The Force is no longer with Josh Trank.
Less than two weeks after he was a no-show at the Star Wars Celebration panel in Anaheim, CA, the burgeoning director announced that he is dropping out of the untitled “Star Wars” stand-alone film.
“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,” Trank said in a statement. “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.”
Lucasfilm’s head of story, Kiri Hart, thanked Trank on his way out for his efforts to help bring his installment of the epic space odyssey to the big screen.
“It was a privilege to collaborate with Josh,” said Hart. “We are grateful for the energy and love of Star Wars that he brought to the process, and we wish him all the best.”
Don’t feel too bad for Trank, though. He’s the auteur behind the reboot of Marvel’s “The Fantastic Four,” which is set to hit theaters on August 7.
“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,” Trank added. “May the Force be with you all.”