Max Landis' 'Chronicle 2' Script Running into Development Conflict?
Development trouble at 20th Century Fox? There is a report going around, originating from an interview with John Landis on The Playlist (via SlashFilm), that seems to indicate the in-development super-powers sequel Chronicle 2 might be running into some conflicts of interest. Filmmaker John Landis is the father of Max Landis, an up-and-coming talent credited on the Chronicle script with director Josh Trank, as well as The Death & Return of Superman. John was being interviewed at AMPAS by The Playlist and made a reference to his son's troubles at the studio to compare with his own struggles with projects he's working on.
After John Landis explained to them that his horror project ran into problems ("A French producer paid me to write a horror script I liked very much. He read it and said 'What the fuck is this?' He was shocked by it.") he proceeded to talk briefly about similar problems Max was having developing the Chronicle sequel at Fox.
Landis even went as far as to compare his plight with his son Max Landis, who is currently working on several gestating projects after his hit superhero flick “Chronicle” earlier this year. One of those project is "Chronicle 2" for Fox, which Landis says, "He wrote a sequel, and it's amazing, and the studio read it and said, 'We want ‘Chronicle' again!' And he said, 'No, this is the sequel, it's the evolution, and they said 'No, we want that movie again!' So it's difficult, we're dealing with a difficult business.
Indeed we are. Very interesting story about the early sequel development process, which of course all the movie bloggers are now picking up on. Especially because most people enjoyed Chronicle quite a bit, it was an outstanding and refreshingly original movie. My guess is that, after the way Chronicle ends, the next "evolution" as he mentions might be a global hysteria and follow-up in that context. That big showdown in Seattle got a lot of media coverage, which means everyone is going to know about it, and since Matt is the only one who made it out, everyone is going to be hunting him. Plus, there could be others with powers or more meteorites (or whatever it is). But maybe Fox just wants another self-contained found footage story?
As always, these kind of one-sided details are sensitive getting out early, but intriguing to hear nonetheless. Chronicle is one of my favorite films this year, so we'll keep our ears open for more updates on the sequel.