Starring Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, and Alex Russell, Chronicle put filmmaker Josh Trank on the map, and it looked like he had the pick of any project he wanted for a time. He would ultimately choose Fantastic Four, a movie plagued by behind the scenes creative clashes which put the director in “Hollywood Jail” ahead of his comeback with Capone starring Tom Hardy.
It looked like a Chronicle 2 was going to happen with or without Trank, and Max Landis – who has since been accused of emotional and sexual abuse by eight women – penned a screenplay, which Polygon reports would have revolved around a young girl obsessed with Matt (Russell) who builds an Iron Man-style suit so she too could have superpowers.
However, as the follow-up started to come together, Trank did all he could to stop it becoming a reality.
After describing the story as “fine,” but having “nothing to do with why I wanted to do” the first instalment, he added: “I made it difficult for them to set up meetings. I was dodgy about stuff. I did a lot of shitty things. Because I really didn’t ever want to see Chronicle 2 happen.”
“That was my worst nightmare,” the filmmaker continued. “First of all, I’m not doing it. Second, if somebody else does it, then you know it’s gonna be a piece of shit.”
It’s easy enough to see why Trank was so protective of Chronicle, and it is probably for the best that this sequel didn’t happen. Now, so much time has passed, it’s unlikely we’ll ever see it become a reality, and everything that’s happening with Landis closes the door on his screenplay being used anyway.