Max Landis Says Josh Trank is Unlikely to Direct 'Chronicle' Sequel
Earlier this year the found footage super powered film Chronicle impressed some critics and audiences alike with a unique, grounded approach to the superhero genre. In March it was confirmed that a sequel was being developed and the film's original writer, Max Landis, son of veteran filmmaker John Landis, would be behind the script. But what about director Josh Trank? He's been offered major comic book movies like Fantastic Four (which he is close to directing next) and Venom and might not have time for a Chronicle sequel. Well, Me Movies caught up with Landis who talked a bit about the plans for the sequel.
First of all, Landis flat out says that Josh Trank is unlikely to direct the sequel: "Josh is all over the place with other projects. I'm also all over the place with other projects, but Chronicle is really my baby. Josh will probably be involved in some respect but right now I just want to get the script done." So for now, figuring out the story is what's most important, and Landis explains that Chronicle was mostly about the world's first superhero, mainly because the story is grounded in reality and not some fantasy world. However, he says Chronicle 2 will be about the world's first super villain. That likely means Andrew (Dane DeHaan) will be back for some more mayhem, and likely more powerful than ever.
In addition, Landis had an interesting approach to the idea of found footage as a narrative device and how to keep that alive in the sequel, at least the footage from the first film anyway:
"Small spoiler - the movie you saw [Chronicle] in the sequel, is a thing. That edited footage… is a thing. So it’s not like 'we found this footage after this kids died'. You can’t deny cars being thrown in the air in Seattle. You saw all those helicopters. The world changed. That’s the end of Chronicle. And things are going to be different now. They can’t possibly cover up what happened."
That sounds a bit confusing, but what he means is that the footage plays a role in the sequel. Almost as if it was a real news story that we would see show up online. Might that have an influence on another kid with powers across the world? Either way, at its heart, Landis says Chronicle is like a blend of X-Men and Stand by Me with "a character driven story where things go progressively more crazy." Everyday kids find themselves affected by having superpowers in real life. It sounds glamorous, but there's a real moral conundrum here, and you have to think, that if normal people got super powers, some would use them for bad, and others for good. If you want to watch the whole video interview with Landis, head over to Me Movies. In the meantime, stay tuned as we hear more about the development of Chronicle 2.