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:
FX, the network that’s brought us shows like Nip/Tuck is putting together a pilot episode of a series called Powers based on the comics by Brian Michael Bendis. Bendis’ work speak for itself as he is a verified badass in the comic world working for Marvel and giving us material like The New Avengers.
It has been a long long journey to FX for Powers, the little comic that could. It was originally bought by Sony ten years ago and meant for the big screen; however, a year ago it was pitched by Bendis and Kevin Falls (Journeyman) to FX over a year ago.
Here’s a little background for those of you who don’t know the comic,
Bendis’ series takes place in a universe where superpowers are somewhat unusual, but not uncommon. The protagonist is Christian Walker, a superhero turned homicide detective. Along with his partner Deena Pilgrim, he solves murder cases involving “powers,” or people with superpowers.
So basically this is pretty much X-Files but with superpowers instead of aliens.
As far as the show is concerned it couldn’t ask to be handled by better hands than that of Michael Dinner. Dinner besides having a last name that makes me hungry is responsible for FX’s hit shows like Sons of Anarchy and the networks’ newer but none the less awesome show Justified.
What I like about this idea is that it’s going to an edgy network which means no corners will be cut when it comes to pushing limits on the show. This also means the show will looks cool and prbably have a lot of curse words, gratuitous violence and nudity. (yay??)
What I don’t like is that the concept sounds kinds of contrived and there are enough cop/detective type shows on tv already so how will this project be any different?? But I mean if USA can keep it shows running then Powers has a good shot at getting on the air. What do you guys think??
Score one for girl power! Recently, Lynda Carter who was made mega famous by her role as Wonder Woman in the 70’s had something to say about Ms. Megan Fox who trashed the beloved character. Now this may not be such a big deal if Fox wasn’t being considered for the role of Wonder Woman for an upcoming tv series that is being developed by David E. Kelley (The Practice, Ally McBeal) with Warner Bros, backing it. . Fox had some nasty things to say about the woman who donned the red, white and blue. Hamilton announced on live tv that Megan Fox,
“actually kind of trashed Wonder Woman” last year. “She said she thought it was dumb, like ‘what’s the big whoop making people tell the truth.’ I like her, I just thought she shouldn’t trash Wonder Woman.”
Now granted Fox is only doing small screen things right now, like Armani Ads but she would definitely be fitting for the role. However, should someone who’s publicly made fun the character be allowed to play it? Also, do you think this project could be successful? Deadline Hollywood writer Nellie Andreeva point out,
Warner Bros TV has brought DC characters to the small screen before: most recently with the CW’s Superman-themed Smallville, which is in its 10th and final season.