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Josh Trank exits Star Wars Anthology film

05.01.2015

There had been rumours circling that not all was right behind-the-scenes of Josh Trank's STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY film, and the directors absence at Star Wars Celebration earlier this month did little to dispel them. He was scheduled to appear alongside fellow Star Wars director Gareth Edwards but cancelled once the event began by saying that he was sick. Now it seems as though those rumours are true as Josh Trank has just announced that he will exit the film.

Josh Trank's statement:

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.

Kiri Hart, vice president of development at Lucasfilm, commented:

It was a privilege to collaborate with Josh. We are grateful for the energy and love of Star Wars that he brought to the process, and we wish him all the best.

Josh Trank was set to helm the second Star Wars spin-off, which is still scheduled to be released two years after Gareth Edwards' ROGUE ONE. There's no word yet who might replace the director but the official statement notes that "the Star Wars team is continuing to develop the project." Josh Trank's FANTASTIC FOUR will premiere on August 7, 2015.

It's time to play pick the director once again; who would you like to see take Trank's place?

Source: Star Wars

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2:51PM on 05/03/2015

not surprised

'Chronicles' was overrated, F4 looks ok but is the complete wrong approach to said material and from all the rumors of him being an A class A-hole and hard to work with, I'm not surprised this happened. At least Disney had the decency to let him be fired with some dignity which is more than he deserves. Looking forward to see who takes over the spin-off.
'Chronicles' was overrated, F4 looks ok but is the complete wrong approach to said material and from all the rumors of him being an A class A-hole and hard to work with, I'm not surprised this happened. At least Disney had the decency to let him be fired with some dignity which is more than he deserves. Looking forward to see who takes over the spin-off.
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3:30AM on 05/03/2015
It was very nice of Disney to let him say it was his decision. Although, probably not entirely altruistic since I'm sure they'd like to avoid a scandal around one of their cash crops.
It was very nice of Disney to let him say it was his decision. Although, probably not entirely altruistic since I'm sure they'd like to avoid a scandal around one of their cash crops.
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11:33PM on 05/02/2015

Good,

that opens a slot for my Michel Hazanavicius wet dream with Jean Dujardin and Lea Seydoux.
Or now that we know George Miller still has some magic, that's a viable suggestion.
that opens a slot for my Michel Hazanavicius wet dream with Jean Dujardin and Lea Seydoux.
Or now that we know George Miller still has some magic, that's a viable suggestion.
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8:56PM on 05/02/2015

Slow clap...

Good. Let's get the ball rolling with someone else now!
Good. Let's get the ball rolling with someone else now!
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3:03PM on 05/02/2015

excited or shown the door?

I'd call this an unofficial fantastic four review. If it was a great movie, they'd have managed the antics. He was a poor choice from the start.
I'd call this an unofficial fantastic four review. If it was a great movie, they'd have managed the antics. He was a poor choice from the start.
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2:57PM on 05/02/2015

excited or shown the door?

I'd call this an unofficial fantastic four review. If it was a great movie, they'd have managed the antics. He was a poor choice from the start.
I'd call this an unofficial fantastic four review. If it was a great movie, they'd have managed the antics. He was a poor choice from the start.
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2:28PM on 05/02/2015

Here's the thing...

When you have a dream job and are truly blessed to do what you do... act accordingly. When someone hands you the brass ring, don't pawn it to buy coke. And don't be an asshole.
I've heard so many first hand accounts about this guy and his substance abuse, anger, and all around sense of entitlement, it drives me insane. You had it all, Trank. And now the ride is over.
When you have a dream job and are truly blessed to do what you do... act accordingly. When someone hands you the brass ring, don't pawn it to buy coke. And don't be an asshole.
I've heard so many first hand accounts about this guy and his substance abuse, anger, and all around sense of entitlement, it drives me insane. You had it all, Trank. And now the ride is over.
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2:09PM on 05/02/2015

