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Josh Trank sets the record straight on his Star Wars departure

06.04.2015

When it was announced that Josh Trank would be stepping away from his STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY film, rumours were abound as to just what led to Trank's departure; in fact, they were were so prevalent that Josh Trank felt the need to publicly address his reasons in an interview with The LA Times. Trank knew that his decision was going to be questioned, but the director, who called the choice "the hardest decision I've ever had to make in my life," wasn't prepared for the amount of fervor the news would bring.

At first I was like, ‘I’m just not going to say anything because it will blow over. But I was shocked – it just hasn’t blown over. People get so excited to raise their pitchforks. I knew that this was going to be questioned and it was going to come under skepticism as to why I left Star Wars.

The rumours surrounding the reason behind Trank's departure, which I won't repeat here, came as a surprise to Trank who stated that "none of those facts were true – and any of the facts that were true were spun in such a maliciously wrong way." Trank added:

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.

As a result of the intense public scrutiny he's received, it should come as no surprise that Trank's next project will be one that comes without the baggage that STAR WARS and FANTASTIC FOUR bring:

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, and it’s not healthy for me right now in my life. I want to do something that’s below the radar.

A new director for the second STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY film has yet to have been announced, but the project is still scheduled for a 2018 release. Meanwhile FANTASTIC FOUR will open in theaters on August 7, 2015.

Source: The LA Times

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2:26AM on 06/06/2015
Go eat a bag of dicks Josh Trank, face it, your career in Hollywood is finished, good riddance!
Go eat a bag of dicks Josh Trank, face it, your career in Hollywood is finished, good riddance!
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3:40PM on 06/05/2015

If you think his explanation sounds vague:

Read the source article [link]page=1

It clarifies a lot.
Read the source article [link]page=1

It clarifies a lot.
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2:49PM on 06/05/2015
While he didn't really address the question, I feel sorry for the guy. I never understood the unadulterated hate for his Fantastic Four, a movie people just seemed geared to not just hate but destroy before even seeing a single frame of footage. Since when was Fantastic Four THAT sacred? I mean I get it to an extent, I'd love to see a golden era 60's Fantastic Four, but that's just not gonna happen. And now people want to bully him about losing Star Wars? Get over it. He's a guy that's still
While he didn't really address the question, I feel sorry for the guy. I never understood the unadulterated hate for his Fantastic Four, a movie people just seemed geared to not just hate but destroy before even seeing a single frame of footage. Since when was Fantastic Four THAT sacred? I mean I get it to an extent, I'd love to see a golden era 60's Fantastic Four, but that's just not gonna happen. And now people want to bully him about losing Star Wars? Get over it. He's a guy that's still getting to do what a chunk of us will only ever dream about yet find it so fun and easy to take shots at him from our computers. Good for him for wanting to do something original next.
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11:36AM on 06/05/2015
He says little or nothing as to why he actually left, or was removed from, Star Wars - but it's fun to speculate. I'm not a Trank-hater as such - I think the only thing of his I've seen is Chronicle and I enjoyed that, and I'm at least intrigued to actually see F4 because I want to know how different and possibly interesting it is, but if it gets terrible reviews I'll give it a miss 'til Blu-Ray.
He says little or nothing as to why he actually left, or was removed from, Star Wars - but it's fun to speculate. I'm not a Trank-hater as such - I think the only thing of his I've seen is Chronicle and I enjoyed that, and I'm at least intrigued to actually see F4 because I want to know how different and possibly interesting it is, but if it gets terrible reviews I'll give it a miss 'til Blu-Ray.
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10:22AM on 06/05/2015
Maybe I'm misreading the article, but where does he state "why" he left Star Wars? All he said is that everyone had the facts all wrong, but then stated none of the "true" facts.

I don't know whether it was him being fired from the project or leaving on his own. I could fully understand that he would want to try his hand at doing some of his own original work rather than get bogged down in another franchise movie. But has he really been living under public scrutiny for the last four
Maybe I'm misreading the article, but where does he state "why" he left Star Wars? All he said is that everyone had the facts all wrong, but then stated none of the "true" facts.

I don't know whether it was him being fired from the project or leaving on his own. I could fully understand that he would want to try his hand at doing some of his own original work rather than get bogged down in another franchise movie. But has he really been living under public scrutiny for the last four years? I find that hard to believe. He did Chroncile and from there went on to F4. Anything regarding F4 has only come out in the last year or so, any scrutiny over the film has only been prevalent in the past 8-12 months. I think this guy has a bit of an ego that he thinks people have been following him that closely since his one movie so far, Chronicle.

