Well, this is an interesting development. Not long after word of Josh Trank’s seemingly amiable exit from the standalone Star Wars film he was to helm came through, along come revelations that the split may not have been caused by his desire to chase down “some original creative opportunities” after all.
According to THR‘s sources, it was the Chronicle director’s conduct whilst making Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot that ultimately cost him the Star Wars job.
Trank’s behaviour was said to be “erratic” and at times “very isolated”, leaving his cast and crew at a loss without clear direction. “If you’ve got someone who can’t answer questions or who isn’t sure or is in hiding, that’s not good,” THR’s insider said.
A Fox spokesman is quoted as saying that while the studio is “very happy” with Fantastic Four, “there were definitely some bumps on the road.”
“Bumps” include the damages to a house in the vicinity of $US100,000, which is said to have come as a result of Trank and several small dogs that he left in the property whilst shooting there.
Things apparently got so bad on the set of Fantastic Four that producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker were called in to ensure the film came together, even though certain sources say Trank was still directing on set.
Re-shoots were soon inevitable, a task made all the more difficult with the busy schedules of leads Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan.
Of course, word eventually got to the Star Wars folk. Producer Kinberg apparently expressed his concerns regarding Trank’s behaviour to Kathleen Kennedy and her Lucasfilm colleagues. Kinberg, you see, is a producer on Gareth Edwards’ first Star Wars spin-off, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One.
And that’s basically it; before you know it, Disney/Lucasfilm is saying goodbye to Trank.
Disney is yet to comment on THR’s story, but it’s a report that ties in very well to all the rumours we were hearing of Fantastic Four’s troubles.
The search is now on to find the next director for the second standalone Star Wars anthology film.