Max Landis Says He Was “Fired” From ‘Power Rangers’

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Chronicle and American Ultra writer, Max Landis, is known for his rather explosive behaviour on social media such as Twitter. Son of famed director, John Landis, Max is a figure who nerds either love or downright despise. A couple of months ago the writer was rumoured to be involved in Lionsgate’s upcoming reboot of Power Rangers, which of course dropped it’s first trailer last night. One of the trailer’s major compliments were the references to 1980s films such as The Breakfast Club as well as a visual homage to Landis’ Chronicle.

Earlier today, in a move somewhat reflective of what Josh Trank did last year with his Fantastic Four tweet, Landis revealed his distance from the finished product of Power Rangers.

The writer revealed:

This was in response to a question one of his followers asked him:

Incredibly interesting stuff. Landis continued discussing the film on his Twitter, stating that none of what he wrote made it into the final product.

So, from the tweets above, I guess one thing is really clear; Landis is not a fan. Now, the writer has been extremely negative when it comes to blockbusters in recent memory. One of his most infamous rants tackled Daisy Ridley’s Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and how he believed she was a “Mary Sue.”

But that aside, what do you guys think of his statements? As someone who is not particularly fond of his work (besides Chronicle), I think it is another prime example of someone just complaining. Interestingly, the writer refuses to admit why he was fired, maybe his controversial tweets got him in that situation.

Power Rangers hits theatres everywhere on March 24, 2017.

Source: Twitter

Roby D'Ottavi

Roby D'Ottavi

Just a young writer hoping to become an old writer. From the land Down Under; no, I don't know Jai Courtney.

  • Rob

    Is there a movie that Max Landis didn’t write a script or treatment for and subsequently get fired? If you take out all the TV shows, shorts, and documentaries off his IMDB resume, he has had six movies scripts produced (Chronicle being the only one that was well received or a box office success). Yet, he claims he has been fired by dozens of movies after writing awesome scripts or treatments that were rejected.

    I think if I was that guy, I would shut up about this stuff. He is just promoting how much of a failure he is and how he cannot even successful trade on his father’s name.

    • Matt

      Except he was actually attached to this one and wrote a full script for it. Additionally, his story about his pitch for Ghostbusters also lines up with what was leaked in the Sony Hack.

      Not a defense of his quality, but not every screenwriter’s career is full of hit after hit after hit. If a screenwriter is lucky to sell one script, it’s even more unlikely they sell two. And if they make it to screen exactly as it was written, is astronomical. The fact that he is “second generation Hollywood” of two very prominent and successful parents and is just now gaining traction should at least be taken into account.

      • SAMURAI36

        Not that you’re wrong, but I’d throw “unprofessional, spoiled, & entitled” to the list of astronomical qualities from screenwriters (ones that he possesses, but most other screenwriters don’t).

    • Darthmanwe

      If you knew how Hollywood script and writing machine goes, you’d know Landis is a superbly successful outlier in which the ratio to written project on screen is.

      An average writer usually goes up to 70-80 scripts before even getting work as a staff writer in a tv show.

  • In Brightest Day

    The standards for “breaking the Internet” have never been lower.

    • SAMURAI36

      Yeah, I’m trying to figure out where the writer got that from.

  • Carl

    I loved Chronicle and American Ultra is surprisingly good. Landis is crazy though so I’m not sure if it’s his writing that gets him fired or maybe just his demeanor.

    • SAMURAI36

      This is one of the precious few times where I absolutely agree with you. Mark it on the calendar.

      • Carl

        Nice. I’ve seen a few other likes from you.

        So, did you like Arrow this week? I enjoyed it. I’m surprised at how good the setup was for this season.

        • SAMURAI36

          Yeah, I loved it. I actually liked more than the premier of Flash, which was really good also.

          However, I find myself enjoying the Fox DCTV shows (Gotham and Lucifer) just a bit more at the moment. I’m loving Gotham’s metahumans, and Lucifer’s story is aweome.

          But I’m sure that will change once Supergirl and Legends premier this week. Truth be told, every week I have a different favorite show, between all the DCTV shows.

          • Carl

            Really? Gotham and Lucifer? I tried watching Gotham, after most of the 1st season, it wasn’t for me. I heard it’s gotten better but it’s not really a superhero show to me. Never watched Lucifer but heard good things.

            I’ve got Agents of Shield as my number 2 show behind Flash right now. Luke Cage was pretty good too. Great setup and characters but some flawed dialogue at times and weak police procedural elements. Have you seen it?

