Mega, Krod and I-beem hurry in and see:
Rush, climbing to safety.
And below: Tron's body slips into the memory leakage, zapping
away to bits.
You got him!
54 CONTINUED: (2)
But Mega looks dreadfully worried. She slips away...
Krod and I-beem climb down and help Rush to his feet.
Game over, dude.
You crashed him!
Rush gazes off the precipice. Remains of Tron is consumed
by the swamp of memory leakage.
It's more than I wanted. Now I'll
never know who his User is.
I will be upgraded!
They'll give us a slot in the main
I will be upgraded! I will be -
Krod slams him, makes him stop.
Rush, now you can finish pinging
Rush looks around.
Where is Mega?
She was just here.
Right behind me.
Rush searches. He finds Tron's disk, picks it up. It's
dark and lifeless, circuits gray.
54 CONTINUED: (3)
SOUNDS echo around them. Coming fast. Electro-metallic
Rush, Krod and I-beem bunch together and pivot.
Black-clad FINITY FIGHTERS appear, blocking all exits. Disks
ready for attack.
Rush double-takes on faces among them: QUANTZ, tall silent,
hardcore (looks like real-world Phlegman) And BOOLE, rotund,
seen it all (like real-world Kelter).
I recognize... Trouble.
They're scanning us.
I-beem, go for help. Zap your butt
out of here.
But I-beem freezes, terrified. Fighters tighten perimeter.
A hush. Footsteps. Clunk-zap... Clunk-zap.
DARK FIGURE (O.S.)
It had to happen. But why now of
Rush and Krod turn. Fighters defer to:
A DARK FIGURE, limping forward, one leg badly deformed by
A User shows up.
Rush is surprised, then pleased. Somebody finally gets it.
Yeah, I'm a User. A superior being.
The first to enter this realm. And
you are - ?
Figure's circuitry lights. Finally, we see the face...
It is FLYNN.
Flynn. How can you be here?
54 CONTINUED: (4)
You know this dude?
Yeah, he's a lunatic!
I-beem panics, zaps away in an energy beam. He reforms
further along for a "breath", then zaps further away. Three
FINITY FIGHTERS chase him.
Rush is amazed to find him self in the presence of Encom's
Flynn comes closer, recognizing Rush.
Rush Nortebi. I remember hiring
They are equally dumbfounded.
Somebody tipped these guys off about
Not soon enough.
Fighters step aside, Mega enters, furious at Rush.
You weren't supposed to beat Tron.
I thought for sure he'd finish you.
You destroyed our last hope!
I detect a pattern in her behavior.
She's a spy.
Mega and Rush ooze mutual contempt. Rush turns on Flynn.
No wonder I couldn't figure it out.
I assumed Tron User was on the
outside! If I'd known this, I would
blown past him and come straight for
54 CONTINUED: (5)
Flynn yanks Tron's disk from Rush, peers over the precipice.
Below, the last of Tron is consumed by memory leakage.
Flynn ponders Tron's lifeless disk. He falters on his bad
leg. Mega throws an arm around to help him stand. Melancholy
energy courses between them.
I failed our cause.
You did everything you could.
They know each other well.
Rush registers jealousy, but larger concerns prevail:
Flynn never died...
Because your Quantum Digitizer worked.
That's how you got here... I know -
that's how I got here too.
Flynn studies Rush, anger rising.
The day after I hired you, you start
sucking up to Sinclair. You thought
I didn't know. Bet he offered your
a partnership for this, right? You
have no idea the damage you've done.
I'm only getting started. Man, you
were the company joke. Now I see
why. You melted down your lab to
take this little joyride. You got
stuck here so all you can do is wreck
other people's hard work.
Open your eyes, geek. My lab was
rigged. My "death" was no accident.
I pushed the button just in time to
escape... Almost in time.
He indicates his deformed leg. Mega, Krod and the others
listen with awed bewilderment. These two guys speak of a
world unknown to them.
You're paranoid. Who would want you
54 CONTINUED: (6)
The same guy I programmed Tron to
shut down. Same one you've been
sucking up to. Sinclair. And his
Malicious grumbles from Fighters.
Too many of your brain cells have
gotten zapped in here, old man.
Rush, you lamer! You've been working
for the bad guy.
Three Fighters return from the I-beem pursuit. Empty-handed.
He got away.
Flynn scowls at Rush. Sin number two. Flynn slips Tron's
dead disk in a special case.
Let's move. X-Net goons will soon
be all over this place.
55 EXT. GAME GRID
Energy zaps across grid, forming into I-beem. He's on the
run, de-rezzing, zapping, reforming, bolting for:
56 EXT. ANCIENT COMPUTER SYSTEM - DEMOLISHED I/O PORTS
I-beem de-rezzes, reforms, zaps himself toward the nearest X-
Net OPTIK HIGHWAY.
57 EXT. ANCIENT COMPUTER SYSTEM
Fighters thread secret buffers and gates. Flynn carries
Tron's disk, helped along by Mega.
Rush and Krod are held prisoner, prodded by Quantz and Boole.
They cross a DATA BRIDGE, drawn to the sounds of SHREIKING
58 EXT. OLD DATA METROPLEX
Vast, retro, multi-level. Diverse and beautiful energy flows.
Flynn, Mega, Rush, Krod and Fighters come to a stunning view:
GLEAMING NEW X-NET DATA OPTIK HIGHWAY is being constructed
right through the heart of the city.
I hired Sinclair as Encom's business
guy, so I could do the dreaming.
Right off, he wanted to "capture the
market" on data transmission. Had
this plan called "X-Net", based on
flawless efficiency, hyperlock
security, encryption protocol
uniformity. Blah blah. I was the
boss, I told him to forget it. I
knew it could go bad. But the guy
had trouble taking no for an answer.
He arranged for my lab to melt down.
Sinclair took over my company and
put X-Net on a fast-track. And here's
where it's brought us.
City descends into panic. X-Takk Troops evict Programs,
seize prisoners and mercilessly hunt down resistors.
X-Net Construction Crews build the Optik Highway with
relentless precision, blasting aside the old city's splendid
What are they doing??
Beating the competition.
X-Takk Troops storm closer - by the hundreds.
They've got us outnumbered.
We've got to choose our battles
wisely. This way!
He leads them down a secret portal, into:
59 INT. DOWNWARD PASSAGE - SECRET X-NET PROCESSOR
Group moves along a catwalk, coming to a view of:
X-Takks herd Captured Resistor Programs, lining them up for
Rush, why is X-Net doing this?!
A Kid Program runs to this Captured Father Program.
No! Let my daddy go!
X-Takks haul Kid Program clear, then BLAST the Captives with
de-rezz weapons. Captives glitch, thrash and expire.
How long has this been going on?
60 EXT. REAL WORLD CITY - DUSK
Like any other day. Except a high-rise building's lights
flicker off. A subway escalator stops. A traffic light
turns red on both sides. Cars honk, tempers flare.
A TV store: All TVs in the window flip to one channel, which
happens to be running a commercial for X-Net - theme: Total
61 INT. CYBERSPACE - SECRET X-NET PROCESSOR
X-Takk Troops line up more Captive Programs.
Sinclair never told us about this.
X-Net is creating the very terror
that makes people want the security
No more glitches, freeze-ups or shut-
downs. Once X-Net is open, Plexor
will destroy all other systems. All
data flow will be controlled by his
Master User -
All data flow - Sinclair's to control
and abuse. Bank accounts, medical
histories, your Blockbuster account,
your buying patterns, your e-mail.
And to think, Rush - all this time,
you've been working 24/7, trying to
impress a him.
X-Takk troops blast Captive Programs.
62 EXT. REAL WORLD - BANK - DUSK
ATM machine goes berserk.
63 EXT. REAL WORLD - STREET - DUSK
Block full of Pedestrians suddenly - and simultaneously -
can't get their cell phones to work.
64 INT. /EXT. REAL WORLD - SUV MOVING - DUSK
GPS navigation system map flips around.
Turn left now. Turn right now.
Left. Right. NOW!
SUV Driver panics, pulls a hard turn and SMASHES a BUS.
65 CYBERSPACE - SECRET X-NET PROCESSOR
Sinclair betrayed me.
Finally you get it.
Tron was our late hope.
We've got to stop this!
