Chronicle 2: Producer confirms sequel to Josh Trank film in development

Last Updated on August 10, 2021

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While Josh Trank's career since Chronicle has seen better days, his first big-screen production remains a fan favorite as well as a viable franchise starter. Rumors of a sequel have bandied about for years, but now it looks like a follow-up to the 2012 superhero found-footage flick may be closer to reality.

Recently while talking about the success of Disney's Jungle Cruise, producer John Davis revealed that plans are in motion for a Chronicle sequel. The project is apparently set up at 20th Century Studios and will revolve around a cast of female characters. The plot picks up 10 years after the events of the original film and will touch on the subject of fake news, real news, and cover-ups. The characters will be fresh out of college when they discover their powers, and not all of them are as altruistic as someone like Spider-Man or Ms. Marvel.

Here's what Davis had to say to Forbes when asked about the secret of his success with the one-hit-wonder superhero film:

Chronicle was literally the best return on investment, any of my movies ever made. Chronicle we did for $12 million, and it grossed $126.64 million worldwide. Then it had a huge afterlife in syndication. It’s one of the most financially successful movies in my stable. We’re working on Chronicle 2 right now, and I think it’s going to be great. We’re working on it at Fox (20th Century Studios). It’s going to give us a chance to tell the story in a different way. We’re going to tell it from the female point of view. It will have been ten years since the event happened in Seattle, and a lot of it’s going to deal with fake news and real news and cover-ups. More interestingly, it’s the next generation getting these powers that are corruptive. These are young women just finishing college, they are empowered, and this is their journey. I mean, what a new and interesting story you can tell there.

Well, how do you like that? Did you ever think that we'd be going back to the well that is Josh Trank's Chronicle? Personally, I thought that ship had sailed a long time ago, but I welcome the opportunity to be proven wrong.

Directed by Josh Trank and written by Max Landis, Chronicle starred Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, and Michael B. Jordan as three high school friends who gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

As you can see from Davis's recounting of Chronicle's success, it was a major hit at the box office and beyond. During an age when superhero movies reign supreme at the box office, it's no wonder why a sequel is being developed. Are you down to jump back into Chronicle? Do you think Trank will return to direct the sequel? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Source: Forbes

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Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.