            I’m definitely excited for Supergirl and Legends. They should be good. Oh Westworld was great. Not comic related but an awesome show. Feels like it could have been a great comic.

          • SAMURAI36

            Westworld was phenomenal, even though I came in on it half way thru. I forgot to set my DVR, but I won’t make that mistake again. It definitely deserves all the accolades it’s gotten thus far.

            You should definitely be watching Gotham and Lucifer. As far as Gotham goes, it’s true that it’s not a superhero show, but seeing the metahuman aspect of Gotham play out the way it has, along with the historical aspects as well.

            Lucifer fills the void Constantine left pretty nicely. If Constantine were to ever show up on the show, it would be like picking up where he left off. And the fight scenes on Lucifer are sometimes better than what we’ve seen on other DCTV shows, if you can believe that.

            I have zero interest in Luke Cage. I don’t have Netflix, and I’m not about to sign up for it, just to watch that.

          • Carl

            I didn’t realize that Lucifer had fight scenes at all. I might check that out sometime but I have enough shows to watch. Definitely and embarrassment of riches if you are a comic book fan today.

            Talking about great fight scenes, Daredevil has amazing ones. I know you don’t like Marvel at all, still not sure why, but that show is worth checking out Netflix for. I’m sure they have a free trial. Jessica Jones was amazing as well.

            One last thing, while we are being civil. Back to the topic of Landis, have you read his Superman comic, American Alien? I wanted to check that out.

          • SAMURAI36

            Lucifer doesn’t have fight scenes very often, but when he and his brother beat up the bad guys, it’s cool to watch, even funny.

            Once again, ZERO interest in the Marvel shows.

            Yeah, I read Landis’s Superman book. Nothing whatsoever to write home about. He’d also gotten fired from DC shortly thereafter, because he badmouthed them while he was doing the AA book.

            The best thing from me from Landis, is Chronicle. If he fell off the earth, creatively speaking, he wouldn’t be missed by me.

          • Carl

            Can you explain your ZERO interest? I don’t understand why someone who loves all these DC comics could totally ignore a whole huge universe of great and diverse characters and genres that’s just like what you love.

          • SAMURAI36

            Dude, is this really the path you wanna take in this convo? Can’t leave well enough alone, can you? Even you yourself stated that things were civil. Not sure why you like poking the angry bear.

            I’ve already explained, numerous times, my dislike for Marvel. Not sure why you have such a selective memory. You don’t have to like my reasons, but they are mine, and nothing you’ve said thus far is going to change them.

            So much for the civil convo, huh? Oh well, I knew from the onset that that wouldn’t last long.

          • Carl

            Hey. I remained civil. Just trying to understand your logic. You are the one that used all caps on a key word.

          • SAMURAI36

            I used caps, because you kept trying to pester me about the Marvel stuff. If you’d actually read my first response, I merely said “zero” (lowers). But you kept bringing it up, knowing that it would trigger a negative response.

            I’d already told you before in another discussion how I felt about Luke Cage. You could’ve kept the discussion on something we mutually agreed with, which was DC, but as I said, you were looking to poke the angry bear.

            This is precisely why I don’t take you seriously.

          • Carl

            And no one takes you seriously because you hate Marvel for no reason. In fact I bet you have hated it for so long that you don’t even know why anymore and are too embarrassed to go back on your rampant hatred of Marvel.

          • SAMURAI36

            Man, you really sound stupid. Try reading sometime. Idiot.

          • Carl

            Back to BIM status. Didn’t take you long. You are irredeemable.

          • SAMURAI36

            Shoo fly, shoo.

            Instead of trying to get under my skin, maybe you should be crying about how Marvel’s overpriced toilet paper (Comics) continue to sink further and further in the toilet (pun intended).

            http://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/10/10/bleeding-cool-bestseller-list-10th-october-2016-batman-yes-champions-no/

          • Matias Gagliardone

            Hey I want to know too, I mean I respect your opinion about DC most of the time and I want to know why you hate Marvel so much

          • SAMURAI36

            Okay, fair enough. I don’t think I’ve ever talked with you about it (but I have more than once with Carl, and he’s just pretending like he doesn’t know), so I don’t mind sharing a succinct version of my reasoning. My issues with Marvel are the following, and they span the comics, the movies, and the company itself.

            Marvel Heroes are not true heroes.