X-Takks hear Rush's shouts. An overwhelming force.
Flynn and Mega shove Rush into a tunnel, closing the portal -
66 INT. SECRET PASSAGE - CONTINUOUS
Flynn hastens their journey.
Rush was trying to expose us!
They didn't see us. Keep moving!
Mega, Boole and Quantz move along, shoving Krod and Rush.
We've got to tell people on the
Plexor shut down all the I/O ports.
Only HE communicates with the outside.
Sinclair holds all the cards.
Flynn turns on Rush - one of Sinclair's cards.
How did you get here?!
Megan Randall sent me.
(points out Mega)
Her User. She fixed your lab and
sent me here to take out Tron.
Megan Randall? I remember her.
Smart, wise beyond her years. I
can't believe she'd fall for
He glances at Mega, then shoves Rush along.
67 INT. FIGHTER HIDE-OUT
Flynn, Mega, Fighters bring Rush and Krod into the clandestine
Fighter base. Like a wartime casualty center, with corrupted
Fighter Programs lining corridors.
What happened to them?
Try to attack Plexor head-on, this
is what happens. Because of you,
there will be millions more.
They arrive at a laser-barred JAIL BLOCK, where a dozen BIG
X-Takk Troops are held prisoner.
Lock up these two. We'll hold them
for ransom. Or use them for target
Flynn and Mega turn to go. Boole and Quantz use PROD LANCES
to herd Rush and Krod.
Flynn. You think I'm Sinclair's
flunky, but I'm not.
Flynn pauses. Rush speaks low, so X-Net Captives can't hear.
I'm sorry about Tron.
Yeah, we're - Sorry?
We were just doing a job, we had no
way of knowing the truth.
No way at all.
Flynn, I was wrong about you. You've
been doing the right thing in here.
Plexor has to be shut down. Sinclair
has to be exposed.
Like he said.
Krod and I are ready to help.
Flynn puzzles over Rush.
Mega, what do you read in him?
Mega circles Rush, scanning his circuits.
Independent operating instructions.
67 CONTINUED: (2)
He will act as necessary to increase
probability of his own survival.
You don't know me.
He cannot to be trusted.
Trust?! You're the one who's been
lying to me the whole time!
Rush points a finger at Mega - BOLT of ATTRACTION ENERGY
shoots off his finger, ZAPS her on the nose.
Mega's circuits OVERLOAD, she flies back -
Rush, startled, looks at his finger.
Fighters muscle Rush and Krod away.
Flynn holds Mega, anger re-ignited.
Mega's been risking her existence
for our cause, lamer. That's more
than you'll ever do.
Lock them away!
Fighters toss Rush and Krod in the JAIL BLOCK with the BIG X-
TAKK soldiers. Does finger-signs, body circuit language.
Yo, s'up? Eh... X-Net rules, man.
Hey Krod... Shut down.
Rush peers out of his cage, watching Mega go. She turns for
a final scowl, then exits.
68 EXT. X-NET CENTRAL SERVER - EVENING
X-Takk Troops sound alert.
Outside the main portal, energy zaps and splinters above
ground circuits, collecting to become:
I-beem, reforming, running, stumbling. Some body parts out
of sync, catching up.
Halt! State encryption code!
Breathless, he loses count. Zaps beside himself. Again:
69 INT. PLEXOR'S CPU
You are positive Tron was destroyed?
I observed it directly! Rush turned
Tron into vaporware!
X-Takk Troops trade looks, impressed.
Rush claims to be a User! He must
be! He is awesomely skilled!
Users do not exist.
He is but a randomized Program, he
got lucky. To our benefit.
Rush and Krod were surrounded by
stealth fighters! They were led by
another User called Flynn!
Plexor's circuitry strobes in dark troubled hues. An image
appears on his archive screen: Flynn.
Yeah, that's the one!
Flynn... is here? He is the one
behind this scheme to crash X-Net?
I know where they are! Rush and
Krod need our help!
And what of Mega?
We couldn't find her. I'm certain
they captured her too!
Plexor processes - his cranial circuits burn deep amber.
Tron is gone, but his User lives?
Plexor turns to I-beem, grateful. Removes I-beem's flimsy
broken disk, studies it gently.
Good work does not go unrewarded at
X-Net. Would you like to be upgraded?
Yes, Plexor, very much so.
Plexor energizes a REWARD PORTAL. Shimmering golden light
beckons I-beem. He eagerly enters - and gets ZAPPED. I-
beem emerges out the other side, a zombie-like X-Net Drone,
joining a security crew.
70 INT. PLEXOR'S INNER SANCTUM
Plexor enters, raises his disk. RUBY RED BEAM connects.
71 INT. REAL WORLD - SINCLAIR'S OFFICE - NIGHT
Sinclair paces amid a buzz of manic activity. TVs show news
of escalating global data crashes. In comes a MARKETING VP.
You're not going to believe this!
Sales office has been flooded with
calls. Major banks, airlines, city
governments, the presidents of 26
nations - They all want to sign up
for X-Net now. We're not even on-
line yet and we're a hit!
Sinclair absorbs his good fortune. Smirks.
We're the only port in the storm.
Execs cheer, trade high-fives.
Sinclair notices a blip on his private data screen.
The office clears, doors shut. Sinclair, alone now, interacts
with his screen.
Text: INTRUDER HAS BEEN ELIMINATED.
But: THERE REMAINS AN AREA OF UNCERTAINTY.
72 INT. CYBERSPACE - PLEXOR'S INNER SANCTUM
The User called Flynn is here.
Sinclair reads the text, blind-sided. Sees a photo of Flynn.
Flynn commanded the intruder Tron.
You've got to be wrong about this.
I was programmed error-free. By
Sinclair ponders the unimaginable.
He leads a group who seek to prevent
the opening of X-Net. The one called
Rush has joined them.
Rush? My guy? What lies has Flynn
filled him with?
Or what truths?
Sinclair peers at the screen text, agitation growing. A
news article pops up, recounting the lab accident and Flynn's
"death". X-Net launch countdown ticks.
This world can never know all I have
done. You have a plan to contain
Don't just contain him. Destroy
Instructions received. And the one
Sinclair mulls for two seconds, then:
He knows too much. Get rid of him.
73 INT. JAIL BLOCK
Rush and Krod get chummy with cell-mate X-Takks. They mock-
fight together, getting insider tips.
And whatever you do, don't let them
hit you here...
Indicates a CIRCUIT NEXUS on his lower SPINE.
All X-Net Programs have a weak spot
Hear that, Krod? Never let them get
to your weak spot.
Krod twists around, playing with his spinal nexus.
Gurfle! I never knew that.
Pull back to see:
Flynn secretly observes Rush. Pondering. Boole arrives
We're ready for you now.
They head upstairs.
74 INT. FIGHTER HIDE-OUT
Flynn reviews Fighter training. Troops throw disks, battle
in pairs, repair weapons, tweak armor circuitry.
Flynn carries Tron's dark disk, contemplating it. He moves
past a line-up of his finest Fighters.
If X-Net is allowed to open it's the
beginning of the end of a free and
open cyberspace. We can't let Plexor
get away with this. Our game plan
has not changed. Tron was specially
programmed to break into X-Net and
shut down power supplies. We would
then exploit these weak points and
cripple the system. Tron's role was
essential One of you must take his
He holds up Tron's disk.
Who among you can power Tron's disk
and carry out his mission?
All Fighters take a step forward.
It's the most dangerous job. If
you're not up for it, nobody's going
to blame you.
All stand firm.
Flynn lays Tron's disk in the first Fighter's hands. Fighter
summons his will, causing the disk to glow faintly. But it
soon goes dark again.
Next Fighter holds the disk, bearing down, animating the
circuits... But he buckles and the disk falls dims.
Mega worries: One-by-one, Fighters fail to power Tron's
disk. Flynn reaches the end of the line.
Mega puts her hands out to receive the disk.
Flynn hesitates, then hands her Tron's disk.
Mega clenches it, concentrating deeply. Her energy infuses
the disk, animating its circuits stronger than anyone.
Bur soon, her eyes strobe, her body circuits overload.
She lets go. Tron's disk thunks the floor, goes dark.
Mega hardens her resolve.
There are other ways to crash Plexor.
I will return to him, he still trusts
me. I will get close and crash him
with direct contact -
It's futile. Plexor's personal
defense measures are massive.
