‘Chronicle’ Director Josh Trank Will Direct One of The ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies

By June 4, 2014

Looks like Star Wars news is flying fast and furious this week. JJ Abrams addressed the recent leaked set photos in a handwritten letter to fans earlier this morning, and now StarWars.com has revealed the next director of one of the Star Wars spin-off films: Chronicle helmer Josh Trank.

The full press release is pretty short, so I’ll paste it for you below:

In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney continue development of multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. The newest director to come on board is Josh Trank.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Josh into the family,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “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.”

Trank states, “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.”

Trank captured imaginations worldwide with his critically lauded directorial debut Chronicle, a fresh and engaging take on the superhero genre. Trank is currently at work on The Fantastic Four for 20th Century Fox.

Hiring Trank seems to indicate that Kathleen Kennedy and the folks at Lucasfilm are following a very specific pattern when bringing on directors for these standalone movies: they’re looking for young, up-and-coming filmmakers who started out with a small film and graduated to a big blockbuster with their second movie, proving they can handle the scale and scope of something big before they move into the Star Wars universe. This was the case with Gareth Edwards (who directed the indie Monsters before tackling this summer’s Godzilla), and now it’s true of Trank (who started with the found footage film Chronicle, and is now working on The Fantastic Four reboot).

What do you think this film will be about? Rumors indicate the standalone movies will focus on a young Han Solo, Yoda, and Boba Fett, but recent talk has pointed toward a film called Red Five, possibly about the squadron Luke Skywalker flies in to take down the Death Star. There’s no official word yet on what any of these will be about, but my hope that they’ll expand outside the realm of characters we already know lives on (even though I know that’s probably not going to happen).

I wasn’t as crazy about Chronicle as many of my colleagues, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t see Trank’s skill and abilities on full display during that movie. The guy is obviously very talented, and I love the fact that Kennedy is going after young, hungry filmmakers instead of well established guys to direct these movies. How long until Colin Trevorrow joins the Star Wars family? He has the same career pattern: started with an indie (Safety Not Guaranteed) and graduated up to a blockbuster (Jurassic World) – not to mention, Jurassic is being produced by Steven Spielberg, who is obviously good buddies with George Lucas. I’m calling it now: this is going to happen.

What do you think about Trank directing a Star Wars standalone film? Let us know below!

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