Last month during Star Wars Celebration a panel was held for the upcoming spinoff films. One person that was absent from the panel, but was supposed to appear, was director Josh Trank. The reason given for his absence was the flu. This raised some red flags for people and with recent rumors that the Fantastic Four reboot needing reshoots — which were supposedly done by Brian K. Vaughn — this did not look good.
Now according to StarWars.com, Trank has officially announced he is leaving the project to pursue other original projects. He released the following statement:
“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.”
Apparently Fox isn’t too happy with Trank and some feel he might have taken on something he wasn’t quite ready for. With Simon Kinberg producing both the Fantastic Four reboot and the spinoff that Trank was to do, it is also rumored that he wasn’t comfortable with that idea with the problems the film has had. This might have also caused Disney to start having cold feet.
Overall this is unfortunate to hear. If true this doesn’t exactly bode well for Fantastic Four, this could be the last we see of Marvel’s “First Family” for some time. As for the Star Wars spinoff Trank was supposed to direct, it at least gives it a chance to find a director suited for the project.