Other Fighters chime in, but they don't know what to do.
A FIGHTER SENTRY dashes in.
Enemy scouts, headed this way!
75 INT. JAIL BLOCK
Rush, Krod and X-Tekk Prisoners heard COMMOTION in the main
hideout area above.
76 EXT. ANCIENT COMPUTER SYSTEM
Phalanx of X-NET SECURITY CRUISERS moves in, mashing
circuitry - X-TEKK TROOPS rowst Civilian Programs.
Plexor commands LEAD CRUISER.
Disperse to all sectors!
CRUISERS with X-Takks split in several directions.
X-Takk Squads crash fleeing programs.
77 EXT. ANCIENT COMPUTER SYSTEM / OLD GAME GRID
CRUISERS with X-Takk Troops ravage grid, moving into:
78 EXT. MEMORY LEAK TUNNELS
X-Net CRUISERS crash through. ASSEMBLER UNITS spew freshly
programmed BRIDGES over memory leak swamps. X-Takk troops
79 INT. ANCIENT COMPUTER SYSTEM LABYRINTH
X-Takks storm in. Specialized units scan memory leaks, detect
code fragments - schematic images of Tron.
The invader Tron crashed here.
Plexor surveys the place.
This was a preferred gaming arena
for the User called Flynn. His moves
are predictable, recursive, easily
Plexor activates a Q-MINATOR. Device emits a PLANE of
coherent pulsing energy, which scans the area, illuminates
the RACING DATA BIT PATTERNS within all circuits, programs
and surfaces. (An x-ray-like device that reveals all computer
machine code underlying every cyberspace object.)
A trail of code BURNS HOT NEON GREEN.
80 EXT. CLASSIC DATA HUB CITY
X-Net Cruisers crash the city. Programs scatter.
Plexor commands Lead Cruiser, sweeps Q-MINATOR. Running
Civilian Programs are rendered "naked" by the beam, bodies
revealed as volumes of buzzing data bits "1010011101010110..."
Cruisers deploy DE-REZZ BEAMS, slicing open structures.
Flashing bitstorm, screaming Civilian Programs - The wrath
of X-Net is unleashed upon the city.
81 INT. FIGHTER HIDE-OUT
Walls slice and crumble -
X-NET CRUISERS blast their way in, coming to a stop in precise
Plexor emerges from Lead Cruiser.
The place is empty.
Not a fighter in sight.
Fan out! Search every buffer and
Hey! Down here!
Get us out of here!
82 INT. JAIL BLOCK AREA
Plexor and X-Takks hustle down, finding:
Rush, Krod and the X-Takk Prisoners, behind bars.
X-Takk Specialists hack the system, power down jail bars.
Prisoners step forth and retrieve their impounded disks.
Dude, are we glad to see you!
You destroyed Tron.
Yes... Where is Mega?
She's not with you?
She's with Flynn! I mean, totally
WITH Flynn -!
(cuts off Krod, covers)
Flynn was smart enough to interrogate
She contains sensitive data. Flynn
cannot be allowed to hack her.
Rush and Krod notice: Behind Plexor and his Soldiers, BOOLE,
QUANTZ and FINITY FIGHTERS move into position. They signal
Rush and Krod not to blow their cover. Rush makes Krod
comply. An ambush is ready to spring.
Yeah, only - We kicked Flynn's butt,
You should have seen it. Flynn won't
be a problem.
X-Takk Prisoners are confused.
Then... Why were you imprisoned?
Fighters POUNCE, throwing disks -
Rush grabs a PROD LANCE, nails two X-Takks on their spinal
nexus. They go down hard.
Delete them all!
Plexor hurls an ENERGY BALL - Rush DUCKS, grazed by its
FRACTAL comet trail.
Fighters beat back Plexor. His concerns shift. He ducks
into an ascension shaft -
Rush and Krod are left fighting back-to-back, out-manned
83 INT. FIGHTER HIDE-OUT ASCENSION SHAFT
Plexor races upward, but is blocked by a unit of Fighters.
Plexor pulls off his special TRIANGULAR DEATH DISK - FLINGS
it. Disk ricochets off three Fighters, knocking them out.
Another lethal fling and the remains Fighters fall.
Plexor retrieves his death-disk with heart-stopping accuracy,
84 INT. FIGHTER HIDE-OUT MAIN ARENA
It's a TRAP!
X-Takk Troops react, bolting for their Cruisers.
Floor circuits ACTIVATE - X-Takks ZAP and FREEZE.
Fighters appear from all directions.
Disks fly -
X-Takks wield stout MAZER weapons -
Even the corrupted Fighter Programs pitch in, working in
clever teams, chipping away at Plexor's forces.
But X-Takks have tougher armor and more awesome weapons.
X-Takk Mazer cuts down Fighters by the dozen, leaving them
corrupted or shut down.
Flynn struggles to help wounded Fighters - He captures a
Mazer and uses it against X-Takks... But Flynn can't move
well on his bad leg. He watches his troops getting trounced.
Retreat! Over that way! Move around
ZAP! A Mazer blast strikes Flynn's bad leg.
Mega appears, throws her disk with deadly accuracy. The
offending X-Takk Soldier crashes. Millions of bits spray
over main arena - fractal fireworks.
Mega grabs Flynn from falling. They make for a bridge.
Flynn slaps a wall panel. Trigger circuit activates, surging
85 INT. FIGHTER HIDE-OUT MAIN ARENA
...Circuit energizes a sector of floor circuits, which
overload and BLAZE - frying twenty X-Takks.
86 INT. JAIL BLOCK AREA
Rush and Krod use puny PROD LANCES against fearsome X-Takks...
Rush charges an X-Takk dude, Krod gets cornered by another.
Rush dodges his death blow, spine-zapping his foe... Krod
prepares to die, as X-Takk Bully pins him with a Mazer and
squeezes the trigger.
X-Takk Bully seizes, freezes, crashes. Mazer barrel falls
away from Krod - he's lucky to be alive. Rush stows Zap
Wand, grabs Mazer and yanks Krod to his feet.
I'll never let you forget it.
Rush, we're screwed! Now everybody's
Nah, we're cool. We're with them!
Boole and Quantz sweep past, gathering Rush and Krod into
their unit. They charge up the ascension shaft.
87 INT. FIGHTER HIDE-OUT / MAIN HALL
Plexor hurls DEATH DISK, takes out Fighters.
He spins, looks up: Glimpses Flynn and Mega running along a
ledge. He heads after them, working his way upward.
88 INT. FIGHTER HIDE-OUT / MAIN HALL
Rush and Krod emerge behind an X-Takk Cruiser. They knock
out two X-Takk Soldiers, steal their MAZER WEAPONS.
Fighter Specialists hustle in, attach ENCRYPTION PODS to the
Cruiser. Data meltdown radiates from the key, "burning"
through the Cruiser like paper.
Awesome! Can I do one?
Rush spots Plexor heading to upper levels. He pursues.
89 INT. FIGHTER HIDE-OUT / UPPER LEDGE
Flynn and Mega help corrupted Fighters toward the bridge.
Quick. This way.
A wounded Fighter is struck down. Triangular DEATH DISK
swings wide, takes out another, then the last...
Mega and Flynn spin to see:
Plexor steps forward, retrieving his Death Disk. Blocking
Mega, move aside! I will finish
Instead, she shields Flynn's body.
Strike us down. There will always
be more to oppose you.
Sinclair's circuits snap with rage.
What programming has he installed
Flynn! Go with the others! Run!
I'm not leaving you with this phreak.
Plexor brings back his DEATH DISK.
In the shadows: Rush, creeping along the periphery, gaining
position on Plexor.
Plexor, get over the control thing.
Plexor readies his disk to FIRE -
Drop the disk!
He pivots, hurls Death Disk at Rush.
Rush dives clear, sends his data energy into surrounding
circuits. Circuits activate around Plexor, surging PAIN
DATA into his body.
I'll be damned.
But Plexor resists Rush's data infusion, freezing the circuits
around his feet. Cutting off the flow.
Death Disk slices walls, arcing back toward Plexor -
Rush LEAPS at Plexor.
Plexor is solid-state, like a cast iron statue. Rush flips
airborne, goes down hard.
Plexor considers Rush, astonished by his audacity.
