Writer Max Landis Talks About ‘CHRONICLE 2’; Josh Tranks Unlike To Direct.

Forgotten under the roar of the box office behemoths galloping up our brain pipe and into our collective consciousness is Chronicle. Forged on a shoestring budget and widely praised, it was the superhero origin tale done with an enjoyable  curve ball. Like all successes in Hollywood, it must be milked until its teats bleed. Writer Max Landis has dropped some tidbits on that the sequel will entail.

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Inevitably, a sequel is now in the works with Landis hired back  last month  by  Fox  to write the script. And he’s already got a clear idea of where he’s going to take the story next and he reveals that part two will deal with the fallout of these powers being discovered by the public at large.  “The movie you saw [Chronicle] in the sequel, is a thing. That edited footage … is a thing. So it’s not like ‘we found this footage after 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.’ And things are going to be different now. They can’t possibly cover up what happened,” Landis told  TBreak  (via  STYD).

It’s a smart approach to take and one that certainly opens up all kind of story possibilities. And it seems the kid at the center of it all at the end of the film  **spoilers ahead**  Matt, who saw his cousin die in the brutal conclusion to the film, will return.  “I loved Matt, and I felt really bad for him because I understood just how 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 [‘Chronicle’] 2,” Landis teased.

And while we’re curious to see where it will go next, Trank likely won’t be back in the director’s chair for the sequel, though he’ll probably wind up as a producer. That’s not really too surprising considering his  hesitation about doing a sequel, not to mention he’s been courted for some higher profile super hero movies including aVenom spinoff  and the brewing “Fantastic Four”  reboot, in addition to an  adaptation of the graphic novel”The Red Star.

I’m glad that Landis is helming the son of a bitch, though I’m still apprehensive. Is there really a need for a sequel? Naw. Is the whole footage footage conceit going to run stale? Probably.

What do you think?