Max Landis Reveals His Thrown-Out Complex 'Chronicle' Sequel Idea
We're still waiting patiently for any major news on a sequel to Josh Trank's found footage superhero movie Chronicle, but it sounds like it's still a long ways off from happening. In the meantime, out of (seemingly) nowhere screenwriter Max Landis started tweeting about the sequel and the script he came up with that the studio rejected. We covered news of his "fight" with Fox over the script, and eventual departure, which he addresses. He starts by mentioning "in retrospect, I'm not even sure if fans of the first film would've been ready" for his take, which was titled Martyr, about an insane woman who would martyr herself to become the world's first villain. Oh this sounds very cool. He reveals quite a bit on the sequel in a number of tweets.
Here are all of Max's tweets put together, after he started talking about the Chronicle sequel by referencing the script he wrote that has been covered before and rejected by the studio. Landis tweets under the name @Uptomyknees and started writing these over the weekend, with the first posted August 10th. He says:
In retrospect, I'm not even sure if fans of the first film wouldve been ready or eager for my second installment [of Chronicle] as originally written. Gone was the aspirational "what would you do," gone were the pranks and bromance, gone were lovely tragic Andrew and hopeful, bright Steve. In their place was a dark, frustratingly unblinking stare into a complicated world that posed the question is it worth it to be a hero...
...Told from the point of view of a heartbroken and insane woman who would martyr herself to the cause of being the world's first villain. It was, in my estimation, a sequel that elaborated on the ideas and situations from the first to create a different genre of movie. In the best of worlds, in my optimisitc [sic] but wildly prejudiced eyes, this could make it an Aliens, a Terminator 2...in the worst a Grease 2. So at the end of the day, maybe it's better that Martyr never saw the light of day. Sad I didn't get to do some of my other versions.
That's exactly where this sequel needed to go! It's frustrating to hear they've thrown this out, because this is one concept I was hoping they might consider. The world Max Landis and director Josh Trank setup with Chronicle was so fascinating and mesmerizing, that all I wanted is for them to explore more of the realistic connotations of those kind of powers. Landis even makes an interesting Avengers reference at one point:
The multi-movie low budge Chronicle-based found footage superhero universe culminating in an Avengers type team up was a real good one.
— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) August 10, 2013
Not ready for this? I'm not sure who exactly he's talking about or why he would think fans aren't ready for this, but as a huge fan of the first movie, I am certainly ready. In fact, this is exactly the kind of story I would've loved to see. I am surprised the creative forces didn't see the potential in this. Then again, maybe what he's leading onto here by fans not being "ready" is that audiences aren't ready. Or at least that's what Hollywood execs and all their (bullshit) study groups are telling him. We already learned this after hearing the reasons behind why Weinstein Co. wants to cut down Joon-ho Bong's Snowpiercer - because they think middle American is too dumb to understand complex stories. Same issue here? Maybe, just halted early on.
To top it off, Landis also randomly tweeted this juicy detail: "Martyr also had two pretty cool robot suits in it. Sorta hyper realistic iron man stuff. Magnetic flight, sonic weaponry. Cool, cool stuff." This sounds like it was an awesome script, and I'm a bit sad we won't ever be seeing it, but I am still curious to see how the Chronicle sequel turns out. Landis told IGN back in April this year: "My father is not involved in Chronicle 2. He doesn't know the process.... [It] has become this question of 'How do we all make a movie that we all respect?'. And that's true to what Chronicle is... The report came out that they didn't like my script. They liked my script. It's just a really dark script. The question is more of 'How do we all compromise to get something we want?' And that's an incredibly slow process.” We'll have to keep waiting to see what happens.