            Call me old fashioned, but I am a purist when it comes to who and what a superhero is, and is supposed to be. I don’t like gray areas when it comes to heroes, and the vast majority of Marvel’s “heroes”, IMO, don’t deserve that title. Most of them work for or with the govt, in some capacity or another. Thus, they do what they do, because they are told or ordered to do it. This is a direct contravention of the very core of what it means to be a hero, which is selfless, intrinsic motivation.

            IMO, Marvel possesses one TRUE hero, and that’s Spidey.

            Contrast this to DC, where we don’t have to question the heroes of the DCU. Nobody works for the gov’t, especially when it’s pretty much implied that the gov’t does not have Superheroes’ best interest in mind. Moreover, the only people who work for/with the gov’t in DC, are villains.

            The Sliding Scale of Ethics and Morality in the Marvel Universe

            In addition to the above, the so-called “heroes” in Marvel spend more time acting like villains than they do heroes. Over the past 2 decades, Marvel “heroes” have been fighting, plotting against, spying on, and killing each other, in one constant “event” after another, all to further their collective, and/or singular agendas. This is something I have ZERO interest in.

            From Avengers Disassembled, all the way up to the upcoming Inhumans vs X-Men, all major storylines have been centered around one petty “heroic” squabble after another. And in the midst of this, these characters cause more of the problems that they are supposed to solving. Ultimately, they ARE the villains of their universe, especially since their actual villains are completely inept (more on that later).

            Contrast this with DC… There are little to no gray areas for the DCU. True, we have the occasional anti-hero, such as Deathstroke, or Black Adam, but by and large, heroes are heroes, and villains are villains. If a hero acts out of character, it’s because they usually were possessed, or otherwise out of their minds.

            Centralized Aspect of the Marvel Universe

            Even though I’m from NYC, I’ve always realized (especially with being a first generation immigrant myself) that the world was much bigger than NY. However, with the Marvel Universe, you’d never know it, with how they have lumped over 200 “heroes” in NYC, which makes ZERO sense from a tactical perspective. Especially when you consider the fact that, as I stated earlier, many of these “heroes” work for/with the gov’t or military.

            All a “villain” with half a brain has to do, is nuke NYC, and the world would be rid of 90% of their “heroes”. Especially when they have these massive monuments erected all over the city (X-Mansion, Baxter Building, Stark Building, Avengers building), which makes them a ridiculous target.

            Contrast this with DC, where most of the heroes are spread out not only around the country, but all over the world. I like the idea that each hero is rather the “sheriff” of his/her own town, and they only call in other “sheriffs” to form the Magnificent Seven, if/when they need help. And they never make themselves a target, wherein they would incur collateral damage. Batman lives away from Gotham; Superman in the fortress, etc.

            Pointless Villains.

            DC taught us, that a hero is only as good as the villain he faces. Yet, with the exception of Spidey’s (who seems to be the exception for a lot, as it pertains to Marvel), Doc Doom, most of the villains in Marvel are worthless. When they are not jumping on and off the redemption train (sometimes they are villains, other times they join the side of the “angels”, like half of the X-Men), they are in one endless cycle of incompetence. And that’s even if they get used at all; most of the time, the biggest villains in Marvel, are the “heroes”.

            Here is an example of the stupidity of Marvel’s villains, with their biggest bad of all:
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/16b38f8cd893b8a3bc81681ec30ff66a9f4dfdbaf24b6ba7a8cbe7b31ab7f451.jpg

            We see Thanos, who is supposed to be the “Mad Titan” flying around in a dumb helicopter. He’s got the cosmic cube, and this is all he could come up with?? And not even a slick, Apache-style chopper, but something dumb that we would see Yogi Bear or some other idiot flying around in. And who wrote his name on it? Wow, what a goober.

            And then to make matters worse, he has Spidey and Hellcat to stop him?

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/63681d14b966d63ad8c7e04b639f7ca951fe37fa0036be1e56962b7c4b0418ef.jpg

            “Cheese and Crackers” indeed (what’s with Marvel’s dumb catch phrases, anyway? If I hear “Sweet Christmas” one more time…).
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f228f7d7fa35d29f0c9cbc075b8a32ed63ba188df80abda9e8b0a00d5b55c9bf.jpg

            And Thanos is so goofy, that he just…. Drops the cube???This is supposed to be the biggest badass in the MU???

