Director Josh Trank after much deliberation has decided to pull out of directing one of the stand alone ‘Star Wars’ movies.
‘The Fantastic 4’ director revealed that it was a difficult decision for him to make given that the original ‘Star Wars’ films have been a huge influence on him, but he would rather pursue some original projects.
Trank was officially revealed last June to be directing a standalone ‘Star Wars’ movie, which have since officially been titled Anthology films — set in the same continuity as the trilogies, yet telling separate stories.
You can read Tranks statement below in full:
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.
Lucasfilm VP of Development Kiri Hart added: “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.”