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.
Max Landis is one outspoken individual, and at times it may have gotten him into a bit of trouble. This time around though, Max may have bit off more than he could chew as the Chronicle writer has been dropped from the upcoming Chronicle 2. Guess being the son of John Landis doesn’t account for jack in Hollywood now.
According to Fox, the studio demanded a rewrite for the sequel’s script as early as last year, which resulted in some disagreements and infighting between Landis and the studio over Landis’s direction for Chronicle 2. With such a standstill the studio had no other choice but to drop the writer/director and in a recent tweet, Landis revealed that he hasn’t been attached to the sequel in for few months,
Josh is in reference to director Josh Trank, currently working on Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot and also has no involvement with Chronicle 2. Max does go say that he’s “grateful” that 20th Century Fox made the first Chronicle film as close to his script as it was and Chronicle 2 is “still probably happening” and that he had “no real hard feelings” about his departure. Though, when asked if he would release his script of the sequel Landis was quick to respond saying it would be “disrespectful” to those at Fox, as well as being “probably illegal”.
Chances are he’s right about the legal repercussions of releasing the script, but wouldn’t you like to know how the plots match up and characters change?
Source: Digital Spy
So Chronicle was quite the hit for 20th Century Fox earlier this year, so it would be little wonder that they’d want a sequel and in a manner equivalent to post haste. So what’s the hold up? According to Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis‘ dad, the legendary filmmaker John Landis, the studio is unsatisfied with the sequel’s recently completed script.
The scene was an AMPAS screening of the Landis classic An American Werewolf in London, and in the follow-on Q&A, Landis didn’t just dish about his own business, he also talked about his son’s. Courtesy of The Playlist, here’s what Landis Sr. had to say:
He wrote a sequel [to Chronicle], and it’s amazing, and the studio read it and said, ‘We want Chronicle again!’ And he said, ‘No, this is the sequel, it’s the evolution, and they said ‘No, we want that movie again!’ So it’s difficult, we’re dealing with a difficult business.
So Fox wants a carbon copy of Chronicle for Chronicle 2? Disappointing, but not surprising. Clearly, the same idea worked for The Hangover 2, but would anyone argue that Hangover 2 was artistically rewarding? (Or does anybody even consider Hangover 1 artistically rewarding?)
And yes, Papa John’s talking points got back to Max, and as the embarrassed son he now is, Max Landis had this to say on Twitter:
Source: Bleeding Cool