Breaking!! Josh Trank Departs 'Star Wars Spin-off' Film/Project!!

By Matt O'Bryant

As we all suspected according to the The Hollywood Reporter Director Josh Trank who most recently finished up work on the new Fantastic Four reboot is out as director of the second Star Wars Spinoff film in the new Anthology series being developed by Disney's Lucasfilm.

Josh Trank himself issued an official statement at the official Star Wars site saying:

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.

This news comes as no surprise to any Star Wars fan who has been keeping up with the news lately on the topic.  There were already rumblings back a few months ago about Trank's exit, word had gotten out that he wasn't quite the best to deal with on the set of Fantastic Four reboot.  There were also reports of him throwing temper tantrums on the set, refusing to work, and destroying set pieces, etc.

It was just a couple of weeks ago when the rumors really started to fly about, when Trank's scheduled appearance on a panel at Star Wars celebration was canceled, with Lucasfilm telling the public it was because Trank had became ill and could not make the trip.  Many people in the industry already suspected he was out of the project.

Disney VP of development Hart also released a statement:

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
— lucasfilm VP development Hart

Now let the speculation begin who will new director for the second Star Wars Anthology film be?  The next few weeks will be really interesting to see who selects to take Tranks spot.  We will keep you up to date on any news involving this situation.

So who would be your pick to replace Trank?  What Director have you always dreamed of directing a Star Wars film?  Leave your picks in the comments section below!