Josh Trank’s superb super hero found footage flick Chronicle was an unexpected delight earlier this year, and even since the sequel was announced, we have all been wondering just what direction the film could take next. I myself would not like to see the sequel go over the same ground, and considering how the film finished, I doubt things could really move forward without a drastic change in direction. It would appear that the writer of the first film, Max Landis, felt the same as he was hired by Fox to write the sequel. However, according to Max’s Dad, American Werewolf in London director John Landis, Fox want more of the same from Chronicle 2.
John Landis recently attended a double feature of The Wolfman and An American Werewolf in London at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and while there he spoke with The Playlist about a number of things, including his Son’s troubles with Fox on the Chronicle sequel.
“He wrote a sequel, and it’s amazing,” Landis told the reporter, “and the studio read it and said, ‘We want Chronicle again!’ And he said, ‘No, this is the sequel, it’s the evolution, and they said ‘No, we want that movie again!’ So it’s difficult, we’re dealing with a difficult business.”
So, even after the huge success of Chronicle due to it being a little different from the norm, Fox would appear to be unwilling to trust in Landis’ judgement a second time by giving fans something different again. Surely Fox understand that one of the reason’s Chronicle was successful was because of its originality, and surely they should appreciate that fans will be expecting something new with the sequel, and not another film identical to the first?
Personally, I want to see the film take the story in a new direction, and Landis has proved he has the writing skills to make a good sequel. However, with Fix demanding more of the same, it could well prove to be Chronicle 2’s downfall. I don’t see how the film can work using the same set up as the first film, it needs a drastic change to keep things interesting, and it sounds like that is what Max wants, but sadly will not get.
(Source: The Playlist)