Josh Trank Dismissed from Star Wars Spinoff

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I’m looking forward to a lot of movies in the future. Two of which include the reboot of Fantastic Four and Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. These two features are linked (sort of) by one figure: director Josh Trank. Trank is the director of Fantastic Four and he is also the director of a Star Wars Spinoff, which is speculated to be the sequel to Rogue One. Or at least he was. Reports have come in that Trank has been relieved of his duties as director of the Star Wars installment and he could possibly be replaced as the director of a possible Fantastic Four sequel.

Josh Trank burst on the mainstream scene with the sci-fi/mockudrama Chronicle, which I found highly entertaining and I was curious to see how he would handle rebooted the Marvel franchise. I heard that he was tapped to direct a Star Wars spinoff months ago and I was curious to see what he would bring to the Star Wars universe. There is no doubt that he is a talented director but the article suggests that even the talented have issues that people cannot look past.

producers on Fantastic Four are said to have faced great challenges pulling the film together given behavior described by one insider as “erratic” and at times “very isolated.” Trank did not offer clear direction, this person adds, saying, “If you’ve got someone who can’t answer questions or who isn’t sure or is in hiding, that’s not good.”

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Image by Marvel & 20th Century FoxSources indicate that Trank was dismissed because of BTS issues on the production of Fantastic Four and complicated relationships with producers including Simon Kinberg. Disney and Lucasfilm are currently looking for his replacement.

an insider says: “No question there’s talent there. You can’t do Chronicle by accident.” But Trank seemed “like one of these kids who comes to the NBA with all the talent and none of the character-based skills to handle it. There’s equipment he doesn’t yet have.”

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Fantastic Four is due in theaters on August 7, 2015. The Star Wars spinoff is scheduled for a 2019 release date.


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