Disney’s initiative of films to actively revive the Star Wars franchise suffered a minor setback yesterday with the loss of a director for one of the upcoming projects.
According to an official announcement from Lucasfilm on StarWars.com, director Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four) will no longer be directing an upcoming Star Wars Anthology film, the name of the spin-off films that will be released in between main series “episodes.” Director Gareth Edwards informed fans at this year’s Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim that his Anthology film, Rogue One, will follow the story of the Rebel Alliance’s theft of the Empire’s plans for the first Death Star. Trank’s Anthology project, which is slotted for release in 2019, is still shrouded in mystery, however.
Trank released an official statement on the matter, which reads,
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.
According to a report from Variety, a conflict has apparently arisen between Trank and screenwriter Simon Kinberg, who weren’t keen on the idea of working together again after allegedly clashing on the set of this summer’s Fantastic Four film. Kinberg is reportedly one of the go-to creative minds behind the Star Wars franchise, serving as a creative consultant on The Force Awakens as well as helping to shape what future films will look like.
Trank’s next film will be the aforementioned Fantastic Four, which will release on August 7th. For more on the future developments of the Star Wars films and their Anthology spin-offs, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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