Star Wars: Josh Trank will no longer direct spin-off film to 'pursue original creative opportunities'

The director has been working on the second of three standalone spin-offs in the franchise

Neela Debnath
Sunday 03 May 2015 11:59
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Fantastic Four director Josh Trank
Fantastic Four director Josh Trank

The director of a forthcoming Star Wars anthology film has departed from the production to ‘pursue original creative opportunities’.

Josh Trank announced that he was leaving the film on Friday and issued a statement in which he said, “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 also released a statement from the vice president of Development Kiri Hart saying, “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.”

The Fantastic Four director, Trank, had been working on the second of a series of three standalone spin-off films for over a year, with the as-yet-untitled project is due to be released in 2019.

Star Wars: Rogue One director Gareth Edwards

It is believed that the director was not looking forward to working with screenwriter Simon Kinberg after the pair had had differences during the making of the rebooted Fantastic Four film, according to Variety.

British director Gareth Edwards is working on the first Star Wars spin-off Rogue One, starring The Theory of Everything actress Felicity Jones in the lead role.

Rogue One is also rumoured to be starring Sam Claflin, Ben Mendelsohn and Riz Ahmed. The new film will focus on a group of resistance fighters who plan to steal the plans for the Death Star and will not feature Jedis.

The Independent has approached Trank's representatives for comment.

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