'Chronicle' Writer Max Landis Is Writing 'Vigilant,' A TV Show Exploring Vigilante Action

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.

Deadline says the story is "told through the unlikely POV of a brilliant 20-year old woman who is also a social outcast. After an honorable veteran detective is brutally coerced into working for the corrupt head of Internal Affairs, the detective's daughter plans her revenge by meticulously constructing a fictional vigilante persona to take on the criminal elements within the police department and the city."

The trades are calling this sort of a superhero origin story, but Landis seems to disagree. He said on Twitter,

That launched an extended digression from Landis about what the show is, or rather what it is not: