Yesterday, the first Power Rangers trailer went online, and after you saw it, you might have thought to yourself, “Hey! That looks a lot like Chronicle!” You’re not the only one who saw similarities in a film that has a gritty aesthetic and a group of outsider teenagers who get superpowers.
Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis tweeted out the following:
I wrote a silly, fun, goofy retro teen action adventure movie.
They fired me, and five or so writers later, it appears they made Chronicle.
— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) October 9, 2016
Yeah, it appears they hired the writer of Chronicle and he wrote a Power Rangers movie, so they fired him and made Chronicle instead. https://t.co/F8lVEJqoU5 — Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) October 9, 2016
While I think we can all appreciate the irony, I’m not exactly sure what Landis’ point is. Is he saying that if Lionsgate wanted him to write a Chronicle-like script, he would have done it? Or is his issue that he wrote what he felt was a script more in line with the Power Rangers TV show and that Lionsgate changed it to something he could have done?
That all being said, let’s not pretend that Landis is some phenomenal writer and we’ve been deprived a Power Rangers script that would sing throughout the ages.
Here’s the official synopsis for Power Rangers:
Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.