Is Chronicle 2 finally back on track?

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Apr 1, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT (Updated)

After original writer Max Landis parted ways with the studio, it seemed like the odds for a Chronicle sequel were starting to dwindle. But the found-footage series could finally be back on track.

20th Century Fox has hired relative newcomer Jack Stanley to script the sequel to director Josh Trank’s breakout sci-fi hit, which focused on a group of teens who develop superpowers that lead one of them to go a little power-crazy. It served as a nice deconstruction of the superhero genre, and we've been chomping at the bit for more.

The original was made for just $12 million, went on to gross $126 million worldwide and was a nice twist on the found-footage style that has become increasingly played out the past few years. Landis reportedly had an intriguingly dark concept for the sequel, but the studio never got on board, so he eventually left.

Now it seems Stanley will be tasked with developing a new story. Though Stanley is a buzzy name around Hollywood these days, he doesn’t have any actual produced credits as of yet. But he’s written both a spy script and werewolf story on spec that are apparently very strong, which is what helped score him this gig. 

Though we’re glad to see Chronicle coming back to life, we’re worried that with Trank off directing Fantastic Four and Landis no longer working behind the scenes, this eventual sequel might lose some of the spark that made the original so great. What do you think? Should the studio even make this one with neither Trank or Landis involved?

(Via Deadline)

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