In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Josh Trank has officially departed the second Star Wars anthology film he had been attached to direct.
The Chronicle and Fantastic Four director had been on the project for around a year, developing what would be the second anthology film after Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars: Rogue One.
“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,” Trank said in a statement.
“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.”
On face value, leaving a franchise like Star Wars behind to chase down some “original creative opportunities” doesn’t exactly add up, but who knows what creative disagreements or personal dilemmas have been going on in the last year. Speculation will no doubt be running wild for some time.
“It was a privilege to collaborate with Josh,” Lucasfilm VP of Development Kiri Hart said in his 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.”
The search is now on for the next director. Joss Whedon fans are already putting his name forward, now that he’s free after completing the Marvel epic that is Avengers: Age of Ultron. Who do you think should get the gig? Let us know in the comments section below.