Fox Acquires Max Landis' Superpower Spec Script 'Chronicle'

August 10, 2010
Source: Heat Vision

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This could either be good, or really cheesy. Heat Vision reports that 20th Century Fox is "in negotiations" to acquire a spec script by Max Landis, son of John Landis, titled Chronicle that's a super-powered thriller of sorts. The plot focuses on the lives of three Portland teens that become exposed to a mysterious substance in the woods, and, as a result, begin to develop incredible powers. They work together to hone their skills for fun, until personal problems begin to turn them against one another. It'll be shot documentary-style like Paranormal Activity or The Last Exorcism and first-time feature director Josh Trank will helm the project.

Josh Trank previously directed a web series called "Killpoint" in 2007 and was the editor on Big Fan, Robert Siegel's indie starring Patton Oswalt. He's also the son of documentary filmmaker Richard Trank, who won a best documentary Oscar as a producer on 1997's The Long Way Home. Let's hope he's learned a thing or two from his father, because this might be really cool if they can pull it off perfectly. I'm reminded of those crazy Ratchet and Clank commercials, something with a feel like that. I think that would be pretty awesome to see, but who knows what the exact tone and style of this will be this early. We'll keep you updated on its status.

Update: Added this video below called 'Stabbing at Leia's 22nd Birthday' that was shot by Josh Trank, who will be directing Chronicle - the official title (not plural). Might give you a better idea of the style to expect?

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This got me really excited until I read that it would be shot in documentary style..

Nitrium on Aug 10, 2010


A bit like how the Cheerleader in Heroes videotaped her attempts to injure herself but as a film? I imagine from a film making point of view adding special effects to handheld camera footage is easier than HD or up? Like they could be a little more believable if they were cheaper?

Crapola on Aug 10, 2010


when you get exposed to something in the woods, i thought you get a rash......not incredible powers. now if you'll excuse me - i'm taking a walk in the woods.

beavis on Aug 10, 2010


I really enjoyed Big Fan so I'll be keeping an eye on this.

peloquin on Aug 10, 2010


#1 - You didn't like Cloverfield... or Paranormal Activity? I actually think that kind of style could work really well with this, I'm very excited to see how it turns out actually.

Alex Billington on Aug 10, 2010


Waaiittt a minute... they did an X-Files episode on this already?! Anyone remember which one?

LW on Aug 10, 2010


Thanks to tv LW, everything's been done. This sounds somewhat interesting, but if none of the characters are destined to do great things with their powers like self sacrifice for the survival of humanity, this could very simply bomb.

Eli on Aug 10, 2010


alex, paranormal activity was ok.........but not nearly as scary as billed. and cloverfield was a huge disappointment. it was an 85 minute movie and the first 30+ minutes was nothing but a yuppie party where NOTHING happened. that left 51 minutes which wasn't too bad to watch.......but not enough to make it a great movie. and especially not enough considering the advertising campaign that the film had - i expected something more entertaining. by the way alex- if this is shot doc style and there are 3 they stay together the whole time? because if they don't, i don't think shooting in that way is a good idea.

beavis on Aug 10, 2010


Well, it proves nepotism reigns supreme in Hollywood. 

In Hollywood on Jun 8, 2011


no talent reigns supreme. the script is really good.

chando on Dec 27, 2011

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