Fox Wants Max Landis To Rewrite “Amazing” Chronicle Sequel Script

Fox isn’t happy with Max Landis’s script for the sequel to Chronicle, but his dad, director John Landis, describes it as, “amazing”.

Chronicle is one of those movies a film company loves – cheap, but a worldwide hit, with lots of praise from the critics. So it’s not surprising that Fox wants a sequel.

The news that the original film’s director, Josh Trank, would not be calling the shots this time (he’s off directing Fantastic Four instead) was disappointing, but the fact that scriptwriter Max Landis was still involved was cause for optimism.

Well, until now, anyway.

According to an interview with John Landis, Max’s dad, at The Playlist [via Coming Soon], Fox has given the thumbs down to Max’s first stab at the sequel. And it’s for typically depressing business reasons.

“He wrote a sequel and it’s amazing,” says Landis Sr, “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.”

And a shortsighted one. Ah well, Max, there’s always the graphic novel route. Write that, make it a hit, and Hollywood will suddenly be interested again.

In the meantime, no doubt some hack will be brought in to write Chronicle 2: Andrew Resurrected By Suddenly Discovered Rejuvenation Power.