Screenwriter Max Landis Offers 'Chronicle 2' Update

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.

Read Landis' quotes below.

Landis said the following to IGN Middle East. Head there to see an extended video of the interview:

'Chronicle 2? is in an interesting place right now. It's moving along. There was this whole announcement that they wanted to just do the same thing again because my father said that. My father is not involved in 'Chronicle 2.' He doesn't know the process, it was not his place to say that. The truth is when you have a movie that was as successful as 'Chronicle' was, it's not as quick of a process. There are a lot more voices coming in and saying "This is what the sequel should be" because there's a bigger expectation and a bigger fear of failure. And that's really what's going on with 'Chronicle 2.' Josh (Trank) is directing 'Fantastic Four.' I'm doing a hundred other movies. 'Chronicle 2' has become this question of "How do we all make a movie that we all respect?" And that's true to what 'Chronicle' is. There's no one at the studio who wants to make a bad movie. They all want to make a good movie just as much as I do. We're not fighting.

He then discussed his script:

The report came out that they didn't like my script. They liked my script. It's just a really dark script. The question is more of "How do we all compromise to get something we want?" And that's an incredibly slow process.

It sounds like another case of the Internet being much, much, much faster than the slow Hollywood development process. Chronicle 2 will likely come out, it's just about being patient.

Landis once said the sequel would be about the world's first supervillain, which could explain some of the manner in which it'll be darker.