Is that all you've got?
It's a millisecond's distraction - Death Disk returns to
Plexor's hand, but swings wide and GRAZES his ARM, leaving a
swath of painful CORRUPTION.
X-Takks hustle in with hefty NEGABYTE BLASTERS.
Rush! This way!
Flynn, Mega and Flynn dash across the bridge.
89 CONTINUED: (2)
NEGABYTE BEAMS slice walls, erasing all data in their path.
Rush, Flynn and Mega dive into a tunnel, escaping by inches.
90 EXT. FIGHTER HIDE-OUT / DATA PIPE
Rush, Mega and Flynn, pursued, rendezvous with Krod, Boole
This way! Down the pipe!
Rush helps Krod, Quantz and Boole into a data pipe. One by
one, they WHIRL away in the flow of chromatic data.
Flynn and Mega have a breathless moment to consider Rush.
He's better than I thought.
He's been sent for a reason.
Don't know yet. Sometimes we have
to trust the bigger plan.
Mega struggles to compute.
Rush turns to help Flynn down the pipe. Mega assists.
Flynn's wounded leg gives out, he slips. Rush holds him,
but loses his balance, slides down.
Mega! Quick! Jump!
But she hesitates -
VELCRONIC BEAMS snag her from behind - pulling her back onto
Rush tumbles down the flume, glancing back to see:
Mega, hauled away by X-Takk Troops.
Fighters, Krod, Rush and Flynn surf down the data WHIRL,
accelerating away from the hot zone.
X-Takks jump in after them, but are all swallowed by the
flow - gone.
91 INT. FIGHTER HIDE-OUT / MAIN HALL
Bashed and ruined, littered with fallen Fighters.
Plexor nurses his injured arm, commanding the mop-up.
X-Takks bring Mega to their leader.
We got her!
Mega stands defiant.
Plexor regards her sternly. Extends his hand to her shoulder,
cupping the back of her neck.
You committed a fatal error.
DATA ENERGY SURGES from his eyes, flushing her body circuits.
She fights intensifying input, but soon weakens. She glitches
and shuts down, falling into the arms of X-Takks.
Their strategies and tactics lie
encrypted in her memory. Bring her!
I will hack from her what I need.
92 INT. DATA PIPE NETWORK
Flynn leads the way, surfing the chromatic hyper-speed flow
with Quantz and Boole.
Rush and Krod struggle to master the technique, rolling,
slipping, recovering, grabbing each other.
I got it, I got it, I got it.
Boole surfs around them, heading into a squirrely curve.
Krod swings high, out of control. Dumps in front of Rush,
who flips him upright.
Shove it! Go!
Rush and Krod swerve and gathers speed, shooting past Quantz,
Boole and Flynn - pivoting to surf BACKWARDS!
I remember now! Nothing to it!
Check it out!
Rush flips up and surfs on his hands. Krod attempts to match
Rush and Krod crane around to see:
DATA PIPE spills into a massive DATA FLUME.
RUSH & KROD
93 EXT. DATA FLUME
Rush and Krod plummet into surging hot data, out of control.
Flynn and Fighters expertly surf huge waves.
94 EXT. DATA BUFFER SHORE
Flynn, Boole and Quantz drag Rush and Krod from data shallows.
Everyone's circuits are hot and overloaded.
I'm cool. Not a problem.
They let him go him go. Krod glitches, collapses.
Rush gets to his feet, head spinning.
They took Mega.
She can handle herself for a while.
How do we attack Plexor next?
Flynn sizes up his new convert.
You're with us now?
Do you know hard it is? Opposing
the power of Plexor?
It's like the forty-sixth level of
ConquerDome 6.1, while winning a
side game of Tetras Ultra, doing six
Instant messages and debugging a
Boole, Quantz and Krod are confused, but Flynn gets it.
All at the same time.
I'm there. Krod too.
Flynn accepts a handshake from Rush.
We're going to need all the help we
can get. Boole, can we make it to
the dark zone from here?
There is one possible route.
We'll meet up with the code monkeys
and combine forces.
95 EXT. TRANSITION INTO DARK ZONE
Group sets out across a vast region of unpowered circuitry.
96 EXT. SECRET X-NET PROCESSOR
Hordes of Captured Programs are lined up for termination.
Among them: Wounded Fighters from the hide-out raid.
We gave it everything.
Interface. We can resist.
They move close, holding each other. X-Takks FIRE. De-rezz
beams zap them to bits.
97 INT. REAL WORLD - NIGHT
Computer Users react with frustration, as their programs
crash (Users correspond in appearance to the Programs who
just got zapped.)
Web ads sell the virtues of X-Net.
98 INT. REAL WORLD - FACTORY FLOOR - NIGHT
Fire sprinklers fire off for no reason. Workers rush away,
sprayed from above. Assembly line full of partially-assembled
video recorders get dowsed with water.
99 INT. REAL WORLD - AIRLINER COCKPIT - NIGHT
Pilots react: Navigational instruments glitch and fail.
100 INT. REAL WORLD - SINCLAIR'S OFFICE - NIGHT
X-Net sales rise higher, as TV news grows bleaker.
Sinclair is distracted by a data file: News stories about
the death of Flynn. The laboratory "accident".
101 EXT. CYBERSPACE X-NET MAIN HIGHWAY - UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Plexor. Lording over the grand-scale construction. Sterile
design, sleek lines, enormous capacity.
X-Net Drone Workers assemble beams, girders, circuitry.
X-Net OPTIK HIGHWAY NETWORK blasts through old systems and
extends across cyberspace with alarming speed.
Is completion on schedule?
X-NET BUILDER BOSS
Plexor boards his Cruiser, which SPEEDS onto a completed
stretch of X-Net OPTIK HIGHWAY. He's the only vehicle in
sight, hogging a thousand brand-new lanes of data expressway.
Plexor accelerates, relishing the thrill of unchecked power -
102 EXT. X-NET ARTERIES - VARIOUS
Plexor's Cruiser speeds through a new, as-yet unused X-Net
switching station. It's heavily secured. X-Takk troops
defer to their supreme leader.
Plexor veers onto a proprietary side-route, bound for:
103 EXT. X-NET CENTRAL SERVER
Firewall apertures cool, anticipating Plexor's arrival.
Encryption portal opens.
Plexor's Cruiser glides in.
Firewalls reactivate, blazing red-hot, sealing the fortress.
104 INT. X-NET CENTRAL SERVER
Towering corridors. Powerful armored X-Takk Guards stand in
pairs at every portal, corner and column.
Plexor strides past, steps into a special GATE. Data beams
react with his circuitry. Encryption key resolves.
105 INT. PROGRAMMING CHAMBER
Plexor strides across the spare, sleek space.
On a slab lies Mega, radiated from above by READER BEAMS.
Plexor considers her glowing body circuits. Studies emerging
Satisfied, he halts the process. Beams go dark.
Mega awakens, sits up. She sees the device, then Plexor.
You treat me like I've been corrupted.
I cannot predict the random effects
Flynn might have caused in you.
You programmed me to gather
intelligence. That's all I've ever
How long have you known Flynn?
Enough time to gain his trust.
Your behavior was highly authentic.
To him. It had to be.
Have you allowed Flynn to complete a
full interface with you?
I am programmed to allow such access
only to you, Plexor.
Her eyes lock on him. He is satisfied.
Flynn claims to be a User. As did
the one called Rush.
Users do not exist.
You have seen nothing to make you
105 CONTINUED: (2)
They possess no powers beyond those
of routine Programs?
I have no knowledge of such powers.
She steps down. They walk out of the chamber.
Still, there is something about them
I cannot compute. Flynn plans to
attack me, doesn't he?
Yes. And Rush will fight by his
Where will they strike?
Flynn does not decide until the hour
of his attack. But he trusts me
completely. When he knows the place,
I will know it as well.
Perfect. They will be met with a
final thrashing. Yes, let them come.
They pass through the gate, arrive in the corridor.
Have you further instructions for
None for now. But stay close.
They lock gazes. Barcode data surges between them.
You came to me full of glitches and
random routines. Look at you now.
What an extraordinary piece of
programming I have made of you. I
created X-Net to the same standard
of flawless beauty. Soon, its
perfection will become all that is,
and all that ever will be.
105 CONTINUED: (3)
All events remain under your control.
