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Chronicle Sequel Gets New Screenwriting Blood

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:

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“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.

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Max Landis No Longer Writing Chronicle 2

Alrighty then, time to talk about some film news! Yay! Today however the news isn’t exactly that of a good nature as it concerns the sequel to last year’s Chronicle film directed by Josh Trank and written by Max Landis. Anyways the following info comes from superherohype:

A few months ago we had an update from Chronicle writer Max Landis that things were still moving along for the super-powered sequel, but now it seems things aren’t were he would like them to be. Landis wrote on Twitter that he has been off the project for months and that Fox has brought new writers to work on the sequel. 

“Ultimately, I’m just very grateful to Fox for making a film as close to my original script as Chronicle was.  For making the film at all. So yeah it’s sad that as of right now I’m not involved in the sequel, and don’t know what it’s about even, but ultimately I can’t complain…Chronicle 2 is still probably happening, just not with my involvement as of now.  It’s a bummer, but there are no real hard feelings.”

 Landis also mentioned that director Josh Trank was never attached to the sequel and likely won’t return, given he is in pre-production on the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.

There were previous reports that Fox wanted to move in a different direction from Landis’ initial script. Those were at first said to be untrue but now appear to be accurate.”

Well this is certainly a darn shame. Man Landis did a right good job with Chronicle and know that he’s not on the project because of creative differences between him and 20th Century Fox sucks. I never wanted this film to have a sequel in the first place, but since Fox love their money I’m not surprised they want to get a sequel out of Chronicle. However when you get rid of the writer behind the success of the previous film and don’t have the director from the previous film either you’re gonna look a little silly. My thoughts right now is that I want this project to be immediately, but we all know that won’t happen. Let’s just wait and see who Fox gets to replace Landis and possibly Trank too.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Release Date Set for Fantastic Four Reboot

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Oh snap, shit’s just gone down in the world of comic book films again! Just when I thought the future couldn’t get any more interesting I then hear that the Fantastic Four will be rebooted with the director of Chronicle with a release date too! Damn! Here’s the original article from superherohype:

“Twentieth Century Fox Film has set a March 6, 2015 release for Chronicle director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot. No other films are scheduled for that date yet.

Michael Green and Jeremy Slater wrote the script for the new film.

The 2005 Fantastic Four and 2007 sequel Rise of the Silver Surfer were directed by Tim Story and starred Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis.

In related news, Fox also announced that The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters will all be 3D releases.”

While it was reported ages ago that Josh Trank was attached to this new Fantastic Four film he wasn’t letting the cat out of the bag any time soon, but now it’s official and it’s frigging awesome. Josh Trank did great in his directorial debut with Chronicle and I can instantly see the possibilities of what he could bring to this new Fantastic Four film. Of course most of us Marvel fans can recall those horrible Fantastic Four films from 2005 and 2007 which really did destroy the mythology and family connection between the main heroes, the only saving grace about those films was Chris Evans as Johnny Blaze. The Fantastic Four has needed another live action appearance for a while and in my opinion they need to be introduced to the world properly.

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Marvel and Fox can surely do better than this right?

What we could get with this new reboot is an actual story full of drama, emotion, action and cohesiveness. Also important to this reboot would be having a proper version of the Fantastic Four, a team who are a family who have to rely on each other, who obviously will have moments of conflict, but also moments of resolution too. I also hope to get a much more serious interpretation of these characters especially after all that silly humour in the previous films. Superhero films and the world of cinema has changed a great deal since 2005 and there is a great deal of source material to work with, in addition to that there’s also films to take influence from too. I hope the script is up to scratch and I pray to god that the filmmakers take a few notes from Pixar’s The Incredibles, a film that wasn’t even Marvel-related and yet did the whole “superhero team” thing a hell of a lot better when it comes to story, use of character powers, action sequences and an epic soundtrack.

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The people at 20th Century Fox and Marvel need to take notes!

Well the announcement has been made, I just hope the pre-production process goes well and we get something solid and creative that will rectify the mistakes of the past and give us something amazing. 2015 is gonna be an interesting year, The Avengers 2, Star Wars Episode VII and now the Fantastic Four reboot too. Sweet! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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My Top 5 Films of 2012 So Far.

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another blog post! Okay here we are at the halfway point of the year, it’s finally June and there are many films that have come out this year and still many to come through the summer right up until the end of 2012. So with that in mind I thought I would give you my top 5 films of the year so far, in order from my top favourite to number 5.

1. THE AVENGERS

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To be honest was there any doubt in your mind about what my top choice would be? I have been going on about this film long before it was released talking about trailers and complaining about the waiting period before it was released in April over here in the UK. Suffice to say The Avengers aka Avengers Assemble was everything I ever wanted in a comic film and then some, it had action, it had a good story to tell and a wonderful soundtrack and it was really funny! But most importantly it got the characters right, thanks to the power of Joss Whedon as the director and writer! Marvel Studios got it right and all their developing of the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the last 4 years paid off. The Avengers got all those individual superheroes from their own films and put them together in this one with all of the conflict and resolution you would expect. All of the actors and actresses brought heir A-games and had some brilliant chemistry in many scenes too. This film really was the definition of a true comic book film, made for fans of Marvel material and while it may not win over Dark Knight-obsessed fans, anyone who can appreciate a good, solid, action summer film will have a good time with The Avengers.

2. MARLEY

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The funny thing about this documentary was that I didn’t even know it existed until around two weeks before it’s release when I was in my local Cineworld in Luton and saw it advertised on the TV. So I researched about Marley and saw it got a full 5 star rating from Empire Magazine so then I was like “Okay now I have to see this film!” Lucky I did go when I did because the film had a limited screening in the UK and was only available in certain cinemas. But anyway, was Marley good? Hell yes! Marley is probably the most comprehensive look at the life of Bob Marley in a film format. This documentary went above and beyond to give you th definite story about the origins and life of Bob Marley through the archive footage and interviews with his family and friends. For me I really wanted to watch this film due to the fact that my knowledge of Bob Marley is pretty weak, so Marley was very insightful and comprehensive in the information it provides with the viewer. It is loud, proud and profound, it touches the soul in many ways due to Bob Marley’s tenacity and flair and most importantly his famous music that’s scattered all over the documentary. It is truly an incredible watch and I recommend it to everyone especially Bob Marley fans!

3. CHRONICLE

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Now long before the epic Avengers film would grace our cinema screens we had this film right at the start of the year. Chronicle for me was a film that seemed like it would be an interesting watch, but not be anything worth mentioning after the film ended. But to my surprise Chronicle was a fantastic little science fiction film that gave us a more realistic look at what would happen in the real world if teenagers were to obtain super powers. The fact that the film was all shot using that found footage style of camera work was very interesting and risky, for the most part it worked though it could be a tad iffy at times too. From the trailers you got an interesting yet basic story premise: three guys obtain super powers and use them for their own needs, but one of them goes bad and has to be stopped. But luckily there was much more to the story then that, each of the three teenagers were different and engaging, most importantly Andrew, the teen that goes rouge and causes a lot of destruction later on in the film. Chronicle was definitely a very inventive, intriguing and fantastic look into a more realistic form of superhero movie in many ways. Chronicle had some incredible action sequences, great acting from the three main lead actors, it also had a very dark and gruesome nature as the film unfolded and there was also some great nods to the anime film Akira.

4. PROMETHEUS

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When it comes to this film, I remember before the teaser trailer came out and there was many people on websites talking about Prometheus and I didn’t really care that much. Then I watched the teaser trailer and thought “You know what this is worth my attention.” But the main reason I was interested in this film was because I wanted to know much of connection this film would be to the first Alien film, but hearing Ridley Scott be so coy about the subject in interviews was kind of annoying. So I just decided to stay open-minded about the subject. Though I would bare in mind what Ridley Scott said about Prometheus having “strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak” and when he said this film take places in the same universe but isn’t a direct prequel. Prometheus has come out recently, it’s been out here in the UK for almost 2 weeks and it’s been around for just one week over in the US. And of course I have seen already, I saw it on opening day on June 1st and for me I thought it was pretty darn good, though at the same time I am a tad conflicted about the way I think about the film. I mean there are clearly things that I liked and things that I didn’t, but when I came out of the cinema screening and my sister asked me what I thought I had to think about it a little bit before coming to a decision. Prometheus was a great-looking film, with a great visual style through the use of CGI and the film also had a nice soundtrack, but it lacked the creepy and disturbing nature present in Alien and the trailers leading up to Prometheus‘ release. It had action, some gruesome violence and an atmosphere of its own, but there wasn’t any real scares, suspense or surprise. The film was a little predictable and some of the characters were dull and uninspired, you just knew that a good number of them would die. The only standout performance would be Michael Fassbender as David and a shout out has to go out to Idris Elba as Janek, he was hella funny and such a badass. I think Prometheus a good film, but the hype was too high and that’s why I think not too many people came away happy with the end result.

