Josh Trank Leaves the ‘Star Wars’ Stand-Alone Film

Josh Trank Leaves the Star Wars Stand-Alone Film
Josh Trank on the set of ‘Chronicle’ (Photo © 2012 Twentieth Century Fox)

It appears one of the untitled Star Wars stand-alone films has lost its director. Josh Trank (Fantastic Four, Chronicle) was announced as director of the second Star Wars spin-off back in June 2014, but today he revealed he’s left the film to work on original projects.

Trank posted a statement on the Star Wars site:

“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.”

And Lucasfilm VP of Development Kiri Hart posted an official response to Trank’s exit: “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 second stand-alone Star Wars film is still moving forward and will enter theaters in 2018.

-By Rebecca Murray

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