With a smirk and a final jolt of data, Plexor leaves her.
106 INT. PLEXOR'S CPU
Plexor crosses into his inner sanctum. Raises his disk,
initiates RUBY BEAM link with Sinclair.
Mega appears on a balcony above, in the shadows, secretly
107 EXT. DARK ZONE
Howling, barren, dim. Circuitry left unpowered for eons.
Rush and Krod follow Flynn and Fighters, into treacherous
canyons, across vast planes.
Rush hears something and pulls the group behind cover.
Three massive X-NET X-PORTER VEHICLES rumble by. Imprisoned
in the rear are hundreds of Programs. Cruisers blast a path
through mountains and speed away.
Those Programs think they're just
Can we take out those X-Net guys?
Our forces are too thin. We can't
risk a battle that would reveal this
From another direction appear two Code Monkey Programs.
CODE MONK B3T
Flynn! Down here!
CODE MONK J2R
Flynn! Enter. We configured a base.
Good to see you guys. When did the
X-Net goons start patrolling all the
way out here?
CODE MONK B3T
They're everywhere now. Taking all
Programs by force.
CODE MONK J2R
Come. There is much to report!
They head down into:
108 INT. LAST FIGHTER CACHE
Deteriorating silicon lattice. Flynn, Rush, Krod and Fighters
arrive to a meager encampment.
CODE MONK N1J
Hey guys. This is Rush and his main
man Krod. They defected from Plexor's
forces to fight with us.
A buzz of hope penetrates gloom. Nobody has defected from
CODE MONK N1J
We made progress decoding X-Net's
power supply encryption.
Excellent. Let's see.
In a make-shift lab, CODE MONKEYS demonstrate, working at
mind-boggling speed, assembling a small intricate HOLOGON
DEVICE (conical pyramid-shaped encryption key).
I've seen that somewhere.
It's the encryption pattern on
Good eyes. We've got Mole Programs
who score chunks of Plexor's personal
code anywhere they can find it.
These guys fit the pieces together.
It can take a quadrillion
CODE MONK J2R
We just snagged the last piece, but
the battle cost us big time.
How many of you crashed?
Heads shake somberly.
The Teraflop Boys? Algebrat?
CODE MONK J2R
All that survive, you see standing
Flynn falters on his bad leg. Quantz and Boole support him.
Time is running out!
Rush approaches Code monkeys as they toil blur-speed, trying
to fit the final code piece - a flat square. Pyramidal
HOLOGON looks exactly like the X-Net desk toy we saw in Rush's
Yow. I get tired just watching these
Rush sees: Compilers try to fit the square inside the
Just for laughs, try putting the
circle on top of the pyramid.
If I'm wrong, ding me.
What have we got to lose? Try it.
Code Monkeys place the square on top of the pyramid.
108 CONTINUED: (2)
Square spins into a circle, latches and LIGHTS the entire
Hologon lattice. Intricate 3D code patterns ANIMATES.
Good thing you didn't terminate us.
How do we use this thing to shut
(picks up hologon)
It's a copy of Plexor's master key.
We can break into any X-Net facility
and fry the power supply.
But once Plexor knows we have it,
he'll change the code.
Yep. We've got one shot.
Then we should take out the power
supply to Plexor's main server.
Yes! Take out Plexor's central
Hang on, guys, that's not as easy as
it sounds -
I was inside the main server, I saw
how it's laid out.
I used to work there! I'll recognize
where everything is!
CODE MONK N1J
We can take it!
CODE MONK J2R
Hit Plexor where he lives!
108 CONTINUED: (3)
Even with this key, it won't -
We can pull it off, can't we Flynn?
One final assault on Plexor's central
Shut him down forever?
All eyes on Flynn. Rush's naivete has ignited false hope in
Of course we can.
Flynn forces a smile.
Hey, the future depends on us. How
could we fail?
109 INT. ENCOM ADVANCED RESEARCH LAB - MOMENTS LATER
Sinclair comes off the secured elevator, finds Meg and Dewey
at work on Quantum Digitizer.
It's almost fixed. I'll be able to
bring back Rush soon -
Excellent work. Unfortunately, I'm
shutting down this project.
Something came up. The company is
at stake. I can't go into details.
But Rush would have no way to return!
Meg. I will never hold you
responsible. This is a tough call,
but it's mine. Dismantle and destroy
all of this equipment and software.
Meg... I'm not asking.
He shoots a look and exits.
110 EXT. CYBERSPACE - X-NET OPTIK HIGHWAY OVER DARK ZONE
Compiler Crews work at megahertz speed. OPTIK HIGHWAYS extend
and converge. Switching stations assemble. Crews shift to
Pull wide to see dismal ground below. Dark zone, emitting
woeful blips of random energy.
Pillars descend from X-Net crews above and SMASH into the
old silicon, planting themselves deep and impervious.
Rush stands on a vista point, aghast as X-Net construction
dominates the landscape.
It's a bummer being on the losing
team, huh Rush?
Flynn sits nearby, trying to patch his corrupted leg.
We'll trash X-Net. Then we'll go
back to the our world and expose
what Sinclair's done.
He looks at Krod, Boole, Quantz and Code Monkeys in the
distance, preparing for battle.
Do they have any idea our world
exists? Do they understand what a
Programs once connected freely with
their Users. But Plexor shut down
the I/O ports, severing all links.
He controls all contact with the
world we once knew. Programs operate
on his instructions or none at all.
It's nothing to brag about. We're
getting our butts kicked.
It there a way to contact Meg? She
can transport us back to our world.
Maybe it's better if we fight Sinclair
on his own turf.
Flynn lays a somber gaze on his eager Fighters.
I gave up the idea of going back a
long time ago... You should too.
What do you mean?
Sinclair didn't get where he is by
being dumb. Even if we survive
Plexor's forces in here, Sinclair
will make sure we never get back
But... Meg said -
I'm sure she'll do everything she
can. It might not be enough.
Flynn removes a cover-plate from his leg, trying to hide the
damage from Rush. Suspicious, Rush pulls the plate aside.
Flynn's data corruption has worsened. His leg throbs with
the drab glow of irreversible MEMORY DRAIN.
Why didn't you tell anyone it was
Flynn looks at his leg. Then at Rush.
Rush. I think Meg suspects the truth
110 CONTINUED: (2)
That's why she sent you here. She
knew you're the one guy who could
I thought she hated me.
She believed in you more than you
believed in yourself.
It sinks in. Wow.
Do we really have a shot at winning
We have his master key. And we have
Mega working on the inside.
Mega... Are you sure about her? I
get the feeling she plays both sides.
Plexor programmed her to perform his
will. He's a control freak. I'm
not. I programmed her to have a
will of her own. Whatever she
decides, it's up to her.
Sometimes you've got to trust the
Krod and Fighters approach.
CODE MONK J2R
Ready to rock and roll.
Guys... Rush is right about our
final attack. If we've only got one
shot, we should go for Plexor's
central server. If we insert the
hologon key in the main power supply,
we can trigger a meltdown. Plexor
will be have his best troops standing
in our way.
110 CONTINUED: (3)
Getting past them was the ultimate
task I programmed Tron to carry out.
He takes up Tron's dark disk.
I turbo-charged him to burn hot and
burn fast. Who else could handle
the operating code in this disk?
He extends the disk to Rush.
Uhhh, I don't think so.
It could mean the difference between
winning and losing.
Hey, I'll try.
Rush holds off Krod, takes the disk.
What do I do - ?
Waves of Rush's DATA ENERGY surge into disk circuitry.
He buckles and shakes. Hands zapping. Knees trembling.
Steady. It's all about giving as
much as you get. Let it become a
part of you.
Rush clenches teeth, concentrates. Grips the disk.
Energy surges back and forth, up Rush's arms, around the
disk. He holds tight, ready to scream -
Awesome, dude! Don't let go!
Fighters are amazed, as TRON'S DISK POWERS UP -
And RUSH'S body circuits DAZZLE in the ruby circuitry patterns
110 CONTINUED: (4)
HE DID IT!
Damn, look at that... He did it.
Rush looks at his arms, astounded. His circuitry strobes in
hues of brilliant red. Disk animates and unfolds, revealing
infinite surface variations.
