Interviews

SFX 6/8/2013

Magic exists in our culture as an extension of human emotion. The devil, aliens, all of these things, in the way they exist in our culture, are essentially evocations of human feelings, fear, anger, the other. Angels represent love. ET represented love. The Force, the idea that there’s a bigger picture, and that fact when I go outside today and I take a walk in my neighbourhood in Korea Town I’m not going to see anything real that directly evokes human emotion and the nature of imagination. Only art can do this, and when you talk about art you’re talking about the human art of expression and the human style of expression and our method of expression.

Lady Gunn 6/3/2012

“Little Boy Thirty,” Landis says with a gleeful smile. “Is a 30-day period where I achieve several little boy dreams. It began Friday when I attended a Star Trek/Star Wars Jell-O wrestling match. Then I’m writing the sequel to CHRONICLE. Then I’m going to Orlando with my best friend Brad.” It should be noted here that Landis describes Brad as “this very good human.” He and the Good Human are spending three days in Disneyworld, “just having man time.”

Sassquach 5/22/2012

“I wrote my first script at fifteen…shortly after I lost my virginity. I wrote my first script about a battlefield. It didn’t have much dialogue, but it was a guy who gets lost on this other planet after losing the big battle. He’s just wandering around looking at dead aliens. 160 pages. Not a very realistic first draft.”

Den of Geek 5/22/2012

“The mouse has me on lockdown. The answers you seek can’t be found in Today. But they can be found in Tomorrow.”

Note: this is literally the easiest riddle in the history of riddles.

Media Mikes 5/15/2012

“Chronicle” was actually my 58th feature script. I started writing when I was 16 and I am up to 68 scripts right now, “Chronicle” was 10 scripts ago. So, lucky number 58.”

Uth Mag 4/29/2012

“The book that made the biggest impact on me, cornily enough, was Treasure Island, because of Long John Silver. I just thought he was the best character. I didn’t know – from page to page, I had no idea what his game was, and that was so exciting. And then I got into Stephen King, of course before that, I was reading Animorphs and Goosebumps. And then from novels, I arguably devolved into comic books. I got into Spiderman – first I got into Uncanny X-men, X-men normal, and then Extreme X-men. I was reading Age of Apocalypse, Trial of Gambit… and of course, you start at Marvel – when I was a child, I spoke as a child – and then you become an adult and you go to DC.”

Me Movies Part 2 4/25/2012

“I was a very sort of weird, outcast kid, but very different from Andrew, cause Andrew isn’t a dick. I was sort of a dick kid. You know what the truth is? Those three kids are like my sons…. They’re not me, they’re not pieces of me, but they are pieces of who I’d like to be.”

Me Movies Part 1 4/25/2012

I’m just sort of this very hyper guy, and everyone’s like ‘you don’t write comedies?'”

Youth Arabia 4/21/2012

“I have nine projects right now. So I plan to work on all of them next.”

Reddit AMA 2/6/2012

“I give a HUGE shit about Superman. Epic shit. Otherwise I wouldn’t have spent the time to make a movie about him.”

WGA 2/3/2012

“The moment Andrew puts on that fireman’s mask, he’s a super villain! It’s me telling jokes on the tropes of superheroes. That brings it back to the deconstructionist idea that is at the center, which is “What would this really look like?””

Comic Book Movie 1/9/2012

“We’ve sort of forgotten in this slew of comic-based superhero movies that what made those characters iconic is not the giant set pieces or the action that happens in comics. All of those movies feel like the same film by the second act; they all blur together.”

Slashfilm 9/16/2011

“I began to pick apart our knowledge of Frankenstein and discovered that the public’s idea of this myth comes from a million different places…I became committed to recontextualizing it all so it all worked in one story. By the end of the day, yeah it’s a period piece, yes it’s from Igor’s perspective, but man it’s cool….it’s the best thing I’ve written.”

Twitchfilm 3/6/2010

“It would get to the point that I’d have like ten or fifteen people just in a circle at school listening to me bullshit, and it very slowly dawned on me that if I PRESENTED THESE STORIES AS FICTION, though they’d lack a certain element of interest, they’d be much less likely to bite me in the ass later, and I could probably still get about five of my listeners to pay attention.”

The Miami Hurricane 10/5/2008

“I think the little things I do to amuse myself people take up as, if not cool, then weird in a way that doesn’t make them too uncomfortable and if it does then maybe they like it.”

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