5. MEN IN BLACK 3

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Now this was film I was hoping to be good before it was released. I mean it had been 10 years since the second film and after its lengthy development process and troubles during filming, the third installment in the Men In Black franchise could have easily turned out to be a horrible mistake that shouldn’t have been made. Luckily though Men In Black 3 was a good film all round that seemed to recover some of that classic 90s magic that made the original so popular. While this film didn’t better the original, it was a hell of a lot better than MIB2. For me it was great to see Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as Agents J and K, that chemistry between the two of them is still as solid as ever, but I think this film really hit its stride when Josh Brolin stepped in as young Agent K, his ability to imitate Tommy Lee Jones is insanely good! And its great that Brolin has that same chemistry with Smith and it makes for some really funny scenes in the film. While the story of the film is a little lacking in areas and the villain isn’t overly memorable, Men In Black 3 works on many levels and for me I love it for its nostalgia factor and the fact that Will Smith is back in the world of films!

Well that’s my pick of my favourite films of the year so far. And while some of my choices may not surprise you I think maybe two of them might. To be honest 2012 never provided me much to work with in the way of good films until around May and while there were a few gems to be found, a lot the films just ended up being really dull or disappointing. I really didn’t find myself having fun until The Avengers came around. Luckily the summer looks to be filled with a lot of promise in the shape of big titles like Brave, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises, The Bourne Legacy, The Expendables 2 and Total Recall. But there’s many other titles lurking around like Rock of Ages, Fast Girls, Ted and The Watch that I really want to check out. Any even after that there’s still Skyfall in October and The Hobbit in December too. 2012 better not leave me disappointed at the end of the year! Well let’s see how this summer pans out first.

Anyways thanks for reading people! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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My Short Chronicle Review

Howdy people of the world and welcome to another blog post, tonight’s is review-based though in a slightly different sense. Indeed it is a review on the film Chronicle that came out I think about a week ago and while I was going to do a massive written review on the film I’ve decided to do a slightly more condensed version in a written format while the video I have done on YouTube provides the majority of my descriptive thoughts on the film.

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Now it seems that every once in a while there is a film that has an interesting idea but from the outset it looks like it could go one of two ways; it could either be brilliant and an unexpected success or it could be an ugly disaster which film audiences will sweep under the carpets of their minds. That was the way I felt about Chronicle before watching it last week Sunday. Now I had seen the trailers on the internet and seen a lot of coverage on the film prior to its release via Facebook and whatnot. But I wasn’t sure whether the film would work out or not. Luckily Chronicle was a pretty damn good film and as my first film of 2012 it has set a pretty decent standard for things to come. The film had a nice and interesting story with a very dark nature to it, and I think that was the key aspect that really made it stand out from other films.

And the other main element that made Chronicle so good was its characters, the main cast members need to be given credit as Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, and Alex Russell give us a lovely set of performances that are not only likeable but also relatable too.I liked the way they gained super powers and used in a funny and non-heroic fashion and then see where their powers took them once the darker element of the story starts to take place.The presentation of Chronicle was pretty good too, the found footage style of filming actually helped the overall style and quality of the film and the way the technique was used was very nice, the script was pretty well written, the action sequences were well-constructed and the GCI for the most part worked well in the film (though it did look a bit questionable at times breaking the realism effect that the film was going for). While the film is no game-changer in the world of science fiction or superhero films, it definitely feels fresh and more original than most films I’ve seen in recent times.

Rating: 8/10

For my full thoughts on the film check out my video review:

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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