Found Footage Sequels: Chronicle and Project X Get Second Installments
03.08.12 by Ryan
The "found footage" style of movie experienced a resurgence in the horror genre after the success of Paranormal Activity, which spawned a multitude of other "found footage" movies, including two Paranormal Activity sequels. It wasn't long before the technique made its way into other genres, including the superhero movie Chronicle and party comedy Project X, both of which, it turns out, are getting sequels as well.
In January, Chronicle director Josh Trank admitted that he had some "ideas that could be expanded on" for a sequel should Fox want it, but admitted last month, "I'm still not sure [about Chronicle 2]... I was nervous this type of movie would be perceived as a gimmick, so I was in denial for awhile about what the potential of the film could be."
For Twentieth Century Fox, the potential seems to be a franchise with Deadline reporting that Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis has been hired to write the sequel. Trank came up with the story of Chronicle, while Landis scripted, or as Trank described it, "filled it out with the heart and soul and muscles." The pair's efforts ended up earning $105 million worldwide on a $15 million budget.
While Trank did not reveal what he had in mind for a sequel to Chronicle, he did say that it would continue in the "found footage" style. "This movie is rooted in that style, so any kind of sequel should go along the same track," he said. "But again, there’s the risk it could be less fresh than the last film."
The "found footage" concept will likely carry over to a Project X sequel as well. Eviscerated by critics, Project X holds a 27% approval rating at review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, with Empire calling it "possibly the worst film of the last 20 years." However, after earning $21 million on its opening weekend (on a $12 million budget), Warner Bros. is ready for another. THR reports that Project X co-screenwriter Michael Bacall (21 Jump Street) has been hired to write a treatment for a sequel, which he reportedly started weeks before the movie opened.
Project X followed three friends (Thomas Mann, Jonathan Brown and Oliver Cooper) who want to raise their social status, so they throw a party that ends up wildly out of control. Whether the trio of actors will return for a sequel is unknown, though all three have sequel options in their contracts.
The plot of the Project X sequel is also under wraps, though we can assume it will involve a party and possibly more debauchery than the original.