‘Chronicle’ Sequel Loses Writer Max Landis

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Chronicle turned out to be a surprise smash hit, making $126 million worldwide — not bad at all when the film only cost $12 million to begin with. A sequel seemed like the obvious next step, and indeed Fox has one in the works. The bad news, however, is that it’s moving forward without its original director or writer.

Max Landis, who scripted the first film, was hired to write the sequel all the way back in March 2012, just a few weeks after Chronicle opened. But he’s hit some trouble along the way, and now he reveals he’s off the project entirely. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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When you’re a successful, in-demand screenwriter, you can just get on YouTube and rant. Max Landis, writer of one of the better superhero movies in the past few years (Chronicle) and director of a Superman fan film, did just that after seeing Man of Steel.

Landis has a true passion for the Superman character, and has some very choice words for the filmmakers behind not only this film, but other superhero movies in general. He talks about how the destruction in the film is totally against the character and serves as a reminder that the “hero” has been removed from “superhero” movies. It’s an interesting and thought-provoking monologue. Check it out below. Read More »

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The brain behind last year’s surprise hit Chronicle wants to set the record straight about its sequel. Max Landis, who wrote the found-footage superhero movie, sincerely believes Chronicle 2 will get made. He’s even got a script completed that the studio likes; one that is decidely darker than the first film. That’s a bit of an issue, as is the fact that director Josh Trank is about to start making 2015′s Fantastic Four reboot. All of that adds up to a film that will happen at some point, but just not yet, and is, Landis says, certainly not in any trouble.

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Even before the conclusion of the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe was making a valiant effort to prove himself as an actor. He performed on Broadway, in independent dramas, psychological thrillers, and now he’s likely to play his most different role yet. Radcliffe is in talks to play Igor, the lead character of Max Landis‘ unique take on Frankenstein. Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin) is set to direct. Read more below. Read More »

Three directors recently booked brand new films: one underworked, one overworked and another making his debut. After the jump read about

  • Joe Dante will be directing the horror-thriller Air Disturbance.
  • Shawn Levy takes over This Is Where I Leave You, a family comedy originally set for Adam Shankman
  • Writer Max Landis will make his directorial debut with Me Him Her, a “sexual identity comedy.”

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As comics have been embraced by Hollywood as the new go-to pasture for grazing on established properties and characters, film writers have occasionally tackled comics as well. Kevin Smith, Joss Whedon, and J. Michael Straczynski are among the most high-profile talents who have gone from film and TV to comics. Now Chronicle writer Max Landis is making the jump to the printed page thanks to DC and the first Action Comics annual to come out of the “New 52″ reboot.

Action Comics Annual #1 is by writer Sholly Fisch and artist Cully Hamner, and it also features an 8-page backup story from writer Max Landis and artist Ryan Sook (Wednesday Comics; Jonah Hex; Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Check out a preview of the Fisch and Hamner pages below. Read More »

This sounds like exactly what Chronicle director Josh Trank was hoping to avoid by edging around the sequel to his “kids with powers” movie. Screenwriter Max Landis penned the first film, and now he’s writing the sequel. But if John Landis, director of Burke and Hare and An American Werewolf in London, and father of Max, is to be believed, the script isn’t pleasing execs at Fox. Why? According to the elder Landis, because the second story isn’t enough like the first. Read More »

Chronicle made the career of Max Landis, and in the wake of the success of that Fox film the young screenwriter has seen several projects go into active development. He’s working on Chronicle 2, and has Frankenstein moving forward, and has been in the news with other projects as well.

Now he’s got a TV show in development at Teakwood Lane, a television production company based at Fox. Vigilant sounds like it explores the idea of a vigilante working both against the system and against a bigger criminal element. Read More »

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