The second Star Wars spin-off release has been pushed further to 2019.
The decision came after Josh Trank, who was slated to direct the second spin-off, left the project, according to the official Star Wars website. Trank said he wants to “pursue some original creative opportunities.”
In a statement released on the website, he said, “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.”
Disney and Lucasfilm had announced that a series of anthology films was in the works. This was in addition to the Star Wars sequels, with “The Force Awakens” releasing this December. These anthology films would be a spin-off to the Star Wars mythology featured in Episodes One till Nine.
The first of these – “Rogue One,” directed by Gareth Edwards – is set to release in 2016. According to CNN, it will chronicle the time period between “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” and “Episode IV: A New Hope.”
According to Rolling Stone, Trank’s anthology was rumored to be about Han Solo and Princess Leia, and was expected to come out in 2018.
Trank’s absence at a panel also attended by Edwards at the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim was the first indication that the director and Star Wars were beginning to go their separate ways.
Trank had later tweeted he couldn’t attend the panel because of the “worst flu of my life.”
However, his “erratic” work on the upcoming Fantastic Four movie was what prompted Lucasfilm to find a replacement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A spokesman for 21st Century Fox said that the studio is “very happy with the movie and we can’t wait for audiences to see it,” though they admitted “there were definitely some bumps in the road.”
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