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 »

What did comic book writer Grant Morrison mean when he said Batman is “very, very gay?” How does Robert Downey Jr. feel about the possibilty of someone else playing Tony Stark in Iron Man movies? How long did it take for Christian Bale to read the script to The Dark Knight Rises? Which part of Chronicle includes the seeds to its potential sequel? Is The Avengers making money internationally and how are ticket sales here in the States? Do Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner think they’d return in another Marvel movie? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

CinemaCon has come to a close, and I’ve returned from Las Vegas to find a ton of film sequel news bits. After the jump you’ll see a round up of all the latest, including:

  • New photos from G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Expendables 2
  • Benedict Cumberbatch explains how he auditioned for Star Trek 2 on his iPhone.
  • Brendan Gleeson and J.B. Smoove join The Smurfs 2
  • Screenwriter Max Landis talks about returning characters, possible directors, and how Chronicle 2 will be about the world’s first ‘supervillain’
  • The running time and soundtrack listing for Men in Black 3 has been revealed
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel will begin production by Summer’s end.
  • And an update on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo sequels.

 

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Max Landis Returns to Script ‘Chronicle 2′

Briefly: Fox liked the way that Chronicle turned out — the low-budget ‘teens with powers’ film has made over $100m worldwide so far, and even when promotional costs other sundry expenses are factored in, that’s pretty damn good for a film that cost $12m to make.

Director Josh Trank has said he is unsure about directing a sequel, and was just linked to Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff Venom. But Fox is going ahead with the first stage of sequel production anyway, and has hired original screenwriter Max Landis to write Chronicle 2. Read More »

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 »

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