Chronicle and Fantastic Four director, Josh Trank will no longer direct the upcoming untitled Star Wars Anthology movie for Disney and Lucasfilm.
Accompanied by Trank, the studio made the announcement on Friday (1st May).
“It was a privilege to collaborate with Josh,” Lucasfilm said in a statement. “We are grateful for the energy and love of ‘Star Wars’ that he brought to the process, and we wish him all the best.”
According to Variety, the reason for the departure is due to a clash between the director and screenwriter Simon Kinberg while filming 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot, due for release later this year.
The pair were apparently unhappy about working together again and given Kinberg is already heavily involved in the Star Wars universe having served as a creative consultant for Episode VII: The Force Awakens, it made sense for Trank to be the one to step down.
Trank failed to show at Disney’s Star Wars Celebration two weeks ago, leading to speculation that something serious was wrong. The director however quickly took to Twitter at the time to apologise, saying he had severe flu.
The untitled Star Wars Anthology movie isn’t due for release until at least 2019 and so there is plenty of time for Disney to find a replacement for Trank. Before that, of course, we have Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, starring Felicity Jones, due for release in 2016.
Trank is likely to be a busy man over the next couple of years anyway as 20th Century Fox have confirmed that they will press ahead with a Fantastic Four sequel though Trank is not officially attached as of yet.
You can see the director’s latest work, Fantastic Four later this year. Starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan, the reboot is due for release August 7, 2015.