As production on Star Wars Episode 7 continues to move at a brisk pace, Disney and Lucasfilm aren't wasting any time assembling the talent that will tackle the stand-alone spin-off films. When Disney bought Lucasfilm back in October of 2012, they announced plans for an additional trilogy (Episodes 7,8, &9) as well as 3 one standalone spinoff films that will take place between those episodes. Last month they hired Gareth Edwards, who is fresh off directing 'Godzilla' to helm the 2016 spin-off film. Edwards will be working with screenwriter Gary Whitta who wrote 'The Book of Eli' and last year’s box office dud 'After Earth'. Today they hired Josh Trank, director of 'Chronicle' (written by Max Landis) and the the currently filming 'Fantastic Four' reboot to direct the second spin-off film.
"We're thrilled to welcome Josh into the family," says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation. That makes him perfectly suited to Star Wars, and for this new slate of movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX."
Trank is really making a name for himself and building quite the resume. He really won audiences over with his work on 'Chronicle' and parlayed that success into the 'Fantastic Four' reboot which will be one of the many films coming out in the infamous Summer of 2015.
Trank commented, "The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood. The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time."
It's obvious that statement rings true, as he made a short film in late 2006 entitiled 'Stabbing at Leia's 22nd Birthday'. Feel free to check it out above.
There was no mention of a potential release date (guessing 2018) or a screenwriter in the release from Star Wars offical website. Trank wasn't mentioned as Writer/Director just the Director so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that this is the a spin-off film that Simon Kinberg is writing. One would think that Kinberg, who wrote the 'Fantastic Four' script could have put in the good word for Trank, as they have been working together on that movie for quite some time. Or maybe Lawrence Kasdan will be the writer, but I'm thinking he is going to be pretty busy co-writing Episodes 7, 8, & 9. What do you think? Sound off below!
CHRONICLE is a film directed by Josh Trank in his directorial debut, written by Max Landis based on a story by Trank & Landis. Three high-school seniors, Andrew (Dane DeHaan), his cousin Matt (Alex Russell) and super popular Steve (Michael B. Jordan also playing Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four) form a bond after gaining telekinetic abilities from an unknown object.