The piece is about three teens from Portland who head out into the woods and come in contact with a strange substance after which they develop superhuman abilities. They mess around and get used to their new powers together for a while, but then end up turning on each other when personal and family issues get in the way.
This is somewhat different. It sounds a lot like that new show on ABC, No Ordinary Family. A family of four's plane goes down in the Amazon and then they develop superpowers. Regardless, moviegoers have an appetite for this kind of stuff and this one sounds different enough to be worth making. Landis and Trank are relatively new to the industry, but have enough experience to ensure that they know what they're doing. Besides appearing in two of his father's films as a kid, Max penned two shorts, Dupe and Tumbler. Based on the trailers (watch after the jump), Dupe looks like your typical capture and torture piece, but Tumbler is something I'd actually like to see more of. It's a sci-fi flick about a space mission gone wrong consisting of interviews with the surviving crewmembers.
Trank's short resume could prove to be very beneficial. First off, he's got editing experience including Big Fan, which certainly can enhance his directorial skills. Secondly, the sole directorial credit to his name is webisodes of the TV show The Kill Point, and the ones I've seen are pretty well shot and show the guy knows how to handle on-screen action.
I sense some potential here, and with producers John Davis and Adam Schroeder backing these guys up, the outlook it good. Now we've just got to keep an eye on the kids they nab for the lead roles. Is it going to be Spider-Man all over again? Probably not, but I wouldn't be surprised if some of those names ended up on the short list for Chronicles.
Watch the trailers for Max Landis' short films below.