Close to a decade since the release of found-footage superhero flick Chronicle, a sequel is in the works.
Whispers of a follow-up to the 2012 film have been circling for years, with Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis at one point hired to pen a sequel – although Fox wasn’t happy with the script. Well, now we have official word that not only confirms a sequel is finally on the way, but also reveals a little bit of the plot.
“We’re working on Chronicle 2 right now, and I think it’s going to be great,” producer John Fox, founder and chairman of Davis Entertainment, a company behind Chronicle, said in an interview with Forbes. “We’re working on it at Fox (20th Century Studios). It’s going to give us a chance to tell the story in a different way.”
As for this “different way,” the film will be set a decade after the events of the first film and will this time be focusing on young women. As Fox explained:
“We’re going to tell it from the female point of view. It will have been ten years since the event happened in Seattle, and a lot of it’s going to deal with fake news and real news and cover-ups. More interestingly, it’s the next generation getting these powers that are corruptive. These are young women just finishing college, they are empowered, and this is their journey. I mean, what a new and interesting story you can tell there.”
It’s surprising that it’s taken this long for a sequel to come to life. After all, Chronicle was quite the hit, earning positive reviews and a box office return of over $US126 million from a budget of $US12 million. The film was directed by Josh Trank (Fantastic Four, Capone) and starred Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan and Alex Russell.
“Chronicle was literally the best return on investment, any of my movies ever made,” said Fox, who is also behind new Disney release Jungle Cruise. “Then it had a huge afterlife in syndication. It’s one of the most financially successful movies in my stable.”
No director, screenwriter or cast members have been officially named as of yet. Stay tuned.