It's rare that when news of a high-profile comic book movie casting comes along, like Dane DeHaan joining the "Amazing Spider-Man" sequel, that we can find strong evidence that the actor can convincingly live in the world of superheroes. Luckily in the case of DeHaan we have one of this year's biggest surprises, the found footage superhero flick "Chronicle."
DeHaan's portrayal of Andrew, a troubled kid who gets more power than he ever could have imagined, makes the perfect case for his new role as Harry Osborn, and here's why.
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Mum's the word on "Chronicle 2," and the reason for that might be because screenwriter Max Landis has been busy bringing "superheroes" to the small screen.
Landis is teaming up with "24" and "Homeland" mastermind Howard Gordon for a new Fox project called "Vigilant," described as a "'superhero' origin story told through the unlikely point of view of a smart 20-year-old woman who happens to be a social outcast." The character develops a vigilante persona to battle criminal activity inside of a police department and city when her father, a detective, is coerced into working for the corrupt.
When director Josh Trank needed to convince studio heads that his crazy idea, a found footage superhero flick, could conceivably work, he created a test reel to put his money where his mouth is.
That effects test is included in the newly released Blu-ray and DVD for "Chronicle," but we have an exclusive commentary from Trank himself about the making of the footage.
Making a movie about kids with superpowers on a budget of $12 million is no easy feat, especially when you're trying to make sure your effects look convincing. But that's exactly what director Josh Trank managed to do when he put together this year's surprise hit, "Chronicle."
One of the biggest surprises in "Chronicle" was how convincing the special effects looked. A new behind-the-scenes video -- courtesy of The Daily -- shows how the special effects team managed to make the flying look so realistic with the help of the visual effects company Rhythm & Hues. Turns out that the biggest problem the team had was trying to make main characters Andrew, Matt and Steve look as realistic as possible while soaring through the air.
Ever since Josh Trank's debut film "Chronicle" burst onto the scene earlier this year and surprised everyone with its low budget, superpowered awesomeness, it seems like he has been rumored to be attached to every big comic book property that studios want to get off the ground. First there was "Fantastic Four" and then there was "Venom," but now it seems like Trank has finally been nailed down for one project.
Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros has signed Trank to develop an adaptation of the graphic novel "The Red Star." Jason Rothenberg, another up-and-comer who just wrote the screenplay for "The Twilight Zone," will pen the script.
When you make $105 million and counting worldwide on a shoestring budget of $12 million, someone's going to take notice. Such is the case with "Chronicle," which now officially has a sequel in development.
Deadline reports that Max Landis, who wrote the first "Chronicle" and is the man responsible for the "Death and Return of Superman" short that hit the web last month, has been set to start writing "Chronicle 2" for Fox. The move isn't surprising considering, well, everything I just said a second ago. But there are a lot of questions circling the project, some of which include spoilers. Join us after the jump at your own risk.
Well, it's not "Fantastic Four," but it might do.
"Chronicle" director Josh Trank is very likely about to take on another super-powered tale, albeit of a very different size and shape: according to The Los Angeles Times, he's in negotiations with Sony Pictures to tackle a big-screen take on Venom, the tongue-lashing spaceborne nemesis of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Now that "Chronicle" has shown its real super powers at the box office, it's time to turn our attention toward the questions that we are left wondering about at the end of the film and whether or not a sequel could be in the works.
There are a lot of questions still swirling in our heads following the film's ending. For example, what the heck happens next? What goes down in the aftermath of that third act?
No spoilers here, but the three lead actors -- Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan -- spoke with MTV News and gave their thoughts on the future of "Chronicle."
Hey, remember back in 1992 when the marketing wizards of DC came up with the brilliant idea to kill off Superman? Remember how it was super confusing to anyone who even remotely understood the basic constructs of Superman's mythos, and how it irrevocably marred the franchise forever? Yeah, that was an awesome idea.
Max Landis, whose new found-footage superhero film "Chronicle" appears in theaters this weekend, has a few opinions about the Man of Steel's demise – and subsequently inexplainable return – in his short film, "The Death and Return of Superman."