Chronicle Max Landis

Writer Max Landis has never failed in being a wellspring of ideas, whether on his rapid-fire Twitter feed or on-camera describing Superman's values. But the most-lobbied amount of hints—and now musings on missed potential—rests with “Chronicle 2,” the sequel to Josh Trank's Landis-penned superhero hit. For some time, rumors flew that 20th Century Fox weren't pleased with the young screenwriter's vision, now leading to the fact that they're moving on without him, but that news hasn't stopped Landis from discussing what could've been.

In a frank and informative explanation divided up on Twitter (and collected by Bleeding Cool), Landis took the opportunity to explain the direction of his “Chronicle 2” script, entitled “Martyr,” but admitted that fans of the first film might not have been “ready or eager for my second installment as originally written.” He wrote of his draft: “Gone was the aspirational 'what would you do,' gone were the pranks and bromance, gone were lovely tragic Andrew and hopeful, bright Steve” (played by Dane DeHaan and Michael B. Jordan, respectively, both deceased by the end of the film).

“In their place was a dark, frustratingly unblinking stare into a complicated world that posed the question is it worth it to be a hero, told from the point of view of a heartbroken and insane woman who would martyr herself to the cause of being the world's first villain,” he continued. A logical guess might place this unhinged woman as the protagonist and heart of the film—creating what Landis says to be “a different genre of movie than the first;” this point, if true, might provide a clue as to Fox's objections about the script's tone and material.

Surprisingly, Landis also envisioned making his found footage superhero universe culminate in an “Avengers-type team up,” and claims “the most frustrating thing is that I don't know if I'll get the opportunity to explain what MOGO was or what he was doing in that cave.” But knowing Landis (who's currently shooting his directorial debut,Me Him Her”) and his rate of output, it's a good bet more details on “Martyr” are forthcoming—even as they're separated from Fox's direction with the would-be franchise.