Rush feels new power surging inside his body. His eyes
harden, keen like Tron's. Rush LEAPS BACKWARD, goes airborne,
lands on a ledge high above. Amazing balance.
KROD & FIGHTERS
YES! Excellent move, dude!
It feels... Awesome.
Rush's voice is a little deeper, with a digital edge. It
He cocks his disk and THROWS.
Disk rockets across the landscape, a mile away and STRIKES
an X-NET SURVEY POST, blasting it to bits. Disk arcs high,
shoots back toward Rush.
Rush looks worried for a second, ready to duck -
Don't flinch, Rush! It's your disk
Disk snaps back into Rush's hand, painlessly. Throbbing
Oh man, this is good.
Rush pulls a new LIGHT WAND from a thigh bracket. It extends
into a hundred-foot vaulting pole. Rush VAULTS across the
canyon, lands with precision. Light pole retracts into the
wand in a nanosecond.
Awwwww! Where can I get one of those?
Another two vaults and a leap - Rush tosses his disk into a
spiral, steps off it mid-air (like stairs), and lands
perfectly - rejoining the group.
Cheers from Krod, Quantz, Boole and Code Monkeys. Flynn
shakes Rush's hand - energy surges between them.
110 CONTINUED: (5)
It's for real, Quantz.
We've got a chance to take down
111 INT. X-NET CENTRAL SERVER - MAIN HALL
Plexor reviews a line of elite X-Takks. All are decked in
thick battle gear, gripping an array of menacing ultra-tech
Perfect. Any three of you could
crash an army of Flynn's best. But
I've prepare for his random acts by
designing massive redundancy.
Widen to reveal:
BATTALION of X-Takks, lined in precise rows, filling the
vast hall. Since Adolf Hitler, no one has displayed such an
awesome military machine.
112 INT. PLEXOR'S INNER SANCTUM
Mega sneaks in, alone. She pulls her disk off her back and
raises it above her head. Data energizes around her. She
clenches hard, trying to make the connection.
A RUBY BEAM converges off her disk, reaching skyward.
113 INT. REAL WORLD - ENCOM ADVANCED RESEARCH LAB - NIGHT
Meg and Dewey work to dismantle the lab.
Meg walks past, stops. Comes back. Reads fresh text on a
computer screen: DOES MEG EXIST?
Dewey. This your idea of a joke?
114 INT. CYBERSPACE - X-NET CENTRAL SERVER - MAIN HALL
Cybavor programming complete?
X-Net Specialists drops the sides on a cubic cage.
A frozen dog-like CYBAVOR CREATURE stands like a statue.
Plexor nods. X-Net Specialist activates.
Cybavor comes alive. Circuits RAGING. Eyes pulsing.
Plexor summons an X-Net Worker Drone.
Install yourself over there.
Worker Drone does as he's told. He freezes in place.
Cybavor leaps like a hyena, bounds the length of the hall.
DIVES at the Worker Drone...
And DEVOURS HIM mercilessly.
Energy sparks fly, circuits zap, as the Cybavor digest the
energy, GROWS LARGER, then SPLITS DOWN THE MIDDLE (like DNA),
then regrows the missing halves.
Now the Cybavor is a PAIR of nasty, snarling Cybavors.
Surveying his perfect defenses, he notices one thing missing.
Where is Mega?
X-NET SECURITY LEADER
Only you are authorized to monitor
Download forces. Await my command.
X-NET SECURITY LEADER
114 CONTINUED: (2)
X-Takks file out in perfect lines, turn perfect corners,
dispersing into the compound. Each one moves in exactly the
Plexor turns sharply to exit, encountering... Mega. Standing
115 EXT. X-NET CENTRAL SERVER
On the fortress perimeter, X-Takks stand watch at the base
of a deep security moat.
They turn, eyes scanning. Behind them, a LIGHT POLE extends
into the canyon, then swings across.
It's "tronified" Rush, using his vaulting pole to ferry
Fighters across the moat edges.
He returns to the far side, landing momentarily on a lone
central pinnacle to make the distance.
Rush vaults back to gather Krod, who's the last to cross.
Don't take this the wrong way.
Don't drop me.
He hugs Krod and vaults them across. Krod clings and
struggles, then YELPS -
X-Takks hear and scan the pinnacle and moat edges.
On top of the pinnacle, Rush and Krod hunker. Flynn signals
from the far side "stay down!"
X-Takks patrol below, pausing to gaze up.
Atop the pinnacle, Krod's circuits energy-zap with fear.
Rush holds him down.
At last, X-Takks move on.
Rush extends his light pole to the moat floor - vaults to
the far side with Krod.
Krod stabilizes, looks around.
Yeah, I recognize this place. I
know where everything is!
He heads off, encounters a dead end. Quantz pulls him the
116 EXT. DATA NEXUS / CENTRAL SERVER PERIPHERY
Boole and Code Monk B3t help Flynn to a secluded data buffer.
Rush, up there. See it?
Rush leaps to a high circuitry nexus.
I hope you're right about Mega.
Rush touches circuitry, energizing it with data.
Mega's image appears in circuitry energy patterns.
You. Where is Flynn?
We're all here.
I arranged for your entry. An
encryption portal has been left
unlocked. Path 4786324BXY. Do you
know the way?
Rush looks down to Code Monk J2r. He gives a high sign.
117 INT. X-NET CENTRAL SERVER / CIRCUITRY
Mega watches glowing circuity image of Rush.
We got it.
She deactivates. Rush's image vanishes.
Mega thinks for a moment - we're not sure what - then walks
around a corner.
Bumps smack into:
Flanked by his two snarling Cybavors.
You contacted them.
I gave them the portal address.
They will attempt entry soon.
Perfect. We will be waiting.
118 EXT. X-NET CENTRAL SERVER
Patrols of X-Takks pass.
Rush leaps to a vantage point them. Scouts a route, signals
Flynn, Krod, Boole, Quantz and the Code Monkeys.
Fighter team scales a narrow ledge near the BLAZING FIREWALL.
It's like a sheet of molten lead, pouring endlessly before
them. A lethal barrier.
This is all yours, Rush.
Rush pulls his disk, holds it over his head and steps under
the molten data flow. He struggles against raw power, disk
HEATS UP WHITE, splashing aside the molten data.
Code Monkeys, Flynn and Krod, Quantz and Boole dive between
Rush's legs, emerging on the other side. Barrier overcome.
Rush leaps out of the firewall, clutching his white-hot disk.
CODE MONK N1J
That way to the portal!
Let's do it.
They head for the fortress along a surreptitious route,
avoiding X-Takk patrols.
119 INT. X-NET CENTRAL SERVER
Plexor - with Mega and the Cybavors two paces behind - leads
an army of X-Takks.
A Cybavor growls at Mega. She growls back.
There it is. That's the portal.
Plexor masses his forces around a closed ENCRYPTION PORTAL.
It is a dark semispheric aperture, left unlocked (but closed).
Converge on all levels! Outside
patrols close in behind these
X-Takks come from all directions, all levels.
120 EXT. X-NET CENTRAL SERVER
Flynn pauses to see X-Net Patrols in motion, across bridges,
through tunnels. All around.
They come to a dark encryption portal, seen from their
Portal 4786324BXY. This is it.
Flynn withdraws the HOLOGON.
The sooner Rush gets this into the
main power supply, the sooner X-Net
shuts down. And the more of us come
out of here to tell about it.
Rush takes the hologon, stows it.
Pumped looks between Code Monkeys, Boole and Quantz. Krod
Oh man, I think I'm leaking.
Krod. You'll do great.
Your recognize patterns better than
any of us. You'll know Plexor's
moves before he does.
I hope you're right... Rush?
Are you really a "User"? Is there
such a thing? Is that what makes
you so good?
All Programs hang on Rush's answer. Flynn too.
Flynn and I come from a realm no
better or worse than here... One
thing I know, neither place works
unless you're looking out for the
other guy. And we've got a word for
what all of you are.
CODE MONK B3T
Let's do it.
Fighters hustle under the shadow of the portal... Approaching
the closed semispheric aperture.
121 INT. X-NET CENTRAL SERVER
X-Takks stand thick, weapons pointed at the closed aperture.
Plexor marks time. Cybavors poise to attack.
Mega, emotions rising, takes a step back.
122 EXT. DARK PORTAL
Flynn falters on his wounded leg. Fighters steady him.
