‘Chronicle 2′ Starts Over with New Screenwriter

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Found-footage release Chronicle was very much a success story no matter how you look at it, having earned more than 10 times its $12 million budget worldwide, in addition to the kudos from critics for its Akira-meets-Carrie teen existential drama. It also catapulted several members of its creative team onto bigger (and – possibly – better) things, as now director Josh Trank and costar Michael B. Jordan are working on the Fantastic Four reboot, lead actor Dane DeHaan is playing a key role in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, and screenwriter Max Landis has his thumb in several different pies (including the Frankenstein retelling that he wrote, which arrives in 2015).

Landis had begun work on a screenplay for Chronicle 2 even before the first movie opened in theaters, though his script – revolving around a traumatized woman who utilizes Iron Man-esque gadgetry to become the world’s first super-villain – wasn’t exactly what the studio heads over at 20th Century Fox had in mind. Director John Landis, Max Landis’ father, was the first to break the news about his son’s “evolved” Chronicle 2 story not gaining traction; the younger Landis was quick to dismiss such concerns, though it was only a few months later when the news emerged that he and Fox had parted ways on the sequel.

So, what next? Well, according to Deadline, Fox has finally restarted forward movement on the Chronicle followup, having brought in screenwriter Jack Stanley to put together a new script draft. Stanley is a newcomer in Hollywood, though he’s written two original screenplays that are getting attention from studios; the first is Sweetheart, an action/comedy about a female assassin whose retirement plans are complicated by her 10 year high-school reunion, while the other is a werewolf thriller known as Silver.

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No doubt, some fans of the first Chronicle will always be disappointed that Max Landis’ original (and ambitious) vision for the sequel is never going to see the light of day, as a movie featuring a super-villain protagonist could make for a worthwhile variation on the superhero genre. Sony now looks to be the first major studio to attempt that “experiment” with the genre’s format, when it releases the Amazing Spider-Man spinoff Sinister Six (revolving around multiple super-powered baddies) down the line.

On the other hand, Landis’ approach might’ve not been the best way to go about building a Chronicle franchise in particular – something that was even debated by our editors, on the Screen Rant Underground Podcast. After all, it sounds as though Landis wasn’t so interested in examining the first movie’s mythology more closely (an obvious route would be to reveal more about the mysterious crystal that gave the film’s characters their powers) as he was in exploring ideas that interested him, through a Chronicle “sequel.” That might’ve only frustrated moviegoers and, at worst, given rise to a second chapter that felt as disconnected to its predecessor as Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 does to The Blair Witch Project.

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Stanley, by the sound of, may have a knack for finding clever variations on standard genre concepts, which is encouraging news for Chronicle 2. It appears as though Fox heads want the sequel to be “like the first one, only different,” so the project will probably need all the fresh creative input it can get, to avoid feeling like a carbon copy of the original installment (and/or a convoluted spin on the mythology, like the worst of the Paranormal Activity sequels).

The Chronicle sequel is also going to be hard-pressed to find an innovative new spin on the found-footage aesthetic, as we’ve already seen other films (such as the upcoming Project Almanac) that are clearly imitating Josh Trank’s approach on the original movie. However, it’ll almost certainly be for another director than Trank to figure that out, seeing how the latter will be preoccupied with his Fantastic Four reboot over the next year – and may be working on that comic book-based property beyond then, if Fox approves of his work and strives to bring him back for Fantastic Four 2 (which is already scheduled to hit theaters in 2017).


More on Chronicle 2 as additional information is made available.

Source: Deadline

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  1. SWEETHEART just sounds like GROSS POINT BLANK with a woman

  2. Me no like this.

  3. You stated in the article above”though he’s written two original screenplays that are getting attention from studios; the first is Sweetheart, an action/comedy about a female assassin whose retirement plans are complicated by her 10 year high-school reunion” -if that’s not a blatant rip off of “Grosse Pointe Blank” then I’m not sure what Hollywood calls original anymore.

  4. Que 6 movies that do not add progress to the lore and winds up being the first movie over and over again just different casts. YAY REHASHING!

  5. I liked the new direction with the female super villain premise. It would have been fun to see. Once again a studio execs could give a damn about a fresh new direction and choose to reheat leftovers instead. So sad. Chronicle 2 is not going to fare well.

  6. Without the original screenwriter, why bother with a sequel. Fox should wait until Landis has some time to spare.

    • Dude, it’s FOX. What do you expect? They excell and making poor choices.

  7. Another case of studios (and certain sections of the audience) saying “We loved the first but instead of leaving it at just one movie and moving on, we need to see sequels and spinoffs that show more of the same”.

    We didn’t need one with a female supervillain/female characters rehashing the first movie and we don’t need to explore how the originals got their powers/what the survivor whose name nobody remembers did next/whatever else can be used to further milk it.

    I mean, if Gone With The Wind released today, would we have its success turn a great standalone film into a franchise of pointless sequels nobody ever needed?

    • GONE WITH THE WIND had a sequel

  8. Fox heads want the sequel to be “like the first one, only different,” Nuff said….

  9. Oh dear another superhero film……. I used to look forwards to a slice of fictional escapism but now I want to escape to the real world. I’m sure it’ll do well but it my wallet won’t prove to be any lighter as a result of it showing.

  10. So what does anybody reckon the superheroes name will be? CamcorderMan? What a load of tosh.

  11. That has about as good a chance of being made as Dredd 2.

  12. I’m kind of interested to see what direction they’ll take the sequel now. Landis’ sounded like it would’ve been good as long as they brought the survivor from Chronicle into it somehow.

  13. I have an idea
    They should make a 2 one where theres a crystal in a latin country. A woman finds it while going home for work. She has an abusive husband. Overtime she got fed up and accidentally killed her husband. She fled and stayed at her mothers. Her mother believes in ghosts. Overtime her mother finds out and believes she has a demon inside her and leaves her on the street. While on the street, she sees a glass display with a bunch of TVs. Its on the national news channel like CNN and its showing the fight with Andrew and Matt. While she’s watching this, the government comes in because her mother reported it to the police. Then she’s has this fight with the government like the final battle with Andrew and Matt. She escapes but gets shot in the leg and loses nerves and mobility of her legs. She lifts herself and escapes in hopes of finding the young men that were spotted in USA Seattle.

    • That idea is certainly much better than Landis’ ‘new direction’