‘Chronicle 2′ Is “Moving Along” With a “Really Dark” Script
Shortly after the dark, found-footage superhero-y ‘Chronicle‘ killed at the box office, a ‘Chronicle 2‘ was announced with screenwriter Max Landis returning to pen the script. The process has been slow to say the least, but Landis has calmed our fears with an update on the project. And yes, it is still happening and it’s looking to be just as dark, if not darker than the first.
It turns out, though, there was some confusion with regards to the original sequel announcement. Speaking with IGN Middle East, Landis cleared up the matter involving what his father, John Landis, said about ‘Chronicle 2′:
‘Chronicle 2′ is in an interesting place right now. It’s moving along. 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.
John Landis’ original statements revolved around Max battling with Fox over the direction of ‘Chronicle 2′ — the studio essentially wanted a repeat of ‘Chronicle’ with a different cast while Max wanted to tell the next chapter. But even with the clarification, there are a lot of balls in the air, yes, and we’re hoping that we get to see something worth while in the next installment. Though, know that it’ll probably be just as dark as the first:
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.
So what do you think? Excited for ‘Chronicle 2′ and its current dark tone? Where do you want to see the sequel go? Sound off in the comments.