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eca13040c28a50c87f1b32aff1ac663bf78b2de82589df39baa4e71ebd6d99cc.jpg

            So wait… He’s getting carted off by a couple of gumshoes?? To get sent where…. To the Klink? He’s gonna stand trial?? For what, making an idiot out of himself in NYC public?

            These are Marvel’s villains. A buncha clowns and idiots. And there DOZENS of examples of this, thru out Marvel history. Where you’re left shaking your head, at how someone thought it was a good idea to write this stuff, let alone the fact that there are fans out there that love this nonsense.

            How Marvel is run as a Company.

            Marvel Comics was singlehandedly responsible for the implosion of the comics boom in the 90’s. They solely invented the gimmicks that we have to this very day: variant covers, redundant titles, 100(0):1 incentives, price-gouging, an infinite amount of crossovers and “events”, derivative characters, and a host of other underhanded tricks.

            The sad part about it is, they continue those practices to this very day, and are continuing to bankrupt the publication industry, by choking retailers and squeezing out their competitors. This was the very thing that put Marvel itself into bankruptcy, which caused them to have to sell off the rights to more than half of their characters.

            Meanwhile, Marvel is owned and run by a sleezy, dishonest, racist, sexist, demon of a man, named Ike Perlmutter. A former used car salesman, who rose to Trump levels. The ironic part, is that Perlmutter is a staunch Trump supporter, who not only donates to Trump, but also has supported GW Bush when he was in office as well.

            http://www.forbes.com/sites/robsalkowitz/2016/01/29/marvel-president-perlmutters-support-for-trump-draws-fire/#569a11e315c9

            Even though there has been a couple of Marvel movies that I liked, I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t give my money to a company that is owned by racists, and supports other racists.

            Contrast against DC, who has purposefully kept their prices lower than almost every other publisher, has streamlined their books, and is offering a diverse array of subject matter (all Marvel does, is superhero material).

            Further, DC, which is owned by WB, who also owns CNN and other more liberal affiliates, suits my sensibilities far better.

            Lack of, or False Diversity

            As a Black man of international upbringing, diversity is important to me. I know people think that Marvel is ahead of the game right now when it comes to diversity, but a closer examination will reveal the bigger picture. Since the earliest times, Marvel has struggled with diversity. The Luke Cage that people seem to be ranting about right now, is not the same as the original version, who was nothing more than a stereotypical, Blaxploitation caricature, who spent time fighting “h*es”, p*mps, and fat black mammies.

            People are lauding Black Panther right now, when the character largely sat in obscurity for most of his history. With a mere few exceptions, they’ve had BP in all sorts of silliness. And as with my other examples, this extends to the films as well.

            In the meantime, we see Marvel forcing faux diversity all over the place, as if they just caught onto this “latest craze”.

            After 70 years, Marvel still doesn’t have a prominent female character. They are trying their hardest to push Captain Marvel as their version of WW, but it’s not working, and it didn’t work the last time they tried it.

            Contrast this with DC, where Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, Women, and LGBT have always been a major aspect of the company, both in the DCU, as well as with regards to the creators, and people of importance. The president of DC is a woman. The head of DC animation, is a Black man. One half of DC publishing is a Korean man. Many people don’t know, that Goeff Johns is half Arab. These are the kinds of examples of diversity that I appreciate, and that Marvel doesn’t have.

            So in summation, these are some of the issues that I have with Marvel. I can go into further detail, if you wish.

          • Matias Gagliardone

            Thanks for taking the time for answering, I admit as of right now Marvel comics are mostly lame and I love practically all of the DC comics except for Harley Quinn. As for the movies I like both sides and I have to say there is probably nothing you could say to make me hate the MCU their movies just click with me even though I recognize some of them have too many flaws. What I love the most about them are the characters they made me care for so many of them and the bad thing about DC is they made me not care for my favorite superhero of all times (yes I know the movie is not out yet but everything I don’t like anything I have seen from him in the trailers), the Flash. I really hope they surprise me and make a good Flash there is nothing that would make me happier and that would definitely tip the scales for DC as far as I care

          • SAMURAI36

            Okay, so after thinking about it, I thought it might be best to also list a few things that I do like from Marvel, even though it’s not much.

            Spidey

            One of the greatest heroes EVER, & definitely Marvel’s crown jewel. And that’s no matter which version they go with. As I mentioned before, he’s got one of THE best villains line-up in all of comics (next to Batman). I actually liked all the Spidey movies, including the last 2, & wished Sony had continued on with them, rather than de-aging Peter, with this MCU nonsense. But oh well. I’m clearly not their audience.