Coke Head

That is all.
That is all.
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8:54PM on 05/02/2015
Clearly not, seeing as that's NOT all you said.
Clearly not, seeing as that's NOT all you said.
2:11AM on 05/03/2015
Nice one, Trank.
Nice one, Trank.
1:27PM on 05/02/2015
Man, whoever placed that curse on Trank really knew what they were doing.
Man, whoever placed that curse on Trank really knew what they were doing.
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1:05PM on 05/02/2015
Trank: Okay, lets tak star wars and make it found footage. Plus all that stuff we love about Star Wars? Lets flip it. Flip it all. The Force is evil, the Empire is the New Hope and I think we should incorporate the functionality of "The Schwartz" but make it more like ecstasy. Han Solo should be a long haul truck driver type and Chewie should just be a big hairy dude who eats a lot. Boba Fett should be a rogue cop with a conscience. Basically just make everything unrecognizable and call it Star
Trank: Okay, lets tak star wars and make it found footage. Plus all that stuff we love about Star Wars? Lets flip it. Flip it all. The Force is evil, the Empire is the New Hope and I think we should incorporate the functionality of "The Schwartz" but make it more like ecstasy. Han Solo should be a long haul truck driver type and Chewie should just be a big hairy dude who eats a lot. Boba Fett should be a rogue cop with a conscience. Basically just make everything unrecognizable and call it Star Wars....Oh, you don't like that? Y'all have no vision. Peace." - Josh Trank
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11:49AM on 05/02/2015
"Disney saw my Fantastic Four movie."
"Disney saw my Fantastic Four movie."
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9:20AM on 05/02/2015

Wahoo!

He is a hack director anyways. Nowhere near the levels of talent that Star Wars deserves.
He is a hack director anyways. Nowhere near the levels of talent that Star Wars deserves.
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6:40AM on 05/02/2015

Good.

Get this idiot away from Star Wars. I don't want anything having to do with the new FF working creatively on any new Star Wars movie.
Get this idiot away from Star Wars. I don't want anything having to do with the new FF working creatively on any new Star Wars movie.
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5:13AM on 05/02/2015
Translation - Fantastic Four already sucks & this guy has no business doing a Star Wars film. Good, fuck this hack!
Translation - Fantastic Four already sucks & this guy has no business doing a Star Wars film. Good, fuck this hack!
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1:36AM on 05/02/2015

Good!

I'm sick of newbie directors having one successful film, then immediately getting ridiculous opportunities before they've proven they can handle it. If FF turns out to be a masterpiece, then this guy should get a shot at even bigger films. But considering how bad it's been handled up to now, it's much more likely that it will be a moderate success at best.
I'm sick of newbie directors having one successful film, then immediately getting ridiculous opportunities before they've proven they can handle it. If FF turns out to be a masterpiece, then this guy should get a shot at even bigger films. But considering how bad it's been handled up to now, it's much more likely that it will be a moderate success at best.
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1:23AM on 05/02/2015
Sucks for him... i have heard he us a nightmare to work with... anyone have any specifics on that?
Sucks for him... i have heard he us a nightmare to work with... anyone have any specifics on that?
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11:41AM on 05/02/2015
Nice.. thanks.... sounds even worse than Troy Duffy (dude who did Boondock Saints)
Nice.. thanks.... sounds even worse than Troy Duffy (dude who did Boondock Saints)
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1:21AM on 05/02/2015

Rumours

He was bad for this from the jump. Then the rumours of difficulty and destruction on the set of FF started coming in, not to mention a NO-SHOW at the Star Wars thing last week, and we knew that Trank's days were numbered. The guy is a cretin. Good riddance.
Bring on Brad Bird.
He was bad for this from the jump. Then the rumours of difficulty and destruction on the set of FF started coming in, not to mention a NO-SHOW at the Star Wars thing last week, and we knew that Trank's days were numbered. The guy is a cretin. Good riddance.
Bring on Brad Bird.
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12:49AM on 05/02/2015
Someone at Disney made a very smart move not allowing this guy to make a Star Wars movie.
Someone at Disney made a very smart move not allowing this guy to make a Star Wars movie.
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11:47PM on 05/01/2015
Well, well, well...
Someone at Disney just saw FANTASTIC FOUR, or so it seems...
Well, well, well...
Someone at Disney just saw FANTASTIC FOUR, or so it seems...
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10:04PM on 05/01/2015

good riddance

I hard chronicles. His F4 film is completely out of touch with the source material.
I hard chronicles. His F4 film is completely out of touch with the source material.
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10:04PM on 05/01/2015

good riddance

I hard chronicles. His F4 film is completely out of touch with the source material.
I hard chronicles. His F4 film is completely out of touch with the source material.
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9:27PM on 05/01/2015
"I'm making a personal decision to move forward on a different path."

Fired.
"I'm making a personal decision to move forward on a different path."

Fired.
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9:26PM on 05/01/2015

I have a theory...