Rush steps forward, places a hand on the semispheric aperture.
123 INT. PORTAL
Plexor tenses, eager for the slaughter.
X-Takks cock weapons, take careful aim.
124 INT. DARK PORTAL
Flynn, Code Monkeys, Quantz, Boole, Krod... Gathering near
PORTAL OPENS AROUND THEM, revealing a stunning view of:
The inside of the fortress...
Not an X-Takk in sight.
Nothing to it.
Rush leads group inside.
125 INT. "EXECUTION PORTAL"
Plexor grows impatient. Senses trouble.
OPEN IT! OPEN FIRE!
X-Net Specialist activates portal. Semispheric aperture
irises open to reveal:
X-Takk Patrol. Charging in from outside.
No fighters in sight.
Inside-X-Takks and outside-X-Takks take orders literally:
They FIRE at EACH OTHER. Many crash, zap and fizzle.
Cybavors leap in, devouring corrupted X-Takks. The two
Cybavors use energy "food" to bifurcate into FOUR.
They do so, instantly.
You've been tricked!
He spins to find Mega gone.
Mega has betrayed me for the last
time! She is with the fighters!
Find them! CRASH THEM ALL!
126 INT. X-NET CENTRAL SERVER
Mega RUNS from the scene. Around a corner, she collides
with Rush, Flynn, Krod & Fighters. Breathless:
Flynn! Keep moving! This way!
I'm proud of you, Mega.
I linked with MEG. Users exist.
She instructed me.
She glances over the new "tronified" Rush. Despite herself,
she's impressed. But there's no time for talk.
Which way to the power supply?!
Ummmm... That way!
Rush leaps to a high ledge to confirm: Massive throbbing
power supply CORE CUBE lies at the center of the fortress's
concentric squares. High sign to Krod.
You're right! There it is!
And here they come!
Rumble precedes: ARMY of X-Takks, coming to get them.
CODE MONK J2R
Break out the toys!
X-Takks are upon them, and the battle is joined.
X-Net disks fly by the hundreds.
Krod and Code Monkeys fire a SQRAM projectile, which opens
mid-air into a super-wide circular magnetic field "net".
SQRAM field sucks in X-Net disk and zaps them to ash.
Rush flips down from above, throws tron-disk -
Disk ricochets of ten X-Takks, mows them down.
Rush retrieves his disk, lands near Krod and Fighters.
Block this choke point, slow them
down. Can you guys do it?
Not a problem.
He throws his disk behind his back, takes out an approaching
Rush hurries away with Mega and Flynn.
Krod, Quantz, Boole and Code Monkeys are besieged by a hundred
Whoa! Retreat! That way! Keep
firing! RUN! AHHH!
Plexor enters the battle arena with his four CYBAVORS. He
scans keenly, then heads off another direction.
127 INT. X-NET GANTRY / MAIN POWER SUPPLY
Flynn hobbles, helped by Mega. Rush leads them around a
corner, in sight of:
MAIN POWER SUPPLY. Massive reactive CORE CONTAINMENT CUBE.
Rush comes to the edge of a deep, narrow moat. Bottom is a
channel of ROILING, MOLTEN CHROMATIC DATA. No bridges.
We have to get across.
Six X-Takks are upon them, disks flying, NegaByte eraser
Flynn Takes a hit in the chest.
Rush and Mega dodge, fling their disks with lethal accuracy -
X-Takks crash and fall, tumbling into the moat abyss, flashing
as they hit the molten bottom.
128 INT. X-NET CENTRAL SERVER CORRIDORS
Krod, Boole and Quantz bait a phalanx of X-Takks, Code Monkeys
spring a DEGAUSSING CHARGE, which cuts off a column at the
base. Column tumbles, crashing X-Takks, blocking the way.
High fives among Krod and Fighters.
One Small X-Takk breaks through, ZAPPING through the air,
reforming, ZAPPING CLOSER.
Fighters turn to blast him.
But Krod recognizes the pattern:
Wait! I know that dude!
Quantz stuns an X-Takk Soldier - Code Monkeys hack his X-Net
Armor. Armor powers down, revealing:
I-beem shakes off his brainwashing.
Krod my friend! Who are these guys?!
We're taking out Plexor. You with
us or them?
X-Takks attack the group, including I-beem.
I-beem zaps away, reappearing next to an X-Takk. He steals
the X-Takk's NEGABYTE BLASTER and mows down three X-Takks,
saving trapped Boole.
I-beem joins Fighters as they press deeper, engaging the
next X-Takk onslaught.
129 INT. X-NET POWER SUPPLY OUTER GANTRY - CONTINUOUS
Rush and Mega haul Flynn along a narrow ledge.
There. You can make it across!
He points to a thin ledge on the other side, far below.
Rush extends his Light Pole to the ledge, moves to gather
Flynn for a vault-crossing.
No, take Mega! I'll stay here and
You haven't got a chance by yourself.
Ah, these guys are wimps.
It's bravado: They know his odds are dismal. Flynn slumps
into an alcove, which is only big enough for him. He pulls
a supply of SPIKED MINI-DISKS, ready to defend himself.
We're not leaving you.
My body is weak, but my will is
strong. I promise, no matter what
they do to me, I'll survive this.
Trust the bigger plan.
He's fading fast.
But Flynn -
X-Takks attack along the ledge.
Rush throws his arm around Mega and VAULTS across the moat,
landing on the far side - gaining a slim foot-hold below a
core ENTRY POINT.
Flynn chooses his moment, leans out and throws. His mini
disks take out X-Takks on the ledge. Their bodies tumble
into the moat, flashing as they hit.
Flynn spins, the wall behind him opens. At the end of a
square corridor stands:
PLEXOR. Flanked by his four snarling Cybavor beasts.
Flynn. Your moment of obsolescence
is upon you.
Across the moat, Rush and Mega climb to the entry point.
Flynn plays for time, stalling Plexor so he doesn't catch
sight of them.
Freedom, Plexor. It's the better
idea. That's why Mega chose my side.
If an idea is erased from all memory
banks, it can be neither good nor
bad. When each alternative has been
removed, X-Net will simply BE.
With a hand signal, he commands his Cybavors. They raise
up, poised to attack Flynn.
Crash me. Hack me. Do what you
want. The yearning for freedom will
Nice speech... USER!
He flicks a finger. Cybavors gallop at Flynn.
130 EXT. MAIN POWER SUPPLY CORE - LEDGE
Rush and Mega gain footing at the entry point. They turn at
the sound of DIGITAL SNARLING.
Across the moat, a gut-wrenching sight:
All four Cybavors pounce on Flynn, hurling him off the ledge,
mauling him as they go down, dividing into eight - Plummeting
toward the MOLTEN DATA far below.
Plexor steps out of his corridor, relishing the view: Remains
of fallen bodies FLASH into the inferno.
Plexor sees Mega and Rush on the other side.
Over there! Surround them!
Bridges instantly extend from outer square to CORE CUBE.
X-Takks stream across, firing -
131 INT. POWER SUPPLY CORE CUBE
Rush and Mega duck inside entry point, pelted by disks.
Before them: A vast, brilliant, energized LATTICE. Power
surges in rings, drawing down huge columns. Every piece of
geometry is based on perfect squares, made of mirror-finished
rare earth elements.
Rush pulls the HOLOGON KEY into view. Facets resonate with
energy patterns like those in the core.
We plug this into the control cell,
X-Net is history.
Let's do it for Flynn.
They share a heartbeat of solidarity. Rivalry gone.
X-Takks stream in, firing.
Rush and Mega charge the center, throwing disks, fighting
Problem is, ENERGY RINGS move continuously down the columns -
and the columns are spaced close - leaving just enough time
between ring-passes to jump through.
He and Mega JUMP, nearly raked by down-flowing ENERGY RINGS.
X-Takks fire NEGABYTE BLASTERS - but many of the beams are
caught in the energy flow and sucked away. That's how intense
this place is.
X-Takk Soldier is grazed, stumbles into ENERGY COLUMN. RING
rakes down and ZAPS him nasty - reducing him to bits, sucking
his energy to the levels below.
Rush and Mega encounter oncoming X-Takks - they must split
up. They fling disks, taking out X-Takks, dodging fire -
working their way deeper.
