Director Departs Star Wars Spin-Off Movie
Mystery surrounds Josh Trank's departure from Lucasfilm project...
Josh Trank has announced that he has quit as director of one of the planned Star Wars spin-off movies.
The 31-year-old filmmaker, who is also helming a reboot of The Fantastic Four for Fox, claimed that he is seeking to pursue "original creative opportunities" instead.
He said in a statement: "After a year of having the incredible honour 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."
However The Hollywood Reporter claims that problems with the making of The Fantastic Four had caused alarm bells to ring at Lucasfilm.
THR reports that Trank "had raised eyebrows in April when he didn't appear as scheduled at a Star Wars celebration in Anaheim".
And it adds: "At the time, both Disney and the director cited illness as the cause but multiple knowledgeable sources say the studio had asked the filmmaker not to attend while considering whether to proceed with him on the second spinoff in a planned series of films."
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The filmmaker is alleged to have become "very isolated" and "erratic" during the making of The Fantastic Four.
A source was quoted as saying: "If you've got someone who can't answer questions or who isn't sure or is in hiding, that's not good."
The studio is now reported to be seeking a replacement director.