Maybe he wanted to work on an original project. It's a crazy notion, yes, but perhaps he didn't want to jump from one franchise to another.
Maybe he wanted to work on an original project. It's a crazy notion, yes, but perhaps he didn't want to jump from one franchise to another.
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9:38PM on 05/01/2015
Haha a theory? That's what he says in the interview.
Haha a theory? That's what he says in the interview.
9:47PM on 05/01/2015
Who the hell wouldn't want to be apart of a Star Wars film?!?! Especially if he's as big a fan as he says!
Who the hell wouldn't want to be apart of a Star Wars film?!?! Especially if he's as big a fan as he says!
10:10PM on 05/01/2015
I have a theory too. You get a job doing star wars....you DO IT....because if you want to work on an original project or whatever it is....if you DO Star Wars....whatever your next project is...its greenlit ...automatically...no matter what.

so ya...he was fired.
I have a theory too. You get a job doing star wars....you DO IT....because if you want to work on an original project or whatever it is....if you DO Star Wars....whatever your next project is...its greenlit ...automatically...no matter what.

so ya...he was fired.
4:31AM on 05/02/2015
I guess if you want to be negative about it... oh wait, this is the internet. So you're right. He probably got fired, most likely because he fucked children worse than he did that comic book movie about the rock guy and stretch man that no one saw yet.

The reality is that these franchise movies are a pain in the dick to make. Star Wars would seem like a golden opportunity for sure but after working on the Fabulous 4 Comic Book Movie, I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility that
I guess if you want to be negative about it... oh wait, this is the internet. So you're right. He probably got fired, most likely because he fucked children worse than he did that comic book movie about the rock guy and stretch man that no one saw yet.

The reality is that these franchise movies are a pain in the dick to make. Star Wars would seem like a golden opportunity for sure but after working on the Fabulous 4 Comic Book Movie, I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility that he wasn't too keen to stick his dick in the grinder another time. All the shit he's been getting for a movie that I'm sure he is proud of, multiply that times 50 for a Star Wars movie... who wants that headache?
4:43AM on 05/02/2015
Chronicle was a cool movie. He should do another original. What's wrong with that?
Chronicle was a cool movie. He should do another original. What's wrong with that?
9:26PM on 05/01/2015
Rumor is he proved to Simon Kinberg that he's extremely difficult to work with on the set of Fantastic Four, and so Kinberg (who's also attached to the Star Wars spin-off) wanted nothing to do with him. Even Max Landis tweeted out that this is "karma" for Trank. Whatever the case, I think it's obvious that one doesn't just decide to leave Star Wars, especially someone who's as big of a fan as Trank is.
Rumor is he proved to Simon Kinberg that he's extremely difficult to work with on the set of Fantastic Four, and so Kinberg (who's also attached to the Star Wars spin-off) wanted nothing to do with him. Even Max Landis tweeted out that this is "karma" for Trank. Whatever the case, I think it's obvious that one doesn't just decide to leave Star Wars, especially someone who's as big of a fan as Trank is.
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9:22PM on 05/01/2015

ok :|

Guess he wasn't happy when Disney told him he couldn't bring Michael B Jordan with him.
Guess he wasn't happy when Disney told him he couldn't bring Michael B Jordan with him.
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8:58PM on 05/01/2015
I bet he wanted to make Luke asian and change Leia to be his mother.
I bet he wanted to make Luke asian and change Leia to be his mother.
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8:50PM on 05/01/2015
Good!!!

Trank: trust me guys. Star wars found footage. Boom. Blockbuster

Star Wars Exec:..............

Thats how I pictured their meeting.
Good!!!

Trank: trust me guys. Star wars found footage. Boom. Blockbuster

Star Wars Exec:..............

Thats how I pictured their meeting.
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8:44PM on 05/01/2015
How on earth would someone decides to do a F4 reboot but quits directing a Star Wars movie???
I can't believe it was his decision... No, there is just no logical way...
How on earth would someone decides to do a F4 reboot but quits directing a Star Wars movie???
I can't believe it was his decision... No, there is just no logical way...
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9:08PM on 05/01/2015
And he had already been working on it, I think, They must not have liked his vision.
And he had already been working on it, I think, They must not have liked his vision.
8:21PM on 05/01/2015
too bad. sure hope it is not because they are not happy with his Fantastic Four.
too bad. sure hope it is not because they are not happy with his Fantastic Four.
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8:17PM on 05/01/2015
I guess Lucasfilm didn't want him to turn this new Star Wars film into Chronicle 3.
I guess Lucasfilm didn't want him to turn this new Star Wars film into Chronicle 3.
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8:31PM on 05/01/2015
And this should have been a neutral colored box.
And this should have been a neutral colored box.
8:16PM on 05/01/2015

Fine with me,

just find someone better.
just find someone better.
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