What Might Have Been: Max Landis Has Been Talking About His Chronicle 2 Story

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max landisMax Landis, screenwriter and YouTube fan-video master, is very vocal on Twitter. The writer stays active on the social media site by telling jokes, talking about his upcoming projects, and even talking about what could have been with cancelled projects. Landis has been talking about his ideas for Chronicle 2 the last few days. This weekend he started outlining the story one tweet at a time. He had previously taken to the social networking site to confirm that he nor Josh Trank were involved with a potential sequel, but Fox was still kicking around ideas about making a follow-up to the smash-hit sci-fi movie. Since new screenwriters were being courted, Landis said that he would talk about his original story ideas for the sequel. Whether he changed his mind or something else happened, he decided to start talking about it. Here is a compilation of his Tweets from Saturday up until a few hours ago:

Michael-B.-Jordan-Michael-Kelly-and-Dane-DeHaan-in-Chronicle-2012-Movie-ImageIn retrospect, I’m not even sure if fans of the first film would’ve been ready or eager for my second installment 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. In the best of worlds, in my optimistic but wildly prejudiced eyes, this could make it an Aliens, a Terminator 2…in the worst a Grease 2.

So at the end of the day, maybe it’s better that Martyr never saw the light of day. Sad I didn’t get to do some of my other versions. The multi-movie low budget Chronicle-based found footage superhero universe culminating in an Avengers type team up was a real good one. The most frustrating thing is that I don’t know if I’ll get the opportunity to explain what MOGO was or what he was doing in that cave.

After the longer explanation above, from this past weekend, Landis has sent out the occasional Tweet adding to and clarifying points:

 

That’s a wildly different take from Chronicle. It seems like Landis had some big, bold ideas that might have scared Fox. Taking Chronicle and essentially building an entirely new world on top of that might not have been too profitable in Fox‘s eyes. Sequels nowadays don’t offer too much in the way of new storytelling, so maybe nobody wanted to break the mold and shake things up with Chronicle 2. What do you think about Landis‘ story? Would you have liked to have seen this made?

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