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'Chronicle' Director Josh Trank Talks Found Footage, 'Fantastic Four' and More

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Feb 02, 2012 | 6:54am EST

In his new sci-fi thriller Chronicle, first-time feature director Josh Trank explores just what might occur if your average impulsive, judgment-impaired teenager were to somehow attain superpowers – specifically, powers of telekinesis that would make Yoda envious. Anyone who knows a teenager – or who has been one, for that matter – knows that their immediate inclination would not be to enroll in Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. They would likely pursue significantly less noble endeavors, as Chronicle's trio of enhanced high-schoolers (played by Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, and Michael B. Jordan) ably demonstrate.

Shot in a found-footage style that seems entirely appropriate for its subject matter, Chronicle, which Trank conceived with his high-school pal Max Landis (John’s screenwriter son) is a novel take on the superhero origin story – and a surprisingly dark one at that. It’s garnering loads of buzz – most notably among the executives at Fox, who’ve reportedly pegged Trank as the frontrunner to helm the studio’s planned Fantastic Four reboot. I spoke with Trank recently via Skype about Chronicle, its future as a franchise, and those Fantastic Four rumors currently swirling around him:

Chronicle opens everywhere tomorrow, February 3, 2012.

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