20th Century Fox is in talks to pick up a sci-fi spec script from Max Landis, son of writer/director John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, the upcoming Burke and Hare). Per Heat Vision, the film “focuses on the lives of three Portland teens that become exposed to a mysterious substance in the woods, and, as a result, begin to develop incredible powers. They work together to hone their skills for fun, until personal and family problems begin to turn them against one another,” and will be told using a hand-held documentary style. Max Landis’ previous writing credits include episodes of the horror series Masters of Horror and Fear Itself.
Josh Trank (who edited the excellent Big Fan starring Patton Oswalt) is attached to make his feature directorial debut on the project. Like Landis, Trank is also the son of a respected Hollywood director. Trank’s father, Richard Trank, won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 1997 for The Long Way Home.