Josh Trank reveals why he left Star Wars


Josh Trank was originally supposed to direct a Star Wars spin-off after Gareth Evans’s Star Wars: Rogue One. The first big sign of something feeling off was when the Trank was a no-show at Star Wars Celebration. Soon after it was announced that he would no longer be directing the film. Rumor has it that Trank did not mesh well with Simon Kinberg during the Fantastic Four reboot, so it was reported that the two didn’t want to collaborate again for the Star Wars spin-off.

Now Trank, in his own words, reveals why he left the Star Wars franchise, and it’s mainly due to the public outcry.

“At first I was like, ‘I’m just not going to say anything because it will blow over,’” Trank told LA Times last week. “But I was shocked – it just hasn’t blown over. People get so excited to raise their pitchforks.”

And the fans did react negatively. The director hasn’t been in a good spotlight ever since he tackled the Fantastic Four movie. Many Fantastic Four fans were unhappy with the direction of the superhero reboot, and now Star Wars fans are happy that he isn’t a part of Star Wars.

“I knew that this was going to be questioned and it was going to come under skepticism as to why I left ‘Star Wars,’” he continued. “And it was hard. It was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life.”

Initially Trank said that he’s stepping down from directing a Star Wars movie because he wanted to “pursue some original creative opportunities.”

According to Trank, those allegations are false.

“None of those facts were true – and any of the facts that were true were spun in such a maliciously wrong way,” he said.

Trank then talked about the rumor of him trashing the Fantastic Four set.

“If you ask anybody by name who I’ve worked with, from Simon to [producer] Hutch [Parker] or my crew or anybody else, they’d be like, ‘We’ve been working really hard on this movie and we’ve had an excellent time working together,’ ” he said. “It’s been a challenging movie – for all of the right reasons.”

He also talked about reports of his dog causing $100,000 in damage at a house.

“Please – it’s crazy and it’s not true,” he said. “I have three pugs and a little Boston terrier – that’s all I’m saying. They’re fine. I’ve been living in another house for over a year now and there’s literally no problem. I love my landlord.”

Let’s not forget about the reports saying Trank was going off on 4Chan users.

“Everybody wanted to go out there and say, ‘Josh has lost his mind,’” he said. “It’s just been an avalanche of things.”

Trank said that Star Wars was “one of my biggest influences.”

Well, it looks like the public outcry he received for Fantastic Four was too much, and he didn’t want to experience that again with another popular franchise.

“I want to do something original after this because I’ve been living under public scrutiny, as you’ve seen, for the last four years of my life,” he said. “And it’s not healthy for me right now in my life. I want to do something that’s below the radar.”

“I have a great relationship with everyone at Lucasfilm and with Kari Hart,” he continued. “And they all understood it because this whole experience for me has been very psychologically hard.”

Kinberg chimes in about how the public can be very negative on his own projects.

“I’ve been around some version of this for a long time,” said Kinberg. “This, I would say, is particularly cruel. I haven’t really seen this level of vehemence against a filmmaker. And it’s surreal and unfair.”

“Simon and I have become closer friends through this,” Trank said. “To have the rest of the world – other than the people who know us – think that we’re in some blood feud with each other over something…”

“It feels sometimes like I’m living in a Paddy Chayefsky script or something like that,” he said with a dark laugh. “Every misconception that could possibly be made about this has been made to a hilariously satirical degree. And it’s people who haven’t met me before. If they met me – I don’t know, I feel like I’m a pretty harmless person.”

So are these reports false? Is the Internet out to get him? What do you think? Sound off below!

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