Josh Trank Opens Up About Leaving ‘Star Wars’ Spin-off

By June 4, 2015

Not too long ago, we reported that director Josh Trank had decided to leave the Star Wars Anthology spin-off film that he had been developing at Disney. The film, which the public still knows very little about, was going to be the Chronicle director’s biggest challenge yet after the release of this summer’s Fantastic Four for 20th Century Fox. In the immediate aftermath of the news came a lot of theories to fill the void due to the lack of a lot of information, and some of those “theories” turned into unfounded rumors, and Trank — along with writer/producer Simon Kinberg — felt compelled to address them.

In a recent interview to promote the upcoming release of Fantastic Four with the LA Times‘ “Hero Complex” blog, Trank and Kinberg open up for the first time about the director leaving the project behind, and the rumors and vitriol that were formed in the wake of the event. Trank detailed that his decision to leave was far from an easy one, but that it would also be difficult for him to stay on, as well.

I want to do something original after this because I’ve been living under public scrutiny, as you’ve seen, for the last four years of my life,” he said. “And it’s not healthy for me right now in my life. I want to do something that’s below the radar. [...] I have a great relationship with everyone at Lucasfilm and with [studio development VP Kiri Hart]. And they all understood it because this whole experience for me has been very psychologically hard.

Simon Kinberg — whom some of the rumors have said was part of the reason Trank walked away from Star Wars — came to Trank’s defense, denouncing the anecdotes that have come up.

I’ve been around some version of this for a long time. This, I would say, is particularly cruel. I haven’t really seen this level of vehemence against a filmmaker. And it’s surreal and unfair.

Trank then stated that any rumors about some kind of discontent that the two have for each other isn’t true.

Simon and I have become closer friends through this. To have the rest of the world – other than the people who know us – think that we’re in some blood feud with each other over something… It feels sometimes like I’m living in a Paddy Chayefsky script or something like that. Every misconception that could possibly be made about this has been made to a hilariously satirical degree. And it’s people who haven’t met me before. If they met me – I don’t know, I feel like I’m a pretty harmless person.

Disney has yet to announce any details related to Star Wars films other than The Force Awakens or Rogue OneFantastic Four hits theaters on August 7th. For more on these projects as they develop, keep an eye on GeekNation!

Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • mmasoria

    I guess he wasn’t the Droid they were looking for!

  • Daniel

    being under public scrutiny all the time must be very hard, I can’t even imagine what it must be like.

    • Katey

      Yeah your right Daniel it must be extremely tough. I am glad my career has me as far away from the public eye as possible ;)

  • Sean L

    I completely understand where he is coming from and I wish him the best of luck in his future projects

    • Jane Keating

      Yeah I will be following him into whatever he does next :)