            The Hulk

            This was actually the character I identified most with from Marvel, as a kid. Too bad they really don’t know what to do with the character, in all these years. Ironically though, the last Hulk film is one of the only 2 MCU films I even liked. The best one by far, IMO.

            Black Panther

            Color me race/culture biased, but the idea of an African King Superhero just breaks the mold. Too bad they’ve not known what to do with the character in all these decades. Not to mention, he doesn’t have a single recognizable (let alone competent) villain (which I’ll address later). However, this might be the one Marvel movie I plop down money to pay to see.

            X-Men’s Cable

            My fave X-Man of all time. An awesome look, set of powers, & backstory. He’s what launched my interest in the X-men in the late 80’s/early 90’s. Too bad the X-men fell off, come 2000.

            Doctor Doom

            I’m going to make this statement, as a professed Marvel hater: Dr. Doom is the greatest comic book villain of all time. Period, full stop. He’s a perfect mix between Lex Luthor & Ra’s Al Ghul, but greater than the sum of both parts. However, his flaw is that he gets wasted on dumb groups like the FF.

            Doom should be….. wait for it…… A Black anther villain. Both are the king of their own countries, both into magic & science, & both have a contempt for the rest of the world.

            Annnndddd…. That’s it. Those are the best things Marvel has, IMO.

  • Justin Alsobrook

    Didn’t seem like he was complaining. Seemed like he was answering a persons question on twitter.
    Anyone saying they got fired usually sounds like they are complaining, but you’re reading something, not hearing it. Which tone are you using?
    Tweets about your opinion on a movie will not get you fired because movie goers usually don’t know who wrote what movie. So studios don’t care as long as you give them a hit.
    Writers get hired and fired, ghostwrite, brought in to rewrite without getting creditials, etc. all the time. He’s just a writer that people happen to know. That’s why this is news(not news).
    I actually didn’t like Chronicle. I did like American Ultra and Mr. Right. Difference is that Chronicle had a bigger studio backing it with a bunch of trailers.
    But seriously, this looks like a Chronicles rip off in some scenes.

    • SAMURAI36

      I’m not sure if you’re serious in your defense of Landis, but of you’ve ever seen or listened to any of the podcasts, interviews, or other appearances he’s made, then you’d know that this is par for the course for him.

      • Justin Alsobrook

        Wasn’t really defending him. Just stating facts about writing. If that’s how Landis is perceived, then that’s that.

      • Peter James

        I don’t see that as a defense of Landis at all.

        That’s basically just laying out how the writing process works in regards to how Hollywood produces movies.

        • SAMURAI36

          I’m talking about the part where he said:

          Didn’t seem like he was complaining. Seemed like he was answering a persons question on twitter.
          Anyone saying they got fired usually sounds like they are complaining, but you’re reading something, not hearing it. Which tone are you using?

          Landis uses one tone, all the time: Snark. He brings alot of what happens to him on himself. He walks around as the consummate comic book nerd, and gets treated as such.

          When you see people like Geoff Johns, and even Kevin Feige, they are perfect gentlemen at all times; well spoken, down to earth, etc. Landis could stand to learn from these guys.

          • Peter James

            You’re judging personality and he(the person you were responding to) was talking about substance.

            Whether or not you like Landis or how he comes off, how in the world do you dispute any of what Justin Alsobrook wrote in terms of how Hollywood works when it comes to studios and writers?

            It’s easy to infer emotion, tone, and even snark into what you’re reading of what someone has WRITTEN (even someone speaking in real life) – especially if your opinion of that person is already colored by what you think that person is like, personality-wise.

            At the end of the day take personality and tone out of it, and is there anything that was said that isn’t how we understand how Hollywood works?
            And to point that how is defending him, how?

            I mean, come on.

            Learn to separate your (obviously negative) feelings about the person and objectively assess what he’s saying.

          • SAMURAI36

            You’re judging personality and he(the person you were responding to) was talking about substance.

            I don’t think you actually read what the other guy stated, and which I quoted from him.

            Whether or not you like Landis or how he comes off, how in the world do you dispute any of what Justin Alsobrook wrote in terms of how Hollywood works when it comes to studios and writers?

            I don’t, nor did I attempt to.

            It’s easy to infer emotion, tone, and even snark into what you’re reading of what someone is saying – especially if your opinion of that person is already colored by what you think that person is like, personality-wise.

