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One of the bigger surprises already this year, Josh Trank's 'Chronicle' absolutely soared at the box office. The story of three teens who are suddenly endowed with superpowers and document the entire evolution of their extraordinary skills has already made over $100 million worldwide; not bad considering its $12 million budget. The studio, unable to ignore this kind of success, has tasked 'Chronicle' writer Max Landis, the son of legendary film director John Landis, to pen a sequel. The details are incredibly sketchy but it looks as if Fox definitely wants a followup to this year's found footage superhero epic.
I have conflicting feelings about this story. On the one hand, if there was no getting around their making a 'Chronicle' sequel, which I suppose I should have guessed from its financial success, I'm glad they are at least bringing Landis back to write the script. However, and I will not spoil anything for those who haven't seen 'Chronicle,' I don't see how they would continue the story they set up in the first film. My guess is they would have to start fresh with three new characters and basically follow the same road all over again. This puts them in danger of being overly repetitive, a la 'The Hangover Part II.' Although I have to admit I would love to see a group of new kids who each get separate powers instead of all of them being telekinetic. It would be like a found footage Fantastic Four.
See, and that's the other thing, will the sequel be found footage? 'Chronicle' got a lot of mileage out of that tired gimmick by taking chances with it and being innovative. If they decide to remain with the found footage angle, which I'm not sure why they wouldn't, they're going to have to reaffirm this commitment to thinking outside the subgenre box otherwise the sequel could get lost in the ever-increasing list of found footage movies on the horizon. Hell, even 'Project X' is getting a sequel. The other thing I really need to know before I can adopt excitement or dread toward this announcement is whether Trank will be returning to direct. However, if Trank lands the Venom gig he's vying for, that may preclude his return.
What do you guys think? Could a 'Chronicle' sequel work? Please, no spoilers in the comment section.