It's Official - Josh Trank is No Longer Directing a 'Star Wars' Spin-Off

May 1, 2015

Josh Trank

Briefly: As much as I hate reporting on the non-news that someone is no longer working on a project they were originally attached to work on, if it involves Star Wars, it's still worth mentioning. and Variety are reporting that Lucasfilm has officially announced and confirmed that Josh Trank (director of Chronicle and this year's Fantastic Four reboot) will no longer be directing a Star Wars spin-off movie. Not long after Gareth Edwards got the first offer for Star Wars: Rogue One, due in theaters late 2016, Trank landed the gig to direct the next spin-off solo Star Wars movie due in 2018. However, he's been booted and Disney/Lucasfilm are going back to the drawing board - no replacements have been named yet. Interesting…

The full statement from Josh Trank himself, as released on - this one is rather long:

"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."

And here's the statement from Lucasfilm regarding Trank's departure making everything sound nice:

"It was a privilege to collaborate with Josh," Lucasfilm said in a statement. "We are grateful for the energy and love of Star Wars that he brought to the process, and we wish him all the best."

We can't say this news is a complete surprise, considering there have been rumors and rumblings that Trank has been running into problems with Lucasfilm while working on this. I've even heard that he was quite a hassle on the set of Fantastic Four, and maybe those difficulties continued while he was working on Star Wars, but it sounds like they're moving along and everyone is going their own way instead of butting heads any further. I am still very curious to see how Fantastic Four turns out, and Trank probably will be fine wherever he ends up, especially if his next movie is any good. As for Star Wars, Disney likely has plenty of director back-ups lined up so stay tuned for the latest once the details arrive. For now, this is just the latest update regarding the next set of Star Wars movies in the works. At least The Force Awakens isn't delayed.

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  • txJM
    Thank the Maker. That was a close call.
  • Nethanel DeCarmo
    I haven't watched Trank's work. Alex, what do you think on the matter. I don't think you stated your thoughts above.
  • NathanDewey
    "I want to pursue some original creative opportunities" - That's what I like to read. Good man Mr. Trank.
    • Jameson Cyr
      he got fired.
      • NathanDewey
        And, what should he do now that he's fired? "Pursue some ORIGINAL creative opportunities". I like how he worded that part. I really like the idea of Trank doing something original like he did with Chronicle.
  • Jameson Cyr
    Rupert Wyatt. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was awesome, he would make a great Star Wars movie.
    • Payne by name
      Good call. He would but as he demonstrated with Dawn he's no studio stooge and believes a film should have a good story first (wise choice given how dawn turned out). Hence I don't think the studio would be able to control him or shoehorn him into the template that they want.
      • Nik
        How so, the general consensus and in my opinion Dawn was better than Rise of the Planet of the Apes?
    • Agreed. Would be a good choice.
  • Trust in Feige
    They must have seen FF.
    • Tuomas Lassila
      I love your user name.
  • ari smulders
    i don't know why but this feels like bad news! It's like with marvel i think. Own ideas are not welcome because it must fit in the created universe but are creative people not always stubborn? Sad news because a fresh look is always a good thing!
    • txJM
      Still think so?
  • Jason
    Good move on his part. Having anything to do with Star Wars is a 'Dammed if you do, dammed if you don't' situation. A new Star Wars movie could make $3 Billion and win ever Academy Award there is because of the 'Who shot first fanboys' will come out of their radon filled basements and into the sunlight long enough to tear the hell out of it and insult everyone involved with it anyway.
  • Trey Wilson
    Tranks for nothing.
    Probably a good move. The guy made an pretty good movie, but they should probably give it to some one with a little more bona fides.
  • Chris Groves
    Definitely doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in the new Fantastic Four movie.
    • Mark Brackney
      So Trank (L.O.L., cool name, bro)'s directing that one?
  • Mark Brackney
    Awww........ shame. Damn shame.
    • txJM
      After this weekend, are you still thinking it's a shame?
      • Mark Brackney
        *Eh*. Have NOT seen it yet. However, the whole "creative differences/disaster" thing still pisses-me off, though. TV spots I seen for that "thing" (ha. See what I did there?), however, led me otherwise.
        • txJM
          I don't buy his excuse. Not for a second.
          • Mark Brackney
            Well, I, obv., see that your are still in pain... ah, well. Either see this with my girlfriend, or see this "thing" (ha! I'm on a damn roll here, son!) on Boot-Leg. Let ME be the one to judge this Beast, for what it *truly* is.
          • txJM
            Pain? No. Not sure what gave you that idea. More like, "Told ya so, Josh Trank is a hack!"




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