If you weren’t already aware, director John Landis (Animal House, Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London) is Max Landis’ dad. So I’m not going to claim it’s entirely surprising that he thinks Max’s script is awesome, even though Max has said in the past that his dad doesn’t automatically think everything he writes is great.
But when John Landis was at the AMPAS (Academy) screening of An American Werewolf in London yesterday evening (paired with the original Universal monster film The Wolfman, which, btw, is my number one favorite Universal Monster movie – followed by The Creature of the Black Lagoon, obvs), he had a lot to say about the difficulty of getting movies made without a lot of insane/inane studio interference, and compared the luck he’s been having on his Paris-set monster movie to Max’s work on Chronicle 2.
So at last, we have *in some form* a bit of non-Max response to the script and an inside look on the development process for it.
Landis even went as far as to compare his plight with his son Max Landis, who is currently working on several gestating projects after his hit superhero flick “Chronicle” earlier this year. One of those project is “Chronicle 2” for Fox, which Landis says, “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.’
So on the one hand, I’m inclined to believe John Landis on Chronicle 2 being amazing based on what Max’s said about it previously, and the fact that he references the evolution of the story in the sequel. Very cool.
On the other hand, the studio appears to think that we just want the same movie over again, which is LAME!! So I’m going to think of some ways to demonstrate how much fans are invested in seeing new and bizarro evolutions out of Max Landis’ mind. If you have an idea, email me.
Read the whole article here onThe Playlist.
Update: Max responds to his dad’s quote.