Fox wants more of the same for 'Chronicle 2', while writer pens "evolution"; 'The Sixth Gun' in development at NBC
Chronicle 2, the planned sequel to February’s unexpected hit, has hit a snag at 20th Century Fox. Or Max Landis, who wrote the original and is handling the sequel as well, has hit a snag. According to his father, director John Landis, Fox wants the same film again, while the younger Landis has written the next chapter. Speaking with The Playlist, the elder Landis said about his son’s plight, “He wrote a sequel, and it’s amazing, and the studio read it and said, ‘We want Chronicle again!’ And he said, ‘No, this is the sequel, it’s the evolution, and they said ‘No, we want that movie again!’ So it’s difficult, we’re dealing with a difficult business.” Yes, it’s a business that is afraid of risk, afraid of taking chances –hence their love of sequels and reboots. Still, Chronicle cost $12 million and grossed $127 million and that’s something Fox understands. But the question is will they let Landis try again with another script, or will Chronicle 2 lose its original writer as well as director Josh Trank, who has already moved onto the Fantastic Four reboot?
NBC has put in development a drama series based on the Cullen Dunn graphic novel The Sixth Gun. Former Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse will executive produce the property, which will be written by Ryan Condal. During the darkest days of the Civil War, wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. In time the Sixth Gun, the most dangerous of the weapons, vanished. When the gun surfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, dark forces reawaken. Vile men thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing the girl. Only Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a shadowy past, stands in their way.