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Max Landis Shares 1920s Set Opening Pitch For 'Ghostbusters 3' But Denies Recent Reports He's Writing It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2014 12:43 PM
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For a movie that still has no director, no release date and seems to be forever spinning its wheels, despite tentative plans to shoot next year, there's surely been a lot written about "Ghostbusters 3." Either people are genuinely interested or they like a good story about development hell, but once again, more rumors were thrown into the pile this week. Nikki Finke reported, then quickly deleted, a story Max Landis ("Chronicle") was going to be involved in a writing capacity on the movie, something Landis quickly took to Twitter to deny in a series of tweets (collected by Slashfilm). But it's not like he doesn't have any ideas.

'Adventureland' Duo Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart Reteam For Action Comedy 'American Ultra'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2013 3:38 PM
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Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart Adventureland
It seems like an eon ago but circa 2009, Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart were at very different points in their career. The former had yet to find a role as notable as his turn in 2005's "The Squid And The Whale" while the latter had already banked one "Twilight" movie but was still eager to flex her acting chops. They both came together for Greg Mottola's nostalgic, likeable, coming-of-age movie "Adventureland", which promptly helped them step up into bigger gigs. But now Eisenberg and Stewart's stars are aligning again, for something just a little big different.

Max Landis Says 'Chronicle 2' Would Have Been Called 'Martyr,' Spills Plot Details

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 12, 2013 12:31 PM
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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.

Dad Was Right: 'Chronicle 2' Moving On Without Writer Max Landis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2013 10:17 AM
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Parents just don't understand... or wait, maybe they totally, really do. Last fall, Papa John Landis revealed that all was not well between Fox and his son/screenwriter/director Max Landis. The kid was working on a script for the sequel to the surprise smash hit "Chronicle," but apparently suits at the studio didn't dig it. “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," Dad Landis said in October. But this spring, Max Landis was all, "My father is not involved in 'Chronicle 2.' It was not his place to say that." Turns out Dad might have seen the writing on the wall a long, long time ago.

Watch: Max Landis Criticizes Carnage In 'Man Of Steel,' Compares Movie To 'Transformers 3' & 'Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2013 8:58 AM
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While "Man Of Steel" will unquestionably be a financially successful reboot of the Superman franchise -- in ten days it has passed the $200 million domestic take of "Superman Returns" -- opinions are still split among critics, general audiences and fanboys as to whether or not the superhero was done justice. We weighed in extensively with our Best & Worst Of 'Man of Steel', and one of the criticisms we had came in regard to the punch-fest/9-11 evoking showdown which pretty much found Superman and General Zod leveling an entire city. And another voice is joining the chorus -- which includes "Superman: Birthright" writer Mark Waid -- of those who had issues with this modern retooling of Supes, and the carnage he allowed happen before saving the day.

Oh Dad, You Don't Know Nuthin! Max Landis Says 'Chronicle 2' Not Troubled; Still In Development

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 9, 2013 6:53 PM
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Max Landis
You've got to love the teenager who puts his out-of-touch dad on blast. OK, that's not exactly the deal, but it's what this story comically reminds us of. It starts with Dad, venerable '80s filmmaker John Landis ("The Blues Brothers," "Trading Places," Michael Jackson's iconic "Thriller" video), saying that his son, Max Landis' sequel project, "Chronicle 2," is somewhat troubled. And it started on The Playlist.

'Chronicle' Writer Max Landis To Make Directorial Debut With 'Me Him Her'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • November 6, 2012 11:37 AM
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Max Landis is one of the most promising rising stars in Hollywood right now, and thankfully that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the 27 year-old trading on his father’s name. Landis got himself a whole heap of positive attention thanks to his brilliant script for this year’s “Chronicle,” and he also has a lot of promising writing projects in the works. There’s “Chronicle 2” (although John Landis has said that Fox aren’t entirely happy with the direction his son has taken the sequel), the superhero TV series “Vigilant,” a Frankenstein project with Paul McGuigan attached to direct and the mysterious “Amnesty” with Ron Howard to name just a few. So what’s next for Landis? Well, directing, naturally.

John Landis Says Fox Doesn't Love Max Landis' 'Chronicle 2' Script, His Paris-Set Monster Movie Is Dead For Now & Talks Hardships Of 'American Werewolf'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 10, 2012 4:16 PM
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While much has been said about Universal Studios not having a standout year at the box office, or at least one befitting of the landmark studio's 100th Anniversary this year, you’d barely be able to tell by the rate at which they’re celebrating. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has played a large part in this celebration, running a repertory screening series entitled “Universal’s Legacy of Horror,” which kicked off last week in Los Angeles with a Guillermo Del Toro hosted double bill of “Bride of Frankenstein” and the Bela Lugosi-starring “Dracula.” Last night AMPAS played the classic 1941 tale “The Wolfman” with Lon Chaney, along with the most recent film playing in the series – “Animal House” writer-director John Landis’ “An American Werewolf in London.”

Vertigo Comic 'Midnight, Mass.' Heads To NBC & Fox Picks Up Max Landis Superhero Series 'Vigilant'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 20, 2012 9:43 AM
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As we mentioned yesterday, superheroes and comics on the small screen are only going to keeping coming, and NBC and Fox both have projects in the works hoping to get geeks to tune in each week.

Max Landis Talks 'Chronicle 2': Says Josh Trank Unlikely To Direct, Matt Will Return

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2012 6:33 PM
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It would seem with the glut of superhero movies it's becoming increasingly challenging to tell the story of someone possessing great powers and learning how to deal with them in a fresh and original way, but writer Max Landis and director Josh Trank did just that with "Chronicle." The duo imbued the familiar story of teenagers acquiring some extraordinary skills and pitched it against the pain of adolescene with stakes that weren't rooted in some kind of grand plot against the world (indeed, there was no real villain) but instead in the emotional turmoil of the characters. And thrown against some incredibly exciting set pieces, it was definitely one of the most fun times we've had at the movies so far this year.

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