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Max Landis says Chronicle 2 is definitely happening and will be "really dark"

04.09.2013

CHRONICLE was a surprisingly good entry into the found footage and superhero genres. When word came down that director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis were hitting a wall with the proposed sequel, I was disappointed. After the success of the first movie at the box office, a sequel seemed like a lock, but it sounded like the studio did not like Landis' script. Well now Landis is saying that is simply not true.

During an interview with IGN, Landis refutes his father, John Landis, who claimed the studio wanted a copy of the original film:

"CHRONICLE 2 is in an interesting place right now. It's moving along”, Landis Jr explained. “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."

That all makes sense, plus director Josh Trank is in the midst of the FANTASTIC FOUR reboot and Landis has other films he is working on. CHRONICLE 2 seems to be that rare studio sequel where they actually care that the screenwriter and director want to create something good instead of churning out another one right away. CHRONICLE is low budgeted in terms of superhero movies go, so it isn't causing a major profit loss to wait on it.

Landis also shed some light on what to expect from CHRONICLE 2 in terms of tone and mood:

“The report came out that they didn't like my script. 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. Landis concluded by stating that CHRONICLE 2 will definitely happen, and claiming to be “60-75% sure that it will be a pretty damn good movie.”

For those who have seen CHRONICLE, the movie ends in an ambiguous way that could lead to any number of sequels. Whether the found footage style will be retained seems to be unknown at this point, but I would venture to guess they would.

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Source: IGN

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12:18PM on 04/10/2013

dark doesn't mean good.

I hated Chronicle. I think the "found footage" film is a gimmick. It was a very tedious boring film. What are they going to do have another group of emo kids? continue the story of the surviving characters from the original. Please don't.
just stop.
I hated Chronicle. I think the "found footage" film is a gimmick. It was a very tedious boring film. What are they going to do have another group of emo kids? continue the story of the surviving characters from the original. Please don't.
just stop.
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8:50AM on 04/10/2013
Loved the first one. Is there more to tell though, probably. I mean this strange underground source of their powers could be found all over the world, possibly falling into the wrong hands again. Could be interesting which road the director goes down.
Loved the first one. Is there more to tell though, probably. I mean this strange underground source of their powers could be found all over the world, possibly falling into the wrong hands again. Could be interesting which road the director goes down.
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6:32AM on 04/10/2013

Yay, that means more emo crap.

The first one was nothing but emo cry baby getting powers and staying an emo crybaby. I hate how movies are glorifying being a douche.
The first one was nothing but emo cry baby getting powers and staying an emo crybaby. I hate how movies are glorifying being a douche.
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10:50AM on 04/10/2013
holy cow... you really need to rewatch the movie with a different mental approach. sounds like you wrote it off in the first 5 minutes.
holy cow... you really need to rewatch the movie with a different mental approach. sounds like you wrote it off in the first 5 minutes.
1:36AM on 04/10/2013

I want dark

I love dark
I love dark
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12:07AM on 04/10/2013

Please No

Chronicle was an awesome stand alone movie. Please don't cheapen it by trying and failing to catch lightning in a bottle twice, as is so often the case in hollywood.
Chronicle was an awesome stand alone movie. Please don't cheapen it by trying and failing to catch lightning in a bottle twice, as is so often the case in hollywood.
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9:23PM on 04/09/2013
There were lots of very cool ideas in Chronicle and I'm glad Landis is determined not to retread the same ground. That scene with the spider was very intense and a near-perfect character moment. However, I've gotta say that Landis sometimes comes off as rather douchey, especially in that "Death of Superman" video he did.
There were lots of very cool ideas in Chronicle and I'm glad Landis is determined not to retread the same ground. That scene with the spider was very intense and a near-perfect character moment. However, I've gotta say that Landis sometimes comes off as rather douchey, especially in that "Death of Superman" video he did.
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8:53PM on 04/09/2013
Just like with Blair Witch, it is almost the same dilemma. A 'lost-footage' film overachieves and leave the door open for sequels. But I have to say that just like Blair Witch, Chronicle doesn't need a sequel and if it is done will they continue using the 'lost-footage' format or shoot in traditional format?
Just like with Blair Witch, it is almost the same dilemma. A 'lost-footage' film overachieves and leave the door open for sequels. But I have to say that just like Blair Witch, Chronicle doesn't need a sequel and if it is done will they continue using the 'lost-footage' format or shoot in traditional format?
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7:47PM on 04/09/2013
Really liked the first one, I'm in for a sequel.
Really liked the first one, I'm in for a sequel.
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