Writer Max Landis Offers Update on Gestating Sequel to 'Chronicle'
When we heard about the development of a sequel to the 2012 super powered, found footage film Chronicle, there wasn't good news. John Landis, the filmmaking father of the film's writer Max Landis, had said that the studio was looking for a film that was like Chronicle again, and they weren't really on board with the script. While the sequel written was about the evolution of the characters, it sounded like the studio just wanted a copy of the first film. Well, the young Landis recently spoke to IGN and clarified what the issues with developing the sequel are currently. Thankfully, it doesn't sound as problematic. Read on!
Landis begins by saying, "Chronicle 2 is in an interesting place right now. It's moving along," and then he elaborates on the what his father said that caused some worries:
“There was this whole announcement that they wanted to just do the same thing again because my father said that. My father is not involved in 'Chronicle 2.' He doesn't know the process. It was not his place to say that.
The truth is when you have a movie that was as successful as 'Chronicle' was, it's not as quick of a process. There are a lot more voices coming in and saying 'This is what the sequel should be' because there's a bigger expectation and a bigger fear of failure. And that's really what's going on with 'Chronicle 2.'
Josh (Trank) is directing 'Fantastic Four.' I'm doing a hundred other movies. 'Chronicle 2' has become this question of 'How do we all make a movie that we all respect?'. And that's true to what 'Chronicle' is. There's no one at the studio who wants to make a bad movie. They all want to make a good movie just as much as I do. We're not fighting.”
Landis says the issue isn't that the studio disliked his script, but it might just happen to be a little more dark than they were expecting. The writer says, "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.” Sounds like it's just the standard woes of a screenwriter caught up in the studio machine, always making sure a sequel is bigger, better and most of all, raking in more money. But when you consider how much darker The Dark Knight was in comparison to Batman Begins, maybe the studio should rethink their compromise and just let Landis do what he wants. What do you think?