At last week's Middle East Film and Comic Con screenwriter Max Landis
— son of An American Werewolf
in London director John Landis and scribe behind this year's found footage/superhero flick Chronicle
— chatted details about the sequel to his impressive debut about three high school students mastering their unusual, new powers. Bleeding Cool
posted a lengthy video interview with the writer, who was his usual hyper and chipper self. Landis doesn't want to be a screenwriter without "a face," and his enthusiasm is infectious enough to guarantee that will never happen. It didn't take long for FOX to hire Landis to pen Chronicle 2
, and the biggest plot detail he shared centers on the first film and use of found footage. Small spoiler alert ahead:
"The movie you saw, Chronicle, in the sequel is a thing. The edited footage is a thing. It’s not like we found this footage after all 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 … things are going to be different now. I loved Matt and I felt really bad for him because I understood just how sort of 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 2. I just wrote a real cool scene this morning where… er, I’m not going to say."
You can expect references galore in the new movie, including "Akira, X-Men, Stand By Me … " Landis shared, but "Stephen King really is it… it’s a Stephen King story. It’s a character driven story where things go progressively more crazy." One of the biggest questions has been about Josh Trank who directed the first movie, and is working on the upcoming comic book adaptation, Red Star. "Josh is all over the place with other projects. And I’m also all over the place with other projects, but Chronicle is really … my baby. Josh will probably be involved in some respects," Landis revealed.
What's in store for the screenwriter? "Ron Howard is directing one of my movies," he said in reference to his "Robert Ludlum meets JRR Tolkien" spy thriller Amnesty. "I’m going to direct a movie. I decided I’m going to direct my script Me, Him, Her … let’s see how that turns out …. it’s much smaller. It has a good swordfight in it, though."
Check out the first part to Landis' wildly energetic interview below, and head to Bleeding Cool
for additional details and the other video links.