Meg and Rush throw their disks simultaneously. Both disks
score hits, then arc to return.
Rush and Mega catch each other's disk. They each look at
the strange disks - it's just not the same. The do a quick
swap and keep fighting.
The CONTROL CELL. Dead center.
132 INT. CONTROL CELL CHAMBER
Rush and Mega battle off three X-Takks - the way is clear.
Rush leaps, crashes planes of silicon. Stows his disk, pulls
out the HOLOGON.
Spots the control cell's key receptacle - SHAPES MATCH.
Rush moves to insert the hologon.
A DISK STRIKES his arm - HOLOGON flies wild.
PLEXOR drops from above, riding an OPTIK SHAFT.
Where did you get that?! No one
knows this code but me!
Your software has the biggest flaw
there is, Plexor. You can't see you
Plexor snatches his Death-disk, corners Rush for the kill.
Mega's disk crashes silicon, comes at Plexor - But his
defense field repels it. He slams it aside and it's raked
away by downward flowing energy rings.
Rush DIVES at PLEXOR. He's like a statue. But this time
RUSH holds him and infuses tron-energy, breaking down Plexor's
defense field, eating into his body circuits. It's fractal
zapping fireworks - evenly matched foes battling face-to-
Do it Mega!
Mega scoops HOLOGON off floor, makes for CONTROL CELL -
Plexor's hand shoots out, GRABS HER, stops her like iron.
Plexor exerts his power, holds Rush and Mega by the throats
with his two hands, backing them toward a surface ripping
with HOT ENERGY RINGS.
Rush and Mega struggle, an inch from death -
Plexor stops, annoyed. Turns and sees:
Krod, Fighters and I-beem have arrived, firing blasters at
Plexor's SPINAL NEXUS. It hardly makes a dent, but it creates
a fleeting opportunity for Rush -
Rush ducks forward, SHOOTS his disk off his back, smacking
Plexor in the throat. Mega falls clear -
Rush hurls Plexor against energy rings - Energy rakes down
his body, but he fights the effects an DOES NOT MELT DOWN.
He step away, shakes off the damage, retrieves his disk into
Mega snags the hologon -
She tosses it to Rush, who's already airborne -
Rush catches hologon, sails to the control unit -
132 CONTINUED: (2)
Jams hologon into its receptacle.
Plexor cocks his death disk, EYES FLASH ELECTRO-PSYCHOSIS -
Hologon REACTS with CENTRAL CELL -
Shockwaves RADIATE -
Energy rings go dim, then dark -
Silicon shatters to ash -
X-Takks power down. X-Net armor de-rezzes, leaving innocent
civilian Programs. They shake off the mind-control and rise
And Plexor, like all things X-Net, chatters and glitches.
His code erodes, his bits darken, the fiber of his being
erodes from inside.
Now who's obsolete?
Rush executes a final leap, extending his feet for the final
blow, straight at Plexor - CRASH - shattering him to bits.
Rush finally breathes. Sees I-beem, Krod, Quantz, Boole,
I'll never let you forget it.
Boole tosses Rush his tron-disk.
133 EXT. CYBERSPACE VISTA POINT
Rush, Mega, Krod, I-beem, Fighters and liberated Programs
stow disks and step to a high vantage point.
Before them expands a vista of cyberspace.
Power-down of X-Net radiates in all directions, leaving
everything else intact. Beautiful, exotic old data networks
instantly begin to regenerate into the open space.
We're free. At last we're free.
134 EXT. X-NET GRAND OPENING CEREMONY - MORNING
Sinclair commands the podium:
In a world exposed to increasing
data corruption, I hereby switch on
the first global network offering
100% guaranteed data security.
Flawless performance, zero downtime.
The world works hard, the world
He throws a switch. HUGE monitors blaze with X-Net logos
and graphic portals. Countdown 3,2,1...
CROWD CHEERS. MEDIA BUZZES...
X-Net instantly CRASHES. All screens jam, glitch and DIE.
Crowd is stunned. Sinclair is mortified.
135 EXT. CYBERSPACE VISTA POINT
Krod, I-beem, Boole, Quantz and Code Monkeys CHEER.
Mega embraces Rush. Energy sizzles between them.
I underestimated you. Thanks.
She presses her lips to his. It's electric.
You knew she always liked him.
CODE MONK B3T
Is she pinging his EPROM?
CODE MONK J2R
I can't see from here.
But out of triumph, a sudden concern -
Rush's body shoots DATA ENERGY into Mega, into ground
circuits... Lightshow overload intensifies and spreads.
Mega backs away in pain.
Whoa, ouch, what? Ahhhhh!
Rush, what is it?
Rush's body DRAINS AWAY into the energized circuitry.
Guys! Mega! NOOO!
He reaches a hand to Mega. PAIN ENERGY ZAPS her, but she
clasps his hand anyway...
Code Monkeys attempt desperate measures, but soon it's over.
Bits of Rush dissipate into surrounding circuitry, then BEAM
SKYWARD in blazing curtain, like a quantum aurora borealis.
Mega is left with a handful of nothing.
It's the way it should be.
He's going back to the place he
136 EXT. CYBERSPACE TRANSITION
Rush's energy body hurls across cyberspace.
Bits streak, light bends -
137 INT. ENCOM ADVANCED RESEARCH LAB - NIGHT
Rush materializes in the target chair. Human flesh, real
clothes. Same as the moment he left.
He bolts up, realizes where he is. Looks at his hands.
Sees Jo-jo the rat staring at him.
Meg and Dewey hurry over to unstrap Rush. Meg holds his
hands, checks the integrity of his body.
Rush. You made it!
Like a bad cold, I'm always coming
He made it! Rush! You okay?!
Rush looks around. Miles ("Krod") and a group of oddly-
familiar Co-WORKERS. People who look just like I-beem,
Quantz, Boole and the Code Monkeys.
(double-takes on Meg)
I met a program you wrote. She's
just as incredibly beautiful and
confusing as you.
I know. Mega told me all about what
you did in there.
She gave you my coordinates. That's
how you uploaded me?
Yes. Your coordinates... and his.
They look across the room.
At the control console stands a MAN with his back to us.
He's curiously examining Meg's equipment.
She's done an amazing job here, Rush.
He turns. It's FLYNN. In the flesh. Leg healed.
I told you to trust the bigger plan.
I'd come to suspect Flynn was alive,
inside. But I had no way to know
You picked the right guy to send in.
137 CONTINUED: (2)
Working down here, I became convinced
someone tried to murder Flynn. But
the only person I could confide in
was the guy I suspected most.
Sinclair charges in, furious. Trailed by SECURITY MEN.
What are you people doing down here!?!
Get back to work! X-Net has CRASHED!
We'll all be ruined!
Speak for yourself, Sinclair.
Sinclair wheels to see Flynn: Alive, standing in front of
him. Trapped by the ugly truth, Sinclair turns rage on Meg.
I ordered you to destroy this
Rush gets in Sinclair's face.
Hey, jerk, she doesn't do your dirty
work. Neither do I. Not anymore.
You lied to me, to all of us. You
want to deal with somebody? I'm the
guy who crashed X-Net.
Sinclair goes for Rush. Rush delivers a solid punch.
Sinclair grabs his bloody nose.
You're fired, everybody get out.
No, Sinclair. I'm back. And I'm
the boss again. You're fired. Not
only are you fired, you're going to
have a lot of explaining to do to
the SEC, the Justice Department and
(to SECURITY MEN)
Hold him until the police get here.
SECURITY MAN 1
Yes Sir, Mr. Flynn.
SECURITY MEN haul out Sinclair.
137 CONTINUED: (3)
Flynn addresses the group.
X-Net is dead. But Encom lives.
We're going to bring this company
back to its place as the leader in
finding the next big thing. I'll
need to be free to do the dreaming.
So, effective immediately, I'm
appointing two bold, bright,
courageous people to head worldwide
He presents Rush and Meg. They're stunned.
You both earned it.
I love it.
We'll take it.
(to Miles - "Krod")
You get a division to run.
Does that mean a bigger cubicle?
Cheers all around. Flynn approaches Rush and Meg.
Put on some coffee. You two are
going to be putting in a lot of
Meg turns to Rush.
Do you remember how, along time ago,
you used to give me a professional
congratulatory peck on the cheek?
Rush goes for the lips.