Then one night Lisberger went to visit his in-laws, and everyone was crouched around the TV, playing Pong.
“They kept referring to the games, ‘Play the game,’ and since I had been working on a project called “Animalympics,” the idea of games to me meant more than that. It meant Olympic or gladiatorial games,” the director said. “Then I thought, ‘Well, our warrior should be in a gladiatorial game setting.’ From there the whole thing started to snowball.” It seems only fitting, then, that a film like Tron was conceived while playing the first video game ever created. —David Konow —Tron’s World: The Dawn Of Tron (Tom’s Hardware Guide)