Director Josh Trank on the Possibility of a Sequel to Chronicle
01.23.12 by BJSprecher
With the release of his first movie, the "found footage" superhero (supervillain?) movie Chronicle, still more than a week away, up-and-coming director Josh Trank (The Kill Point TV series) is receiving the kind of buzz typically reserved for veteran filmmakers. In fact, rumor has it that executives at Fox are so impressed by Trank's work on Chronicle that the studio is considering giving him the opportunity to make a movie about real superheroes that has a real budget and a built-in cast of recognizable characters as the director of the Fantastic Four reboot. In a recent interview with DenOfGeek!, Trank described the attention he has been receiving for the movie as "a little weird" and discussed the possibility of a sequel to Chronicle.
While Trank did not mention his supposed discussions with Fox about Fantastic Four, he did say that he has "ideas that could be expanded on" for a sequel to Chronicle, should the studio decide to move forward with one. He also said that he has other "original ideas" that he's interested in developing.
To be honest, [the attention is] a little weird because I knew the movie could work, and I knew it could possibly be special. But it was a surprise to me how much people have liked [Chronicle]. I’m working on some original ideas. There are some things I’m thinking about and working on, but nothing’s a deal until it’s signed.
Trank revealed in a previous interview that Chronicle was at least partially inspired by Katsuhiro Otomo's classic manga ("comic book") series Akira. When asked about the Appian Way-produced Akira live-action adaptation in development at Warner Bros., Trank said that it all hinges on director Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown).
It could work, or it could be the worst thing in the world. It’s all on the filmmaker.
Chronicle was written by Max Landis, son of director John Landis (Trading Places, Coming to America). The movie stars Dane DeHaan (Amigo), Michael B. Jordan (Red Tails) and Alex Russell (The Wheeler Boys) as three teens who gain superpowers after coming into contact with a mysterious substance, but use their newfound abilities for their own selfish reasons rather than to help others or to fight crime.