Writer Max Landis No Longer Involved with 'Chronicle' Sequel at Fox
by Ethan Anderton
July 17, 2013
Back in April, writer Max Landis cleared up some confusing buzz on the development of Chronicle 2, a sequel to the surprising hit 2012 found footage teenage superhero movie. Originally, there seemed to be a clash between Landis and Fox after they seemed less than pleased with a script that was supposedly too dark. Landis said, "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.” Well, it sounds like that process has fallen apart after some recent Twitter updates from Landis confirm that he's no longer involved.
When asked about the sequel on Twitter, Landis sent out a series of updates. We've compiled them here:
"I've been off 'Chronicle 2' for months now. Fox had a different direction they wanted to take the series. Ultimately, I'm just very grateful to Fox for making a film as close to my original script as 'Chronicle' was. For making the film at all. So yeah, it's sad that as of right now I'm not involved in the sequel, and don't know what it's about even, but ultimately I can't complain. The truth is, when you're successful as a screenwriter, you have to just take everything in stride. That's like more than half the job.
'Chronicle 2' is still probably happening, just not with my involvement as of now. It's a bummer, but there are no real hard feelings. They hired new writers on it. I'm sure they'll announce soon. Just hope this answers the questions I've been getting everyday."
So there you have it. Straight from the horse's mouth, there's no sour grapes, but Fox just wasn't interested in the direction Landis wanted to go with the sequel. In a way, that's a bummer, because it was the original script from Landis that helped make the original such a great piece of work to begin with. On the other hand, maybe Fox can find something cool to do with the characters from the first film anyway. There's so many paths the sequel could take, and we just hope that Fox doesn't turn this potential franchise into a generic series with no originality or direction. What do you think?