The month of January is usually a dumping ground for theaters. But almost everyone was blindsided with how good Max Landisâ€™ Chronicle was. Since the film brought in a nice amount of cash for Fox, the studio commissioned a sequel to be produced. Landis has been hard at work writing the script. But despite his efforts, it seems that Fox isnâ€™t too happy with what he has turned in.
In a recent interview, John Landis (Maxâ€™s father) gave some rather troubling news about the status of Chronicle 2.
Here’s what John said:
â€œ[Max] wrote a sequel, and itâ€™s amazing, and the studio read it and said, â€˜We want Chronicle again!â€™ And he said, â€˜No, this is the sequel, itâ€™s the evolution,â€™ and they said â€˜No, we want that movie again!â€™ So itâ€™s difficult, weâ€™re dealing with a difficult business.â€™
Itâ€™s really no surprise that a studio, like Fox, would be butting heads with a filmmaker. Itâ€™s even less surprising that a studio would want more of the same thing rather than an â€œevolutionâ€ of the story. But itâ€™s great to hear that Landis has written something that would be a fresh take on his creation. It would be interesting to take a look at the script and see what kind of changes Landis has made.
But like most studios, Fox would rather play it safe, instead of taking risks. Letâ€™s just hope that Fox and Landis can find some sort of middle ground, otherwise I see this property heading over to a new writer.
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