Director Josh Trank expressed his astonishment to the reactions his exit from Star Wars had garnered. In an interview with Los Angeles Times, he revealed that wanting to work on a project of a much lower profile than Star Wars after spending four years on Fantastic Four was what prompted him to drop out of the project developed by Disney and Lucasfilm.
He said, “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. And it’s not healthy for me right now in my life. I want to do something that’s below the radar.”
On May 1, when he announced his departure from the Star Wars project, Trank had said that he made 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.”
According to Variety, despite Trank citing personal reasons for his departure, there were rumors that he was fired from Star Wars because of his “erratic” behavior and an ensuing fall out between him and the Fantastic Four producer and co-writer Simon Kinberg.
However, both Trank and Kinberg dismissed the rumors during the interview.
Trank said, “None of those facts were true – and any of the facts that were true were spun in such a maliciously wrong way.”
Kinberg was of the opinion that the rumors were “particularly cruel.”
“I haven’t really seen this level of vehemence against a filmmaker. And it’s surreal and unfair,” he said.
Trank said, “It feels sometimes like I’m living in a Paddy Chayefsky script or something like that. 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.”
The untitled Star Wars movie, which will be the second of two spinoff movies developed jointly by Disney and Lucasfilm, is expected to release in 2019. The first spinoff film “Rogue One,” directed by Gareth Edwards, is slated for a release on December 16, 2016
Trank’s “Fantastic Four,” starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan, is scheduled to open on August 7.
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