A rumor broke last year that Chronicle 2 could be in jeopardy, because the studio apparently didn’t like what writer Max Landis had cooked up for the sequel. Now Landis himself is out to set the record straight and bring some good news along the way.
In an interview with IGN, Landis addressed a report that started with his father, who had been quoted saying the studio was upset because Landis’ sequel script was too different from the 2012 found-footage surprise hit.
But Landis says that was never the case, and he’s still working with the studio to land on an idea that all sides can agree on:
"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...
“[Helmer] 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 ... We're not fighting ... 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.”
Honestly, the truth probably falls somewhere in the middle. If Landis is pitching a darker sequel, the studio sees that as a risky proposition. What they’re not realizing is that Chronicle thrived because it put a new spin on the old tropes, and no one wants to see a bigger-budget retread of the same story.
The ending was a fantastic jumping-off point for a follow-up, so here’s hoping Landis gets the freedom to make it.
What would you like to see in a Chronicle sequel?