Got news for you Josh, no one really gives a shit about you.
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10:00AM on 06/05/2015
"I want to do something original after this because Iíve been living under public scrutiny, as youíve seen, for the last four years of my life, and itís not healthy for me right now in my life. I want to do something thatís below the radar." Good choice. For some reason every time I read something Trank says or hear him speak it just rubs me the wrong way. I can't really explain it.
"I want to do something original after this because Iíve been living under public scrutiny, as youíve seen, for the last four years of my life, and itís not healthy for me right now in my life. I want to do something thatís below the radar." Good choice. For some reason every time I read something Trank says or hear him speak it just rubs me the wrong way. I can't really explain it.
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9:31AM on 06/05/2015

The guy was in over his head with F4. How could he have done Star wars...

Truth is, Josh Trank was canned. He was removed from the project. Every exec saw F4 and vomited blood for days after. They saw the guy has no talent and would only put out a horrible Star Wars movie, so they fired his ass before he had a chance to do any damage.

Also they probably heard about his antics on the set of F4 and wanted more professional directors.
Truth is, Josh Trank was canned. He was removed from the project. Every exec saw F4 and vomited blood for days after. They saw the guy has no talent and would only put out a horrible Star Wars movie, so they fired his ass before he had a chance to do any damage.

Also they probably heard about his antics on the set of F4 and wanted more professional directors.
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7:58AM on 06/05/2015

very convincing Josh!

It would be hard to believe any reason he'd mention why he'd "left" the Star Wars director's chair. But he doesn't even give any reason at all! Just stay quiet, we all know you fucked up on Fantastic Four after which Kinberg pretty much fired you from Star Wars.
It would be hard to believe any reason he'd mention why he'd "left" the Star Wars director's chair. But he doesn't even give any reason at all! Just stay quiet, we all know you fucked up on Fantastic Four after which Kinberg pretty much fired you from Star Wars.
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3:32AM on 06/05/2015

Spin.

If you can speak strongly and passionately about why you actually left Star Wars and why these things aren't true, then OK. But just saying they aren't true isn't strong enough. Especially when everything points to the rumors being fact.
If you can speak strongly and passionately about why you actually left Star Wars and why these things aren't true, then OK. But just saying they aren't true isn't strong enough. Especially when everything points to the rumors being fact.
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12:12AM on 06/05/2015
Lol look at these comments. All stemmed from him casting a black actor as a fictional superhero, with no change to the family dynamic of the two characters at all. You guys need to grow up.

He's a good director, and I was sad to see him leave Star Wars, but I'm looking forward to seeing what he has next. Maybe he'll come around in a few years.
Lol look at these comments. All stemmed from him casting a black actor as a fictional superhero, with no change to the family dynamic of the two characters at all. You guys need to grow up.

He's a good director, and I was sad to see him leave Star Wars, but I'm looking forward to seeing what he has next. Maybe he'll come around in a few years.
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9:30AM on 06/05/2015
Why do you think this is a racial problem? Not everything is race related. It is almost racist just to play that card on every subject.

The fact is the guy is a hack director. He is a horrible person and was a terror to work with. There have been so many problems on set, with the script, with the actors, there is just no way this film can be any good.

Turning Dr. Doom into a journalist, Mr. Fantastic and the gang into kids and giving them jobs like "grocery clerk" are all signs that the
Why do you think this is a racial problem? Not everything is race related. It is almost racist just to play that card on every subject.

The fact is the guy is a hack director. He is a horrible person and was a terror to work with. There have been so many problems on set, with the script, with the actors, there is just no way this film can be any good.

Turning Dr. Doom into a journalist, Mr. Fantastic and the gang into kids and giving them jobs like "grocery clerk" are all signs that the movie has nothing to do with the comics.

