Chronicle 2 is back in the works

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Almost a decade later, it looks like the low-budget, found-footage superhero film Chronicle is getting a sequel of sorts.

Released in 2012, Chronicle was a success by anybody’s standards. The low-budget take on teens with superpowers was a fascinating film and pushed the careers of everybody involved to much higher levels. From director Josh Trank, writer Max Landis, to stars, Michael B Jordan, Alex Russell and Dane DeHaan, the film’s overwhelming critical and commercial success, (it made its $12m budget back tenfold in its theatrical run alone) was good for everybody’s career

Although not everybody involved with the original Chronicle was able to maintain that success, with Landis in particular finding himself accused of questionable behaviour, the film itself was an unqualified success. Now it seems 20th Century Studios is looking to leverage Chronicle's popularity and relaunch the film as a sort of soft reboot, presumably without any of the original’s creatives or characters.

Producer John Davies revealed this interesting nugget whilst promoting his latest venture Jungle Cruise, saying “we’re working on Chronicle 2 right now, and I think it’s going to be great. We’re working on it at Fox. It’s going to give us a chance to tell the story in a different way. 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.”

We’re certainly up for more Chronicle, even if the found-footage genre has come and gone and superhero movies are far more common than they were a decade ago. It’s unlikely that Landis or Trank are involved in the project, so it will be interesting to see what new creatives can bring to the story.

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