Though the news that 20th Century Fox was moving forward on a sequel to Chronicle came rather quickly after Josh Trank’s film performed very well at the box office, development on the follow-up has been fairly slow. Screenwriter Max Landis returned to pen the script, but it seemed unlikely that Trank would return to direct given that he’s next helming The Fantastic Four and is also attached to a Venom movie and Shadow of the Colossus. Last we heard re: Chronicle 2, Landis’ father John Landis claimed that Fox wasn’t happy with Max’s script and wanted “more of the same.”
Now Max Landis himself has spoken up regarding the status of Chronicle 2 and also directly addressing his father’s comments. Hit the jump to read on.
Speaking with IGN Middle East, Landis provided an update on the status of the Chronicle sequel:
“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.”
Landis went on to directly address John’s comments regarding Fox’s reaction to 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.”
The screenwriter went on to say that the film “will happen eventually,” but as with many properties in development, it appears that Chronicle 2 is a ways off. Whether the film actually comes to fruition is uncertain. The length of time since the release of the first film is now past a year and it doesn’t sound like the project is any closer to a greenlight or pre-production, so I can’t help but feel like Chronicle 2 is becoming a bit less likely than we initially thought. Time will tell.