Max Landis Confirms He and Josh Trank are Off the Chronicle Sequel

Dane DeHaan and Alex Russell in Chronicle (2012) Movie Image

Last we heard on the “Chronicle 2” front, things seemed to be going swimmingly, with screenwriter Max Landis still writing the script for Fox. There was also the possibility that Josh Trank, the film’s director, would return for the sequel. Now according to Landis, none of that is happening.

The screenwriter today confirmed to followers on his Twitter account that he and Josh Trank have been “off Chronicle 2 for months now”. What’s more, Trank was never officially attached to direct. Here’s what he wrote in a series of tweets answering questions:

So what’s the status of the sequel now?

Oh, I’m sure it’s happening. The first “Chronicle” was a surprise hit for the studio, thanks in no small part to a very effective marketing campaign. It went on to make $126 million from a measly $12 million budget.

It’s understandable that Trank might not be involved in the sequel. Last we heard, everyone and their mom were offering him jobs, including Fox, which has had him working on a “Fantastic Four” reboot for a while now. Still haven’t heard anything really concrete about that, though.

So what does all this mean? It sounds like the studio disagreed with Landis’ take on the sequel, and have brought in their own, more pliable writers to continue the work. When studios start thinking they know more about where certain stories should go, even better than the story’s creators … yeah.