John Landis has started a war of words with 20th Century Fox, after revealing that the studio aren't happy with son Max Landis' first script for upcoming sci-fi sequel, Chronicle 2 .
Landis Jr. was responsible for penning the original film that performed so admirably with critics and punters alike, but according to his old man, there has been some butting of heads over the direction for round two.
“[ Max ] wrote a sequel, and it’s amazing, and the studio read it and said, ‘We want Chronicle again!’" says Landis Sr. "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."
All of which sounds entirely plausible, although just how helpful it will be to take the argument public remains to be seen. We're all for fatherly support, but Fox probably won't be thrilled to hear Landis' comments on the matter.
Hopefully, Landis Jr. will be allowed to take the series in the direction he thinks best. There are already rumours that director Josh Trank won't be returning for Part Two, so we'd at least like to see some of the creative DNA behind the first movie on show. Come on boys, everybody play nicely...