Josh Trank Leaves STAR WARS Directing Job

Up-and-coming young director Josh Trank has decided against directing a STAR WARS spin-off.

Rumors have swirled ever since Josh Trank missed out on STAR WARS Celebration two weeks ago citing extreme illness, but now it’s official: The young director behind CHRONICLE and the new FANTASTIC FOUR film coming in August will not be directing a STAR WARS spin-off after all.

Trank was originally tapped in June of 2014 to direct a second STAR WARS anthology spin-off, which would come after Gareth Edward’s STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE spin-off and likely Episode VIII as well.

Here’s the official statement from Josh Trank:

“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 has also issued a statement that implies an amiable split, despite rumors that producer Simon Kinberg got cold feet about working with Trank after working with him on THE FANTASTIC FOUR.

Allegedly, Lucasfilm has already begun the search of his replacement.