Max Landis talks Chronicle 2 and all his other projects

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I really enjoyed Chronicle. Like, a lot. And I very rarely start sentences with “Like” so you know I’m serious. Newcomer director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis, arrived on the scene out of nowhere, turning both the super hero and found footage genre conventions on their silly costumed and over-exposed heads, to ,much acclaim. At last estimates, the meagre $12 million budget film earn somewhere in the region of a small mountain of money.

So naturally, studios and fans are clamouring for more. So what’s next? Well, the ever ebullient Landis has now finally spilled some beans on what we might see in Chronicle 2. He’s also given some info on some of this other projects in the pipeline.

The interview is a two-parter (courtesy of Dread Central) and was filmed during the Middle East Film and Comic Con where Landis was a guest.

For those of you who don’t want to sit through Landis’ special brand of crazy, included a mech impersonation, here are the highlights:

“Small spoiler. The movie you saw, Chronicle, in the sequel is a thing. The edited footage is a thing. It’s not like we found this footage after all 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… things are going to be different now.

I loved Matt and I felt really bad for him because I understood just how sort of 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 2.

I just wrote a real cool scene this morning where… er, I’m not going to say.”

On whether or not Josh Trank (who has recently been signed on to a Fantastic Four reboot for Fox) will be back to direct the sequel:

“Josh is all over the place with other projects. And I’m also all over the place with other projects but Chronicle is really… my baby. Josh will probably be involved in some respects.”

Landis also gave an update on his buddy-action film, Good Time Gang, which Trank was reported to actually be directing:

“[Jonah Hill], Mark [Wahlberg] and Chris Evans… It’s coming together. It has a director…. It’s about the hard partying children of the world’s most successful mercenaries… Jonah really gets it and the cast really gets it.”

Landis currently has a number of different scripts in various states of production; everything from a fantasy based spy thriller (think Lord of the Rings meets Jason Bourne) titled Amnesty that Ron Howard is supposed to direct (you hear Max mention this briefly), to a contemporary sci-fi take on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to be directed by Shawn Levy. But for one of his scripts, Max will be behind the camera himself:

“I’m going to direct a movie. I decided I’m going to direct my script Me, Him, Her… I’ve been very scared to direct but I’m going to give it a try so let’s see how that turns out…. it’s much smaller. It has a good swordfight in it, though.”

You can hear a whole lot more in the above interview, including Max giving some great (and expletive laden) advice to aspiring writers as well as talking about the craziness (and alcohol assumption) of Death and Return of Superman.

Last Updated: April 30, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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