Oh, what might have been for the Chronicle sequel.
For those not in the know, Max Landis, director of the sleeper hit (and excellent movie), won’t be returning to helm the Chronicle sequel. Was it because his vision for the next installment was too dark? Consider his words below and decide for yourself:
“In retrospect, I’m not even sure if fans of the first film would’ve been ready or eager for my second installment [of Chronicle] as originally written. Gone was the aspirational “what would you do,” gone were the pranks and bromance, gone were lovely tragic Andrew and hopeful, bright Steve. In their place was a dark, frustratingly unblinking stare into a complicated world that posed the question is it worth it to be a hero…
“…Told from the point of view of a heartbroken and insane woman who would martyr herself to the cause of being the world’s first villain. It was, in my estimation, a sequel that elaborated on the ideas and situations from the first to create a different genre of movie. In the best of worlds, in my optimisitc [sic] but wildly prejudiced eyes, this could make it an Aliens, a Terminator 2…in the worst a Grease 2. So at the end of the day, maybe it’s better that Martyr never saw the light of day. Sad I didn’t get to do some of my other versions.”
A lot of these words came via the director’s Twitter account. Personally, this Renegade Reporter thinks that the darkness talked about above would be extremely fascinating, a new way to view the concept of the genesis of a villain. But the optimistic/”bromance” parts of Chronicle were great too, and it’s easy to see what a sequel lacking any of that camaraderie could have ruffled some feathers at Fox. What do you think? Would you have liked to see something like what’s outlined in Landis’ words above, or are you happy Fox has chosen a different path (and a different director) for the Chronicle sequel?
Source: Latino Review