Last month, the news dropped that Fox is moving forward with the sequel to ‘Chronicle’ without writer Max Landis. When he took to Twitter to talk about what would have been, the son of veteran director John Landis mentioned that he was taking the story in a much darker direction. Now, he goes into much more details about the project that he calls ‘Martyr’.
Landis shared a ton of details about what could have been in the form of tweets. First, he started by saying that his sequel would have been very different from what fans are expecting:
“In retrospect, I’m not even sure if fans of the first film would’ve been ready or eager for my second installment as originally written.”
He continued to touch on the characters that were meant to appear in the sequel, potentially including a brand new protagonist:
“Gone was the inspirational ‘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.”
Finally, the young screenwriter explored what could have been for ‘Martyr’ and beyond if he had been able to stick around to see it through:
“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 optimistic 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. The multi-movie low [budget] ‘Chronicle’-based found footage superhero universe culminating in an Avengers type team up was a real good one.”
It’s unfortunate that Landis’ sequel isn’t happening since it sounds like he was going for a fresh take on the superhero genre once again, which is what got him and director Josh Trank noticed in the first place. Leave it to Fox to jump the gun on something that sounds cool though, am I right?
After reading these details, do you wish that Max Landis was still attached to the ‘Chronicle’ sequel? Share your thoughts in the comments below.