            Yes, easy, and usually quite accurate. Especially when, as I’ve previously stated, I’ve seen/heard/read more than enough from him, to be able to gauge his typical temperament.

            Are you implying that my (and others) assessment of what Landis said and how he said it is somehow incorrect?

            At the end of the day take personality and tone out of it, and is there anything that was said that isn’t how we understand how Hollywood works?

            I’m not sure why you’re trying to box me into that discussion, when that’s never once been what I’ve been responding to here.

            But to answer the question, I’m in complete agreement with how Hollywood works. But again, that’s not been in contention here, at least not from me.

            And to point that how is defending him, how?

            I mean, come on.

            Yes, “come on” indeed. I’m talking strictly about the man’s character, and how that could possibly lend to the situations he finds himself in.

            Learn to separate your (obviously negative) feelings about the person and objectively assess what he’s saying.

            I would invite you to do the exact same thing, about what you’re reading from people on here.

          • Peter James

            >>>”I don’t think you actually read what the other guy stated, and which I quoted from him.”

            I did.

            >>>”Yes, easy, and usually quite accurate.

            I don’t think you know what that word (accurate) means.

            >>>”Especially when, as I’ve previously stated, I’ve seen/heard/read more than enough from him, to be able to gauge his typical temperament.”

            So you’re a mind-reader now in addition to being an expert at reading body-language/temperament even through the medium of cyber-space?

            GTFOH with that bull.

            >>>”Are you implying that my (and others) assessment of what Landis said and how he said it is somehow incorrect?”

            Yes.
            For the simple reason that you’re reading subtext and pretext into where there is none and from which there’s no reason to infer any other than your (Already admitted) bias against the person in question.

            Yes, you’re wrong.

            >>>>”Yes, “come on” indeed. I’m talking strictly about the man’s character, and how that could possibly lend to the situations he finds himself in.”

            ‘Character’ or ‘Personality’?
            Just in case you were confused, they’re not the same thing nor are they interchangeable.

            In your previous comments you seem to predicate your opinion on casting yourself as some sort of expert on the man’s personality and his temperament (based on nothing, of course – I’m sure you’ve NEVER met him in person)

            How does his character (moral rectitude) come into it?

            You’re so full of it.

            >>>>”I would invite you to do the exact same thing, about what you’re reading from people on here”

            Except I’m not doing the same thing you are.

            I don’t know YOU, your personality, your character, your temperament or any of those other things you claim to be an expert on where Landis is concerned.

            I’m judging you strictly based on what you’ve said here.

            Nothing more; nothing less.
            No tone.
            No subtext
            No nothing which isn’t on my screen.

            That’s the different from what you’re doing.
            I’m not even making a judgment on YOU as a person based on anything (because, as I’ve stated, I don’t know YOU), like you’ve done on and about Landis.

            So please don’t put me in the same box as you.

            We’re not the same in this discussion in terms of what we’re doing.

          • SAMURAI36

            So you’re a mind-reader now in addition to being an expert at reading body-language/temperament even through the medium of cyber-space?

            GTFOH with that bull.

            I could tell you that I’ve studied heavily into NLP, as it’s kinda necessary for my profession, but I won’t bother.

            You’re now implying that someone has to be an acedemician, in order to LOOK at someone in a video, listen to their tone of voice, etc, and get even a semi-accurate assessment of someone’s persona, intentions, temperament, etc.

            Good luck with at.

            Yes.
            For the simple reason that you’re reading subtext and pretext where there is none and from which there’s no reason to infer any other than your (Already admitted) bias against the person in question.

            Yes, you’re wrong.
            It would one thing if you were framing all this as an opinion (a poorly informed one at that), but you’re not.
            You framing your comments as if they’re fact and should be accepted as such.
            And on that basis I’m allowed to state in plain terms that yes, you ARE wrong.

            Instead of trying to admonish me, and trying to get some verbal one-ups on me, you could be courteous enough to actually demonstrate exactly HOW I’m wrong.

            SHOW me how I’m wrong, from the videos that I’ve seen him in.

            SHOW me how I’m wrong, when he got FIRED from DC, and his editors said he was difficult to work with.

            I’m looking for actual evidence from you, rather than offering nothing but polemic.

            Except I’m not doing the same thing you are.

            I don’t know YOU, your personality, your character, your temperament or any of those other things you claim to be an expert on where Landis is concerned.

            I’m judging you strictly based on what you’ve said here.