We are going to be getting another AMS2. Just a shitty superhero movie where the focus isn't on the heroes but on the stupid antics of the kids and all of their love triangles and whatnot.
10:03AM on 06/05/2015
He's a director, I don't know if he had anything to do with casting. I don't blame him for that. I just don't like him because he comes across as a major tool bag.
He's a director, I don't know if he had anything to do with casting. I don't blame him for that. I just don't like him because he comes across as a major tool bag.
11:19AM on 06/05/2015
masterdebator88 ... You don't want him to point out racism yet you yourself "almost" call him a racist??
masterdebator88 ... You don't want him to point out racism yet you yourself "almost" call him a racist??
10:09PM on 06/04/2015
I'm calling bullshit on this dude. You DON'T turn down a chance to direct a Star Wars movie, period.
I'm calling bullshit on this dude. You DON'T turn down a chance to direct a Star Wars movie, period.
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11:14AM on 06/05/2015
Yet a dozen of directors turned down the chance to direct The Force Awakens. One of the directors that turned it down also happens to be the current director JJ Abrams, who obviously decided to take the job after being asked a second time. So yeah, it happens.
Yet a dozen of directors turned down the chance to direct The Force Awakens. One of the directors that turned it down also happens to be the current director JJ Abrams, who obviously decided to take the job after being asked a second time. So yeah, it happens.
9:59PM on 06/04/2015
Trank just seems like a douche bro
Trank just seems like a douche bro
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10:42PM on 06/04/2015
Looks like a massive douche too, if I might add.
Looks like a massive douche too, if I might add.
11:11PM on 06/04/2015
Agreed.
Agreed.
9:30PM on 06/04/2015
From the looks of the new Fantastic Four movie (which I really don't like), I'm glad he left the project.
From the looks of the new Fantastic Four movie (which I really don't like), I'm glad he left the project.
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9:16PM on 06/04/2015
After what I've seen from his trajectory, he's just not cut out for Star Wars... Yet. Maybe after he gets a couple more films under his belt but sadly, I kind of doubt it. I'm all for him tackling original projects, that's what we desperately need right now. And I truly hope that one day he can prove me wrong about his talent and caliber. I wish him the best.
After what I've seen from his trajectory, he's just not cut out for Star Wars... Yet. Maybe after he gets a couple more films under his belt but sadly, I kind of doubt it. I'm all for him tackling original projects, that's what we desperately need right now. And I truly hope that one day he can prove me wrong about his talent and caliber. I wish him the best.
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9:02PM on 06/04/2015
Sure Josh...Sure...we Believe you ;)

(GREEN BECAUSE IM GLAD HE GOT FIRED....I mean Quit.
Sure Josh...Sure...we Believe you ;)

(GREEN BECAUSE IM GLAD HE GOT FIRED....I mean Quit.
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8:37PM on 06/04/2015
I was thrilled to see him leave
I was thrilled to see him leave
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8:57PM on 06/04/2015
It's crazy to take a guy with one film credit and had him a film you expect to make better than $500 million. They seriously have to stop assuming these guys are geniuses based on one or two movies.
It's crazy to take a guy with one film credit and had him a film you expect to make better than $500 million. They seriously have to stop assuming these guys are geniuses based on one or two movies.
11:43PM on 06/04/2015
Absolutely
Absolutely
8:34PM on 06/04/2015

Bullshit detected....

...take precautions. The fucking guy had less than two feature films under his belt and was handed something any aspiring director would kick his own mother for and he just....let it go. Bullshit, he's saving face.
...take precautions. The fucking guy had less than two feature films under his belt and was handed something any aspiring director would kick his own mother for and he just....let it go. Bullshit, he's saving face.
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8:21PM on 06/04/2015
I don't think we're ever going to find out the true story of all this. It's shady enough that both parties had to lie about Josh Trank missing that Star Wars press conference with the "flu", and NOBODY turns down a shot at a Star Wars film if they care at all about their career. Add to that all the rumors and stories coming out of the Fantastic Four behind-the-scenes, and it's too much to ignore completely. I'm sure Trank isn't the monster that he's being made out to be, but where there's
I don't think we're ever going to find out the true story of all this. It's shady enough that both parties had to lie about Josh Trank missing that Star Wars press conference with the "flu", and NOBODY turns down a shot at a Star Wars film if they care at all about their career. Add to that all the rumors and stories coming out of the Fantastic Four behind-the-scenes, and it's too much to ignore completely. I'm sure Trank isn't the monster that he's being made out to be, but where there's smoke, there's usually fire.
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8:34PM on 06/04/2015
I agree with you. The stories of Trank being an out-of control coke-head and being a miserable asshole on the set might be BS, but there might be some truth to the stories. I think the only person who does know is Trank, and he ain't talkin'.
I agree with you. The stories of Trank being an out-of control coke-head and being a miserable asshole on the set might be BS, but there might be some truth to the stories. I think the only person who does know is Trank, and he ain't talkin'.
8:55PM on 06/04/2015
The stories I read had nothing to do with him being a "monster" on set. It was that he was disorganized, uncommunicative, and the filming was suffering because of him behaving like an amateur (which is what he is, considering his film repertoire).

Everything I've heard leads me to believe most of the stories I'd heard are probably true. The one thing everyone knows is true is that F4 has the worst buzz of any big release since John Carter. Most of that is from Trank's comments, or
The stories I read had nothing to do with him being a "monster" on set. It was that he was disorganized, uncommunicative, and the filming was suffering because of him behaving like an amateur (which is what he is, considering his film repertoire).

Everything I've heard leads me to believe most of the stories I'd heard are probably true. The one thing everyone knows is true is that F4 has the worst buzz of any big release since John Carter. Most of that is from Trank's comments, or things he reportedly said to the stars of the film (or his choices in what to release and when).
2:54PM on 06/05/2015
Brad Bird turned it down, eh? David Lynch? Lots of directors have turned Star Wars...
Brad Bird turned it down, eh? David Lynch? Lots of directors have turned Star Wars...
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