One of the most unexpected surprises of 2012 turned out to be Chronicle, a found footage superhero movie from director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis that had genuine emotional weight and creativity to its credit. A sequel was inevitable, since the film made money. The sequel was anticipated, since the first film intentionally left many of its mysteries unresolved. The sequel was an opportunity to expand into something grander, or at least something equally unexpected and surprising.
But that's not what Fox wants.
Playlist is reporting a quote from John Landis, the director of An American Werewolf in London and the father of Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis, in which he explained the issues facing Chronicle 2, or whatever it's going to be called. Quoth Landis the Elder: "He wrote a sequel and it's amazing, and the studio read it and said, 'We want Chronicle again!' And he said, 'No, this is the sequel, it's the evolution,' and they said, 'No, we want that movie again!' So it's diffcult, we're dealing with a difficult business."
Quoth Landis the Younger, in a Twitter post after the story broke: "THANKS DAD REAL COOL"
We haven't read the new screenplay for Chronicle 2, so we can't speak to what's best for the franchise. Maybe Max Landis's script is a brilliant new direction for the potential series, or maybe it really does stray too far away from what made the original film so impressive. What we do know is that, from a fanboy perspective, this is discouraging PR for Fox, who have just been cast in the stereotypical, negative "studio" role in the public eye for seemingly discouraging creativity and pushing for cookie cutter sequels that may or may not be the best thing for the story, the fans, the talent, or the industry itself, which suffers from too much pandering, market-driven product to begin with.
Whether Fox rethinks their stance in an attempt to save face or sticks to their guns and gives the Landis family a stern talking to, we just hope that when and if Chronicle 2 does come out, it totally rules.
CraveOnline will be back with more Chronicle 2 news after we rehearse for the talent show.