Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, time for a little film news and while today’s story isn’t exactly ground-breaking I still feel the need to talk about it because we haven’t heard anything about Chronicle 2 in a while. The following information comes from superherohype:
“It was reported last summer that Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis had departed the 20th Century Fox sequel. Today Deadline reports that the studio has brought in screenwriting newcomer Jack Stanley to tackle the follow-up to the 2012 hit.
The original film, which starred Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael Kelly, told the story of three high school students who make an incredible discovery, leading to them developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities, and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over.
Landis had previously mentioned that director Josh Trank was never attached to the Chronicle sequel and likely won’t return, due to his commitment to the upcoming The Fantastic Four.”
Alright, well even though there hasn’t been any additional movement on this film since Max Landis dropped out as the writer, I can only assume that bringing this writer in means that the film is still gonna go ahead right? Now I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, Chronicle does not need a sequel. The film is fine on its own. I loved the film, it was an unexpected bit of fun for me and was one of my favourite films of 2012 and while there were a few unanswered questions relating to how the boys got their powers and all that stuff, the film pretty much wrapped up nicely with no reason to return. I mean what’s gonna follow next in the sequel, some more boys or girls or people of both genders find something glowing crystal in the ground and get superpowers? Boring. It’s been done. The point I’m getting at is that Chronicle was unique, dark and funny, it wasn’t like other films, if you make a franchise out it without taking the proper steps then you’ll dilute the formula and ruin what made the original so fun, 20th Century Fox could turn this into the Shrek, Paranormal Activity or Saw series if they’re not careful. With Josh Trank unlikely to direct and Max Landis leaving the project I had no interest in this sequel and it doesn’t help that Jack Stanley is a fairly unknown writer and while I know of the films he’s worked on, I haven’t seen any of them. Fox better be careful with this one.