News – 2012’s “Chronicle” and “Project X” Sequels on the Way

By Delon Villanueva

After the success of the February release superhero flick Chronicle that grossed over $100 million worldwide on a $12 million budget, its screenwriter, Max Landis, has been approached by 20th Century Fox to write a sequel. The original Chronicle, directed by Josh Trank, told the coming-of-age high school story about a jock, an outcast, and his cousin who obtain superpowers, but are unprepared for what they are capable of when the outcast, played by Dane DeHaan, enters a dark point in his teenage life. Alex Russell plays his cousin, as Michael B. Jordan plays the popular jock of their school. The film was met with very positive reviews.

Chronicle also joins found footage film, Project X, in the sequel process. High school raunch-fest Project X was just released over the weekend, grossing $21 million, already making up its $12 million budget. Warner Bros. has asked the original’s screenwriters, Michael Bacall and Matt Drake, to write a treatment to seek approval from producers Todd Phillips and Joel Silver. Project X, directed by Nima Nourizadeh, tells the story of three teenagers who throw a birthday party gone wild, causing a commotion with the neighbors and the authorities. The trio consists of actor Thomas Mann, and newcomers Oliver Cooper and Jonathan Brown. The movie was panned by critics, but praised by its target audience, as it continues to be the most trending movie topic on Twitter since its release.

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