Any day where Max Landis loses a job is a good one. This is, after all, the guy who gave what is arguably the most misogynistic interview on ‘LA Dating’ ever. Maybe he can take the time off to enroll in an etiquette class. Or just jump off a cliff.
Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system (April Fools will turn a good man grumpy), it seems that, despite enjoying his “darker” script for the sequel to he and Josh Trank’s 2012 sleeper hit, Fox has passed on Landis and hired Jack Stanley to pen the second entry in their faux-Akira franchise.
Untested as of yet, Stanley is a rookie in the screenwriting biz, having made a name for himself with the Grosse Pointe Blank sounding spec, Sweetheart, the story of a female assassin whose attempt to get out of the murder-for-hire market is thrown into turmoil by her high school reunion. No word as of yet on how Stanley plans to continue the found-footage superhero story, but I can only hope that he somehow rips off the Play-Doh monster from the end of Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1988 anime masterpiece, just so there’s some semblance of continuity in the franchise.
To be honest, I am kind of bummed that Landis has been given the boot from the baby he doth shat from his perverted womb. The script for Chronicle was a damn good read, bringing a strong sense of character and darkness to what easily could’ve been a schlocky, soft PG-13 concept picture. The fact that both he and director Josh Trank (who is currently in production on the new Fantastic Four film) are unassociated with the sequel fills me with discomfort regarding the project. Can lightning strike twice? Do we even want it to? Do we even care?