Chronicle was one of this year’s surprise hits, and deservedly so. It’s a really fun movie that announced several major new talents like director Josh Trank who will be helming the upcoming Fantastic Four (with the talented Jeremy Slater steering the script). Other talented people who got a career boost out of the film include Dane Dehaan, Michael B. Jordan and Australian actor Alex Russell (the latter of whom is rumored to be returning for Chronicle 2).
Then there’s the credited writer, Max Landis. I’m not sure exactly how much of the film’s success he’s responsible for – Trank seemed to be the powerhouse there – but he’s certainly been enjoying a high profile since its release. Fox kept him onboard to draft Chronicle 2 and they don’t seem too happy with the results. The Playlist was speaking to John Landis (An American Werewolf In London, Blues Brothers) about his own film troubles when he decided to discuss his son’s recent problems. ““He wrote a sequel, and it’s amazing, and the studio read it and said, ‘We want ‘Chronicle’ again!’ And he said, ‘No, this is the sequel, it’s the evolution, and they said ‘No, we want that movie again!’ So it’s difficult, we’re dealing with a difficult business.”
I read a post on Collider that expressed some disappointment in Fox for being “unwilling to take risks with the sequel.” I also hate when studios refuse to take risks but, in this case, I’m guessing that they just didn’t like it. If you’ve seen Landis speak at conventions he doesn’t seem big on listening, which can complicate things when working with a studio.