Josh Trank’s Chronicle was a breath of fresh air. I really, really liked the movie. There were elements that kept me at arms length, but I certainly didn’t regret my time with it and am looking forward to seeing it again.
What I’m not necessarily looking forward to is Chronicle 2. They’ve hired Max Landis, writer of the first film (from a story by him and Josh Trank) to pen it – which is fine in theory. Per Deadline, “Landis wrote ‘Chronicle’, the first installment of the sci-fi feature that has grossed more than $105 million at the box office worldwide since the Fox release opened in early February. Starring Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan, the first Chronicle centers on three high school friends who gain superpowers but find their lives going out of control and friendships tested as they explore the dark side.”
A few hesitations. Even though Landis is the credited screenwriter of the first film, it feels very much like it was Josh Trank’s vision. I’m not sure if he’s coming back, but as of yet it appears that there are no concrete plans for him to do so. Landis’ shorts, and by extension Landis himself, can come across as grating. I’m not sure what a feature of his without a collaborative system of checks and balances would look like. And finally, from a story standpoint, it seems totally unnecessary. Sure they could find a new group of kids, or continue on with the surviving characters, but I feel that the story was sufficiently wrapped up in the first film.
What are your thoughts?