Chronicle and Fantastic Four director Josh Trank has pulled out of directing the second Star Wars spin-off movie, and this is very sad news indeed.
Trank is a real talent, and Chronicle proved that, and so far Fantastic Four is looking, well, fantastic. Having both TYrank and Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) directing the first spin-off movies was very very exciting, but sadly Trank is no longer involved, explaining in a statement he wants to move forward on a different path.
Here is what Trank said:
“After a year of having the incredible honor of developing with the wonderful and talented people at Lucasfilm, I’m making a personal decision to move forward on a different path. I’ve put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and I know deep down in my heart that I want to pursue some original creative opportunities. That said, the Star Wars universe has always been one of my biggest influences, and I couldn’t be more excited to witness its future alongside my millions of fellow Star Wars fans. I want to thank my friends Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart, Simon Kinberg, and everyone at Lucasfilm and Disney for the amazing opportunity to have been a part of this. May the Force be with you all.”
Lucasfilm VP of Development Kiri Hart commented:
“It was a privilege to collaborate with Josh. We are grateful for the energy and love of Star Wars that he brought to the process, and we wish him all the best.”
The statement also notes that “The Star Wars team is continuing to develop the project.”
Trank’s spin-off film was a mystery, and no details were revealed when Disney confirmed his involvement almost a year ago.
Hopefully a new director will pick this up soon.