            Nothing more; nothing less.
            No tone.
            No subtext
            No nothing which isn’t on my screen.

            LMAO. I’m gonna give you some time to rethink what you’ve written here.

            So please don’t put me in the same box as you.

            We’re not the same in this discussion in terms of what we’re doing.

            I quoted this separately from your other statements intentionally. And yes, we are not on the same box, not remotely. Nor are we at the same place in this discussion. Nor were we ever.

          • Peter James

            >>>>”I could tell you that I’ve studied heavily into NLP, as it’s kinda necessary for my profession, but I won’t bother.”

            LOL!!!

            And I’m a Nuclear Astrophycist Brain Surgeon son of the Sultan of Brunei with 5 PHD’s.

            Get a load of this joker.

            And don’t worry, I won’t bother corroborating my credentials neither.

            >>>”You’re now implying that someone has to be an acedemician, in order to LOOK at someone in a video, listen to their tone of voice, etc, and get even a semi-accurate assessment of someone’s persona, intentions, temperament, etc.Good luck with at.”

            YES.

            And specifically in the case of someone who clearly doesn’t know the difference between “Character” and “Personality”

            Like YOU.

            And please don’t lie now that you meant “semi-accurate” when it’s pretty clear you said “Accurate” in your original comment.

            It’s right there in black and white and we can all see it.

            I zeroed in on that word for a good reason.

            And this is why.

            The worst part is the “Semi-accurate” would still be wrong.

            People who actually do this for a living and are professionally trained to do so (i.e. Psychonalysts and Psychologists) actually refrain from psychoanalyizing people they haven’t personally diagnosed and seen in person.

            Both on the threat of being sued for medical malpractice, and also because it’s friggin’ unprofessional.

            So spare me your [email protected] about expert on someone’s personality that you’ve never even met, when by all professional medical standards, doing such a thing would get you run out of any profession that deals with that aspect of human psychology.

            >>>”Instead of trying to admonish me, and trying to get some verbal one-ups on me, you could be courteous enough to actually demonstrate exactly HOW I’m wrong.”

            I already did.

            You might want to pay attention to the words I’m writing if you need more help in that respect, especially the parts where I point out how you can’t possible be an expert on someone else’s personality or temperament either based solely on what they’ve said in the past, and also based on the obvious ignorance of never having met them in person.

            He’s been fired from a job??

            Big Effin Whoop!

            He wouldn’t be the first person.

            In fact that makes him the majority of the human race that’s actually been fired from jobs without actually being a statement of them as people or their personality.

            “From the videos (you’ve) seen of him”

            Are you friggin’ kidding me?

            Geeez.

            >>>”LMAO. I’m gonna give you some time to rethink what you’ve written here.”

            Just pull any 5 year old around you to explain to you what it means if you’re having that much trouble understanding it.

            Remember that time, a few lines ago when you were whining about how I never explained you were wrong?

            HOw about you rethink that comment in light of this gem of yours in response to a comment where I was actually explaining not just how you are wrong but how we are different.

            Paying attention to what you’re doing or reading is fundamental in life.

            >>>”…. And yes, we are not on the same box, not remotely. Nor are we at the same place in this discussion. Nor were we ever.”

            You don’t say.

            Is it only starting to dawn on you now, Einstein?

            Any other ways you want to embarrass, yourself?

            Because I don’t feel you’ve embarrassed yourself enough.

          • SAMURAI36

            Dude, you are exactly one half of a sec from getting blocked.

            I get that I’ve stepped on your toes, and offended the honor of your boyfriend. But you are taking this way too far.

          • Peter James

            If you want to run away like a b.itch, run away.

            Don’t give us this bunch of Horse b s, by way of trying to extricate yourself out of this with any remaining shred of dignity you have left.

            It makes you look even more pathetic than you already look now.

            Friggin’ Laughable.

          • SAMURAI36

            Matter of fact, you’re getting blocked anyway. Toodles d!ckhead.

          • Peter James

            Oh no, I’m so scared.

          • Marquis de Sade

            Gosh, you’re such a temperamental bytttch.

          • Chris Schroeder

            EXACTLY. 100% agree with you

  • Matt

    Lean any further away from the subject you’re writing about and you might just fall over. It’s only a Josh Trank move if his name is actually on the movie. Additionally, there’s a difference to being “extremely negative” and intelligently critical of others’ work in your own trade. He brought up convenient storytelling devices at the expense of pandering gender-equality. That’s the problem with internet criticism now: if your opinion is different, you’re a sexist or a racist. I miss the days where I could post I didn’t like Luke Cage and just be labeled a cynical hater.

