Josh Trank announced he would no longer be directing a Star Wars spin-off film. He released a statement thanking the powers that be for giving him the opportunity and somewhat explained his departure.
"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."
News of his departure isn't really a surprise. He did not show up at the recent Star Wars Celebration 2015 festival last month in California. At the time he said he had the flu, but in recent weeks, there has been a growing rumor that Disney actually asked him to not attend. According to the Hollywood Reporter, though showing great promise as a director, he had trouble performing during the production of Fox's Fantastic Four, and producer Simon Kinberg wasn't looking forward to reliving that experience for a second time with the untitled anthology film, which is slated to hit theaters in 2018.
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