Directors like Marc Webb and Bryan Singer use Twitter to keep fans abreast of what’s going on during the production of their movies, but screenwriter Max Landis turned to the social-media platform to explain a film that didn’t wind up happening.
In this case, it’s the planned sequel to Chronicle, for which Landis penned a script that Fox didn’t like, leading the screenwriter to leave the project. He started off by revealing the title would have been Martyrs and focused on a woman killing herself in order to become the world’s first supervillain. He further explained:
In retrospect, I’m not even sure if fans of the first film wouldve been ready or eager for my second installment [of Chronicle] as originally written. Gone was the aspirational “what would you do,” gone were the pranks and bromance, gone were lovely tragic Andrew and hopeful, bright Steve. In their place was a dark, frustratingly unblinking stare into a complicated world that posed the question is it worth it to be a hero…
… Told from the point of view of a heartbroken and insane woman who would martyr herself to the cause of being the world’s first villain. It was, in my estimation, a sequel that elaborated on the ideas and situations from the first to create a different genre of movie. In the best of worlds, in my optimisitc [sic] but wildly prejudiced eyes, this could make it an Aliens, a Terminator 2…in the worst a Grease 2. So at the end of the day, maybe it’s better that Martyr never saw the light of day. Sad I didn’t get to do some of my other versions.
He also threw out a few other statements including, “The multi-movie low budget Chronicle-based found footage superhero universe culminating in an Avengers type team up was a real good one.” Later he said, “Martyr also had two pretty cool robot suits in it. Sorta hyper realistic iron man stuff. Magnetic flight, sonic weaponry. Cool, cool stuff.”
At this point it remains unclear what Fox plans for Chronicle 2, but it sounds like Landis wanted to open the world up quite a bit with his sequel. Meanwhile, Landis’ is working on a Frankenstein project, which brought James McAvoy into the fold last month. That film is scheduled for an Oct. 17, 2014 release.
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