Max Landis, the screenwriter behind this year’s hit “found footage” tale, Chronicle, signed on back in March to provide a screenplay for a sequel. Today, The Playlist reports that 20th Century Fox isn’t entirely satisfied with Landis’ take. The news arrives, somewhat surprisingly, from the screenwriter’s own father, filmmaker John Landis.
“He wrote a sequel and it’s amazing,” the elder Landis told the outlet, “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.’”
The original film told the story of three high school students who make an incredible discovery, leading to them developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities, and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over.