Sequel News: Plans Afoot for 'MacGruber 2'; 'Chronicle 2' Script Is Very Dark

Sequel News: Plans Afoot for 'MacGruber 2'; 'Chronicle 2' Script Is Very Dark

Apr 10, 2013

MacGruberWe hope you’re ready for some sequel news because we’ve got the latest updates on Chronicle 2 and the follow-up to Will Forte’s cult hit MacGruber.

MacGruber is one of the rare instances where a Saturday Night Live sketch actually made for an entertaining film. Will Forte’s MacGyver wannabe was the focal point of the 2010 film – which didn’t set the box office on fire, but has gone on to become a cult favorite. Fans have been hoping for a sequel for quite some time, and it looks like their wishes are finally coming true.

Forte had this to say about the subject when it came up during a recent EW interview:

“We are going to make MacGruber 2 for sure. Whether we have to do it with a video camera in our backyards – there will be some form of MacGruber 2.”

The actor goes on to add that he’d consider a Kickstarter fund to get the project off the ground – and we suspect hard-core MacGruber fans would back that thing in a second.

No matter what happens, rejoice – it appears as though there’s going to be more MacGruber in our life in the not-too-distant future. This might be a good time to stock up on flannel shirts and start growing your bitchin' mullet. 

Chronicle 2 screenplay is “really dark”


There have been a lot of stories circulating about the in-development sequel to found-footage superhero flick Chronicle recently, and screenwriter Max Landis has finally stepped in to set the record straight.

Landis gave IGN a progress report recently, admitting that “Chronicle 2 is in an interesting place right now. It's moving along.” He also scuttles reports that the studio “just wanted to do the same thing again” – which actually came from Landis’ father, filmmaker John Landis.

He clarifies that situation, saying that when you’re making a follow-up to a successful film like Chronicle, everyone wants to be cautious and have a say in the direction. No one wants to risk losing money, and everyone wants to make a film that succeeds. That's led to lots of internal discussions about the project's direction.

For his part, Landis turned in a script that has already generated comments.

“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.”

We’ll be honest – none of these comments are actually inspiring a lot of confidence in us about the state of Chronicle 2. Most of them read like typical Hollywood double speak – “how do we all compromise” and the like has us worried that there’s some real internal tension surrounding the direction of this project. We’d hope that Fox would allow Landis and director Josh Trank to make the film they want to make (particularly since the original did so well), but this is Hollywood – and studio suits are going to get involved.

We’ll bring you more on this story as it progresses – but for now, we just have to hope that everyone really is committed to making the best sequel possible.

[via Geek Tyrant]


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