'Chronicle' Director Josh Trank Set to Direct 'Star Wars' Spin-Off, Too
While J.J. Abrams is busy writing letters to tell people to stop leaking photos from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, Disney and Lucasfilm are rounding up directing talent to take on their spin-off stories between the milestone trilogy episodes. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards has already been hired to be at the helm of the first one with a release set for December of 2016, one year after Episode VII arrives, and now StarWars.com has revealed that Chronicle director Josh Trank will also be directing another stand-alone movie in the Star Wars universe. Kathleen Kennedy says, "We're thrilled to welcome Josh into the family."
The Lucasfilm president continued, "He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation. That makes him perfectly suited to Star Wars, and for this new slate of movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX." And as if you couldn't guess, Trank is just thrilled to be part of this new era of Star Wars being ushered in and says, "The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood. The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time."
Here's the Star Wars short Stabbing at Leia's 22nd Birthday that Trank made before Chronicle:
Again, we don't know specifically what kind of story we'll be getting, but previous reports have pegged this in-between films as origin stories with rumors ranging from Han Solo and Boba Fett to Jedi master Yoda. This is somewhat of a risky move since Trank only has Chronicle under his belt and the reboot of Fantastic Four for 20th Century Fox on the way, but it sounds like Disney and Lucasfilm like what he brings to the table for whatever this new stand-alone Star Wars adventure will be. This one doesn't have a release date yet, but you can probably count on 2018 if Episode VIII arrives in December of 2017. Thoughts?