Max Landis is a screenwriter, director and son of director John Landis
. His best known work is the film Chronicle
He has also made a bunch of short films and videos including the well known "educational parody film" The Death and Return of Superman
in which he recounts Superman
's infamous death and return
with the help of Elijah Wood
, Mandy Moore
, Simon Pegg
, Jennette McCurdy
, Ron Howard
, Liz Gillies
and several others.He is currently working on Fox "superhero" show
in which he claims "Calling Vigilant a superhero show is like saying Luther was inspired by Judge Dredd
Tropes applying to Max:
- Affectionate Parody: His The Death and Return of Superman and Wrestling Isn't Wrestling somewhat-mostly-accurate educational parody films.
- Attention Deficit Creator Disorder: Had half a dozen different projects in production in the years after Chronicle.
- Cross-Cast Role:
- The Death and Return of Superman features Whitney Moore, Jennifer Newman, and Jezlan Moyet as Batman, Robin, and Nightwing, respectively.
- Wrestling Isn't Wrestling retells the first 20 years of Triple H's WWE career with a predominantly-female cast, headed by Chloe Dykstra as Triple H. Male wrestlers like Triple H, Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker are played by women, and the only featured female wrestler, Chyna, is played by a man (Sam Witwer). All other parts are played by their sex.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Deconstructor Fleet: Deconstructed the entire concept of the Super Hero Origin story with Chronicle, showing the kind of dangers emotionally volatile teenagers gaining superpowers could cause.
- Executive Meddling: Fox told him to rewrite his script for Chronicle 2 as it wasn't enough of a retread of the first movie.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Death And Return of Superman and Wrestling Isn't Wrestling are absolute gold-mines for this. Aside from the ones mentioned above, the former alone also has Matt Bennett, Yuri Lowenthal, Taliesin Jaffe and Matthew Mercer.
- Hot-Blooded: Is unbelievably enthusiastic about everything he talks about.
- Memetic Mutation: Facebook Max
- One of Us: