The Josh Trank-directed surprise hit Chronicle
— a found-footage, teen superhero flick that was written by Max Landis (son of John Landis) — was dubbed
an "uncommonly entertaining movie" by Roger Ebert. It didn't take long for news to surface that a sequel was underway. Fox brought Landis back for part two, which was supposed to be much darker in tone. Landis hinted
at the follow-up in 2012:
"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 these 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."
Then the studio started to balk at the direction Landis' script took. Last fall, reports
from the elder Landis cast doubts on the film's future. Now
, it seems that the sequel is moving forward without Max Landis
. "Chronicle 2
is still probably happening, just not with my involvement as of now. It's a bummer, but there are no real hard feelings," the writer tweeted. "They hired new writers on it. I'm sure they'll announce soon." You can catch up with his stream of tweets over here
We're a little bummed to learn that the big-screen story that started it all for the young writer will be in unfamiliar hands, but we imagine there are still good things in store for the nerdy, passionate, outspoken scribe. What say you?