Chronicle 2 in trouble because script not same movie all over again

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Dec 17, 2012, 4:24 PM EST

It seems that the script for the sequel to last February's unexpected hit Chronicle has run into some problems—and the news comes from a source that would know.

It was a given that Chronicle—a small "found footage" thriller about three teen friends who develop superpowers after stumbling across an extraterrestrial object—would get a sequel after its performance at the box office: The movie grossed $127 million worldwide and cost just $12 million to make (that's, like, the catering budget on The Avengers). That's what you call a healthy return on your investment.

It also seemed natural to bring back screenwriter Max Landis to continue the saga, which was left very open-ended at the finale of the first film. In fact, Landis shared some of his ideas about the second film a few months back—but it may be those very concepts that are now giving him headaches.

Apparently the studio behind Chronicle, Fox, is not pleased with Landis' script for the sequel. The source for this information? Landis' dad, John Landis—yes, that John Landis, director of An American Werewolf in London, The Blues Brothers and many others.

Speaking with The Playlist, the elder Landis said about his son's plight, "He wrote a sequel, 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."

What's not clear at the moment is whether Fox will relent and go with Landis' script, give him another chance to rewrite it, or hire an entirely new person to give it a whack. But with director Josh Trank already unlikely to return because he's working on a Fantastic Four reboot, do we really want to see Chronicle 2 lose both its original director and writer?