With the guaranteed blockbuster superhero movie The Avengers opening in less than a week, let’s turn our attention briefly to an unexpected heroic hit: Chronicle. Screenwriter Max Landis gave an extensive interview recently at the Middle East Film and Comic Con 2012 in Dubais in which he discussed the sequel to his found-footage superhero film, Chronicle 2. Whereas the first film gave us the origin story of the world’s first super-heroes, the follow up will apparently focus on the world’s first super-villain. Landis had a lot to say on the script, which he is currently writing and also commented on the possibility of director Josh Trank returning for the sequel. Hit the jump to see some of Landis’ choice quotes as well as the full video interview.
Via tBreak we have some pretty juicy information regarding Chronicle 2, not the least of which is the centerpiece of the plot. This time around, a super-powered entity will presumably wreak havoc on the world; but who will be around to stop him? Landis mentions that star of the original film, Alex Russell, will return as Matt Garetty:
“I loved Matt, and I felt really bad for him because I understood just how emotionally lazy he is and how he doesn’t really do what he’s doing. And that’s why I’m putting him through hell in (Chronicle) 2.”
The sequel takes place after the events of the first film, but includes a mention of it within the narrative (small spoiler alert):
“Small spoiler - the movie you saw (Chronicle) in the sequel, is a thing. That edited footage … is a thing. So it’s not like ‘we found this footage after this kids died’. You can’t deny cars being thrown in the air in Seattle. You saw all those helicopters. The world changed. That’s the end of ‘Chronicle’. And things are going to be different now. They can’t possibly cover up what happened.”
Unfortunately, it’s looking like Trank will not be returning to the sequel, at least not in a directorial capacity:
Probably not. Josh is all over the place with other projects. I’m also all over the place with other projects, but ‘Chronicle’ is really my baby. Josh will probably be involved in some respect but right now I just want to get the script done.
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering Trank is attached to the Fantastic Four reboot, an adaptation of The Red Star and possibly even a Venom spin-off. Check out the interview in its entirety below and pay special attention to the strange robot movement Landis makes around the 6:30 mark, which he says we’ll “get later.”