Max Landis Lethal Weapon 5

Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis may be a relatively new talent in Hollywood (he also wrote American Ultra in theaters right now, and Victor Frankenstein coming next year), but he’s been around the industry his entire life. His father is filmmakier John Landis, director of The Blues Brothers, Animal House, and Michael Jackson’s music video for “Thriller.”

That means Landis always had a fascination and draw towards filmmaking, and he always seems to be cooking up ideas for movies, whether they’re original scripts, or just non-commissioned screenplays for properties that Landis wasn’t hired to write, such as his treatment for Ghostbusters 3 or his crazy-long script for a Super Mario Bros. movie. And now we have a Max Landis Lethal Weapon 5 pitch that sounds like it could actually work, even though it will likely never get made. Read More »

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Over the weekend, screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) shared the first four pages of his Fantastic Four pitch on twitter. As you know, Landis was the writer of Chronicle, the debut feature of current Fantastic Four director Josh Trank. What might a Max Landis Fantastic Four movie have looked like? Lets get a glimpse, after the jump.

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Today you’ll be able to see Fantastic Four in theaters everywhere, and while the reviews mostly seem to be negative with few redeeming qualities, it’s always better to see for yourself. However, it’s hard to care about a movie like this when the director goes out of his way to distance himself from the movie.

And that’s exactly what happened last night, on the eve of the release of Fantastic Four as some audiences were emerging from the first screenings. Josh Trank took to Twitter with succinct lamentation of the film that ended up on the big screen, but he deleted it a short time later. But since this is the internet, his words still live on in cyberspace. Read the brief and sad Josh Trank Fantastic Four tweet after the jump! Read More »

New American Ultra trailer

Sleeper agents are terrifying when they’re enemy forces, but we love making heroes out of the home-grown version. (See: all those Bourne films.) But what about when the sleeper agent is a stoner working at a convenience store? In American Ultra, Jesse Eisenberg is that guy, and when he’s “activated” via a code phrase he finds himself killing strangers with spoons and freaking out his girlfriend, played by Kristen Stewart. But at least, as this new American Ultra trailer shows, all the violence also gives them the opportunity to enjoy a romantic bit of couples tazing. Read More »

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Anthology shows like American Horror Story and True Detective are gaining ground, thanks in no small part to the success of those two series. (Well, we’ll wait to see how successful the second season of True Detective ends up being, but it is definitely a series that has people talking.)

Now Syfy is getting into the anthology horror game with a series called Channel Zero, from creators Nick Antosca (Hannibal, Friday The 13th) and Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra). The first season is born out of internet horror, basically making for a creepypasta TV series; get more details after the break. Read More »

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American Ultra isn’t an easy movie to summarize. From its tone to its genre, the film lives and breathes because it rides a fine line between action, comedy, and romance. In fact, it seems the only truth on the set of American Ultra is that Wal-Mart is a great place to find deadly weapons.

Directed by Nima Nourizadeh and written by Max Landis, American Ultra stars Jesse Eisenberg as Mike, a West Virginia stoner who just wants to marry the love of his life. That’s Phoebe, played by Kristen Stewart. Things are moving towards this end until Mike is revealed as a deep-cover, highly-trained CIA agent. Suddenly, everyone is out to kill him.

Bourne with a bong this is not, however. Landis, Eisenberg, Stewart and everyone down to the prop-master and make-up effects team stand by the fact American Ultra is really a sweet, interesting, realistic romance. It just so happens to have insane action centered on an unassuming Oscar-nominee.

American Ultra opens August 21. Below read about our May 2014 American Ultra set visit, featuring Eisenberg kicking ass in a mega mart, and see two brand new posters. Read More »

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Think of the most unlikely action hero ever and the name Jesse Eisenberg might come up. Which is exactly why the red band trailer for American Ultra is so surprising. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) and written by Max Landis (Chronicle), American Ultra is about a young man (Eisenberg) who wants to propose to his girlfriend (Kirsten Stewart) but is then revealed to be a sleeper agent, super spy. The main difference between him and other spies though is he’s a huge stoner, slacker.

Co-starring Topher Grace, Connie Britton, John Leguizamo and others, American Ultra opens August 21. Check out the first American Ultra trailers below.

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What if Jason Bourne was a stoner in love? Then you’ve have the basis of American Ultra, the new film from director Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) and writer Max Landis (Chronicle). Jesse Eisenberg and Kirsten Stewart, reuniting after Adventureland, are Mike and Phoebe. They’re huge slackers who smoke pot, hang out and watch TV but Mike wants to propose. Just as he’s about to do that, events start to unfold revealing his a sleeper agent, secret spy action character. Yes, Jesse Eisenberg’s character.

The film opens August 21 and the first still from the film has been revealed along with two character posters. Check out the first American Ultra posters and still below. Read More »

max landis ghostbusters pitch

Max Landis isn’t writing Ghostbusters 3. Ghostbusters 3 doesn’t even exist, really. Sony is, in fact, moving head with a rebooted Ghostbusters directed by Paul Feig and are trying to do a second film in that universe, starring Channing Tatum. And while the minds behind the original franchise (Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman) have their hands on these films, each will pretend 1984’s Ghostbusters and 1989’s Ghostbusters 2 never happened.

To some fans, not seeing a satisfying return of those characters trumps any good feelings about the franchise returning. Max Landis speaks to those people. The screenwriter and director took the fake news of him writing a sequel seriously, so he actually did. He never pitched it or showed it to anyone, but instead just used it as an exercise in creating a sequel, building mythology and more.

After all that, Landis has now put his Ghostbusters 3 treatment online for anyone to read. Find out more below. Read More »