In just a few short weeks, a new superhero film emerges from 20th Century Fox: ‘Chronicle.’ In the currently popular styling of a documentary, the film focuses on three friends (played by Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, Alex Russell) who develop superpowers. What starts as a game takes a far more sinister turn as the powers grab hold.
At the helm of the film is novice director, Josh Trank. Fox is said to be extremely high on him and his film, so much so that Showblitz reports that he is a top contender to bring the ‘Fantastic Four’ to a new generation — or at least a slightly aged one. The studio’s taking it easy, though, waiting to see how ‘Chronicle’ performs at the box office and presumably what its critical reception is before pulling the trigger on setting Trank on the new film.
Despite rubbing most critics the wrong way, 2005′s ‘Fantastic Four’ and to a lesser extent its 2007 sequel, ‘Rise of the Silver Surfer’ performed well at the box office. The gimmick these days is to take superheroes as dead serious as religion. The two aforementioned films came out in a time when the genre was teetering between “hokey” and “serious.” With the depiction of the Thing, (Michael Chiklis) it’s easy to see which end the film’s favored.
So, right now, this news is kind of exciting, but ‘Chronicle’ is only at the “cool trailer” stage. Once its February 3 release comes and goes, you can get a better feel for whether or not Trank would be a good choice for the position.
For now, what do you think?