Max Landis reveals the time-tripping Chronicle sequel pitch we’ll never get to see

The indie sci-fi flick Chronicle catapulted writer Max Landis and director Josh Trank onto the big stage, and now Landis has revealed the sequels he pitched before the studio replaced him for the followup.

Though Trank’s reputation is a bit sullied these days in the wake of Fantastic Four, it doesn’t make Chronicle any less awesome. Landis has moved on to a few new projects, but that didn’t stop him from breaking down his original Chronicle 2 plan for The Daily Beast. Landis revealed the two pitches he made to 20th Century Fox, both of which the studio passed on. The sequel is currently in purgatory, with Jack Stanley penning a script.

So, what did Landis have in mind? Something very trippy, which would’ve tied right back into the first film as the boys get attacked by the government, only to realize they can turn back time. It’d have been a controversial move, but we definitely love the bravery. Here’s an excerpt from Landis’ breakdown:

“It begins in the storm with Steve (Michael B. Jordan). Lightning is going behind Steve and you hear Andrew (Dane DeHaan) going, ‘Leave me alone!’ and then you hear Matt (Alex Russell) go, ‘What’s going on? You have to come down right now!’ The next shot is the sun is rising over Seattle, they’re on a cliff outside the city, the camera’s been put down all the way, laying on the ground. Dane is going, ‘You don’t understand, my mom is really sick and I hate my dad, I’ve got to get out of the house—’”

Matt goes, ‘Dude, you’re my cousin. Stay with us. Get the fuck out of there.’ Andrew’s like, ‘I’m sorry, I feel like I’m going crazy’ and Matt’s like, ‘It’s okay man, we’re here for you.’ And Steve’s like, ‘First things first—enough with this fucking camera.’ He turns it off, and the title comes up: Chronicle 2.

The end of the movie is the government descends on them, there’s this whole fight, it’s very scary, Andrew is killed. Matt is killed. Steve’s alone and he’s being closed in on by the government going, ‘This didn’t happen this way.’ The government’s going, ‘Put your hands in the air!’ Steve looks at the camera and goes, ‘This didn’t happen this way.’ And just like that, it rewinds to the beginning of the second act of Chronicle 2 and you see them being filmed by these French girls that they were hanging out with, and you see Steve go, ‘We’ve gotta go.’”

Along with that concept, Landis also pitched a sequel dubbed Martyr, which would’ve focused on a schizophrenic villainess-in-the-making who goes toe to toe with Matt when her boyfriend dies. Landis teases that the villain Miranda would’ve used a mechanized suit — he also noted the script is “very dark,” and one of his “better scripts.” Sadly, these two will probably sit on the shelf right beside his Fantastic Four pitch until the end of time.

What do you think of the Chronicle ideas? Would you have liked to see these on the big screen?

(Via The Daily Beast)

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