Before Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 was released, the one thing fans were most excited about was we’d finally get to see Venom on the big screen. The character is arguably the most popular of Spider-Man’s villains and to potentially see his origins and battles with the web-slinger was unbelievably exciting. After the film was released, though, the sparse use of the character was listed as one of the its biggest disappointments.
Soon after Spider-Man 3, Sony wised-up to the character’s popularity and began developing a Venom centric movie with Hunger Games director Gary Ross at the helm. It never panned out. But, with the new Amazing Spider-Man around the corner and a hot new superhero director in town, the stars might just be aligning once again.
The Los Angeles Times reports Sony is in negotiations with Chronicle director Josh Trank to helm a new Venom movie. There’s more after the jump. Read More »
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Chronicle, the ‘teens with powers’ movie that hit two weeks ago, almost instantly established director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis as talents to watch. Trank has a deal with Fox, and is in the midst of developing new projects, even as rumors fly that the studio has an eye on him to reboot the Fantastic Four. Trank has denied that he knows anything about that, and continues to hold that position, which leads to the obvious question: what’s next?
According to the most commonly-used map that charts a path for this particular scenario, Chronicle 2 would be next. But Trank doesn’t seem to be very interested in a sequel to his debut feature. Instead, he’s developing other original projects at Fox. Read More »
Chronicle is not a superhero movie. It is a film about three young guys who, after exposure to a mysterious energy source, develop strong telekinetic powers. More to the point, Chronicle is about how having that empowerment in common forges a strong friendship between them, and the ways they deal with the unexpected power surge.
In the sort of telling which has become so familiar thanks to comic books and the TV shows and movies that follow them, those kids should quickly learn that their powers come with an obligation to help society. Then they foil some small-time crime and forge identities through which they can become virtuous examples of humanity, evolved.
That’s not how Chronicle works. I’m not sure these characters would know how to help humanity if they wanted to. There is nothing truly ‘realistic’ in this film, but there is something intimately recognizable in the ways in which these guys deal with their new powers. They’re kids. They play around with pranks and fun. They realize they can fly, and talk about destination vacations for the telekinetically-enhanced. Then — and this is what makes Chronicle stand out, and what really makes it worth seeing — their powers become lenses that magnify their true natures, to destructive and tragic effect. Read More »
The low-budget ‘teens with powers’ movie Chronicle opens this week, I’m finding that a lot of people still don’t know too much about it. That’s too bad, because Chronicle is a lot of fun. It is a film that explores its premise well, while also proving that it doesn’t take $150m to make a successful movie along these lines.
In short, I hope people see the picture. Chronicle deserves an audience.
Here is one last teaser for the movie, but I have to say that it might not be the best one to watch. Just by the nature of having to advertise the film, some of Chronicle‘s secrets and better scenes have been glimpsed in the full trailer and other teasers that follow. But this one, to me, seems to give up just a bit more of the last act than I’d like. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
With the strong buzz surrounding his feature debut Chronicle, I’ve no doubt that director Josh Trank has a bright future ahead of him. But as he plans his next steps, there’s one previously rumored project that he’s apparently not lined up for, or at least, not yet. In a recent interview, Trank responded to recent reports that he’d emerged as the frontrunner to helm 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot by saying that the stories had been news to him as well. More after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
26-year-old Josh Trank is a newcomer to Hollywood by just about any definition, with just one TV series (The Kill Point) under his belt and the premiere of his debut feature Chronicle still weeks away. But execs at 20th Century Fox (which is distributing Chronicle) seem to have quite a bit of faith in the young filmmaker already. Trank has emerged as the frontrunner to direct the reboot of Fantastic Four that’s been simmering at Fox for the past couple of years, with a final decision expected sometime next month. More details after the jump.
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Yesterday, 20th Century Fox invited a group of journalists on to the studio lot to preview footage from the found footage superpowers film Chronicle. The film was co written by Max Landis (son of filmmaker John Landis) and Josh Trank, who makes his feature directorial debut (you may have seen Trank’s viral short film Stabbing at Leia’s 22nd Birthday). The story follows three high school kids who gain super powers — the power of telekinesis. The movie stars a couple young up-and-coming television stars — Michael B. Jordan (Vince from Friday Night Lights, Alex from Parenthood) and Dane DeHaan (Jesse from In Treatment). After the footage screening, I recorded my first impressions with Alex from FirstShowing. You can watch our short video blog embedded after the jump, alongside two clips from the film and a 60-second trailer.
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We’ve seen a lot of superhero origin stories and we’ve seen a lot of low-fi ‘found footage’ films. But we haven’t seen many project combine those two approaches. And of the projects that have come close to that idea, none have looked quite as promising as Chronicle. This is a movie about three high-school friends who end up with hero-like powers. Rather than becoming heroes, however, these kids play around — as you probably would — and depicts the way things go wrong when one of the kids makes a rash decision.
We’ve covered Chronicle a bit as Fox started making the film, but we haven’t known much about it until now. A trailer hit today, and it looks solid — check out the footage below. Read More »