Writer Max Landis Offers Update on Gestating Sequel to 'Chronicle'

April 9, 2013
Source: IGN

Chronicle / Max Landis

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?

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Chronicle was a fun movie that surprised me with how good it was but I don't feel as though it demands a sequel.

Jon Odishaw on Apr 9, 2013


I feel the same way, it doesn't need a sequel, but I'll still be there on opening night if it gets one.

Matt Peloquin on Apr 9, 2013


I agree as well. The original was a great self contained movie.

DAVIDPD on Apr 9, 2013


He should either turn this into or just go after an Akira script.

matt s. on Apr 9, 2013


Love the original...I'm assuming the sequel would be about Matt finding out what it was that gave them the powers in the first place and tracing it back to its origins, maybe? Possibly finding out they weren't the only ones that came in contact with it

Corey Ross on Apr 9, 2013


Let should let him have creative control. If the movie is dark, let it be dark. If too many people have too much input, the movie is DOA. This is where the studio has to trust these writers. If not, they might as well drop the project. Nothing worse than seeing a get filtered down to nothing.

Stealth on Apr 9, 2013


Like Sony did with Spider-Man 3...

Fidel Reyes on Apr 9, 2013


I liked chronicle it was fresh and interesting to see how the characters evolved, but to me there was something missing, but yeah honestly I think a darker Chronicle film would be awesome. I know this has nothing to do with Chronicle, but today I finally watched Donnie Darko, that movie is awesome!

Fidel Reyes on Apr 9, 2013


I liked it, although the camera gimmick wasn't sustainable. And the ending wasn't really fully satisfying. Please don't call it just 'Chronicle 2' though.

$126191 on Apr 9, 2013


If they are going to do a sequel, they better not bring back the original 'villain'. That would be stupid as hell.

M on Jun 10, 2013

11 happened with the rock in the beginning? I loved the movie, but it always made me wonder...cause there should be something with that rock.

J on Jul 17, 2013

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