Max Landis has written a draft of Chronicle 2, but apparently Fox isn’t a fan of it. After the surprise success of the found-footage superpowers movie earlier this year, Fox apparently wanted more of the same in the sequel, and that’s not what Landis gave them.
“[Max] wrote a sequel and it’s amazing… and the studio read it and said, ‘We want Chronicle again!'” his father, filmmaker John Landis, told The Playlist. “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.”
We already have a taste of what Landis has planned for Chronicle 2. In an interview with TBreak in April, he seemed to imply that Chronicle 2 would ditch the found-footage element all together.
“The movie you saw [Chronicle] in the sequel, is a thing. That edited footage … is a thing,” Landis explained. “So it’s not like ‘we found this footage after these kids died’. You can’t deny cars being thrown in the air in Seattle. You saw all those helicopters. The world changed. That’s the end of‘Chronicle. And things are going to be different now. They can’t possibly cover up what happened.”
The Playlist caught up with Chronicle director Josh Trank in February and talked to him about the sequel after he’d already said he wasn’t planning on helming it. At the time, Trank seemed to have some concerns about what form Chronicle 2 would take.
“I kind of stubbornly tried to maintain the purity of the [found=footage] concept throughout [in Chronicle]. This movie is rooted in that style, so any kind of sequel should go along the same track,” he said. “But again, there’s the risk it could be less fresh than the last film.”