Max Landis Compares His Unused 'Chronicle 2' Script to 'Aliens,' 'Terminator 2' and 'The Avengers'

Max Landis Compares His Unused 'Chronicle 2' Script to 'Aliens,' 'Terminator 2' and 'The Avengers'

Aug 12, 2013

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If you’re not following Max Landis on Twitter, you should be – the writer and filmmaker posts all sorts of fascinating insights about comics, movies and his own work, and his latest tweets shine a light on his scrapped screenplay for a sequel to Chronicle. After reading this, I’m more sad than ever to know that Fox passed on Landis’ work.

That being said, based on Landis’ posts, it’s easy to understand why the studio passed. Chronicle 2 (which Landis had taken to referring to as Martyr) reportedly scared studio bosses because it was “too dark” – and the info revealed over the past few days certainly seems to prove that. And yet, it could have been a really great sequel in that it looked to expand upon things started in the first film rather than just exist as a retread. Landis summed it up nicely by saying “In the best of worlds, in my optimistic but wildly prejudiced eyes, this could make it an Aliens, a Terminator 2... in the worst [case] a Grease 2."

I’ll step aside here and let Landis fill you in on his vision.

“In retrospect, I'm not even sure if fans of the first movie would've been ready or eager for my second instalment [sic] as originally written. Gone was the aspirational 'what would you do,' gone were the pranks and bromance, gone were lovely tragic Andrew and hopeful, bright Steve."

"In their place was a dark, frustratingly unblinking stare into a complicated world that posed the question, is it worth it to be a hero... Told from the point of view of a heartbroken and insane woman who would martyr herself to the cause of being the world's first villain."

"It was, in my estimation, a sequel that elaborated on the ideas and situations from the first to create a different genre of movie," Landis wrote. "In the best of worlds, in my optimistic but wildly prejudiced eyes, this could make it an Aliens, a Terminator 2... in the worst [case] a Grease 2."

Landis is disappointed that he won’t get to bring his vision to the screen – mostly because it was his intention that Martyr would have led into an Avengers-style ensemble piece.

"The multi-movie low budget Chronicle-based found footage superhero universe culminating in an Avengers type team up was a real good one."

Sounds like Landis had a really intriguing roadmap in mind for this series – one that we won’t likely get to see now that Fox has hired a new writer to pen the sequel. While some of the ideas of Landis’ version might live on (he spoke about Iron Man-esque robot suits in his script – I could see those sticking around in a new draft), we’ll likely never see these bigger ideas happen in the Chronicle universe. That’s unfortunate.

What do you think of Landis’ vision? Was this too heavy for a superhero flick or would this have been a nice counter to more mainstream Marvel and DC films? Let us know below.

[via Den of Geek]

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