    As a writer, you should feel bad every time you say something broke the internet. You’re referencing someone who probably wouldn’t know how to breathe if there wasn’t a picture-heavy instructional pamphlet stapled to her face. The internet is still working.

    • Peter James

      Make criticism great agai…..er….. I mean…politically incorrect, again.

  • Worldmind

    Maybe two reasons your script was ditched are the words ‘silly’ and ‘goofy’. I didn’t get that vibe from the trailer, in fact it looks great, and really fun. And the only ‘retro’ thing I got from it was the little theme tune tag.

    • Peter James

      It looks like a rip-off of Chronicle.

      Which, if it actually is, then it does beg the question that he alluded to, why fire the person who wrote the original movie you’re actually ripping off?

      My guess is they hired him hoping he would write for them a movie and looked and felt like Chronicle (i.e. a Chronicle rip-off), which is something that writers never want to do,i.e. rip-off their own work and previous projects – especially since it’s…….um…lazy.

      So he wrote a different treatment, and they fired him, and hired someone else who wrote the Chronicle rip-off that we now have and which they clearly wanted.

      • Veronica

        Well They could just ask him to do the treatment they wanted. Now if Landis wrote something completely different from what producers/studio wanted, that is on Landis.

        • Peter James

          We don’t know what they asked him.

          And we probably never will since that’s the type of stuff that’s not documented and which never sees the light of day even if it is documented, due to NDA’s the threat of lawsuits from rival studios for copyright infringement.

          I do know that when writers are hired, they’ll tell them how much they loved this work or that work they did in the past without necessarily stating that they want a rip-off of it, and then they might give them an idea of previous movies that they feel this movie should be like (in this case I imagine they highlighted movies like Breakfast Club and the like, which is clearly evident in the trailer).

          The writer takes the notes, and then does a treatment of the main story (i.e. write a screenplay and story).

          If the studio likes it, they may add more notes and suggestions (usually budgetary-related and cast-related) for some minor changes, and then the script moves on to the next stage of development.

          If not, the writer is effectively fired (after being paid, of course.) and the studio hires someone else, or the project goes to development heII until some other writer becomes available.

          It’s easy if you’re a writer to know how much of your original script they used when they decided to go a different direction (like the guy who wrote the original treatment for Prometheus versus the final version we got after Damon Lindelhoff hacksawed it). It’s just as easy to know which movies they decided to rip-off or take cues from, in the final product, after they reject your script.

          But the likelihood that they told him straight up that they wanted a Chronicle rip-off is virtually nil (for obvious reasons), even though it may be evident that that was the eventual case. Again, see: potential threat of being sued by the studio that made that other movie.

          Hollywood doesn’t work that way.

          No creative field does, because artists and writers are not mind-readers and can only go by the suggestions you give them (or don’t).

          • Maximillian Pegasus

            From what i know from him, after the studio got his script, threw in the garbage and asked him to do something more like Chronicle, he probably refused to, and then the studio fired him.

  • unpaidpundit

    I don’t see why Max Landis should be bitter. He got paid, I’m sure. The studio is paying for the movie, and they decided to go in another direction. If Landis wants more power over his work, maybe he should try working in the theater, where I understand that the writer generally has the final say.

    • SAMURAI36

      The thing that differ Landis from other screenwriters, is that he’s a Diva. He wants more attention and spotlight, than the actual actors in whatever story he writes get.

      This has been his undoing, and will continue to be so, until he matures a bit.

      • Peter James

        I love the fact that you accuse someone else of defending him (who actually wasn’t), but you yourself have no compulsions at all about openly attacking him and judging him on a personality-level while prognosticating about his future career prospects.

        And all obliviously without the slightest hint of self-awareness or irony.

        • SAMURAI36

          Based on your last response, it’s clear that you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. Or at least, what I’m talking about.

          I’m willing to chock it up to the fact that we seem to be having 2 diff convos here.

          • Peter James

            Yes, Mr. “Expert-on-analyzing-people-I-don’t-know-over-the-internet”…

            I’m the one who doesn’t know what I’m talking about.
            Right.
            Mr. “Can’t-tell-the-difference-between-personality-and-character”

            Run with that.

            And unlike you, some of us can actually carry more than one conversation (and by extension, do more than one thing) at a time without losing our minds.