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Max Landis shares details on what would have been his Chronicle sequel, Martyr

08.12.2013

So Max Landis is out for the sequel to CHRONICLE, and while we may never know the truth about why they didn't keep him on, the writer decided to share his vision for what would have been on Twitter.

Thanks to Bleeding Cool, we have a compilation of his comments:

In retrospect, I’m not even sure if fans of the first film would’ve been ready or eager for my second instalment as originally written.

Gone was the aspirational “what would you do,” gone were the pranks and bromance, gone were lovely tragic Andrew and hopeful, bright Steve. In their place was a dark, frustratingly unblinking stare into a complicated world that posed the question is it worth it to be a hero, old from the point of view of a heartbroken and insane woman who would martyr herself to the cause of being the world’s first villain.

It was, in my estimation, a sequel that elaborated on the ideas and situations from the first to create a different genre of movie.

In the best of worlds, in my optimistic but wildly prejudiced eyes, this could make it an Aliens, a Terminator 2…in the worst a Grease 2.

The multi-movie low budge Chronicle-based found footage superhero universe culminating in an Avengers type team up was a real good one.

So at the end of the day, maybe it’s better that Martyr never saw the light of day. Sad I didn’t get to do some of my other versions. The most frustrating thing is that I don’t know if I’ll get the opportunity to explain what MOGO was or what he was doing in that cave.

Oh, and this:

Say what you will about the outspoken Landis but I like where this was going. Was. I wonder where they plan to take the story. Let's hope it's not some generic sequel killing bullshit. God forbid we have a woman lead a superhero movie even if she is the villain. Sorry, I'm projecting.

Don't feel bad for Landis though, he's got his directorial debut ME HIM HER on the way. I think he intents on sticking around for as long as Hollywood will let him, or until they taking him out kicking and screaming.

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