Trank dis­cusses ‘Star Wars’ exit

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Josh Rot­ten­berg

When Josh Trank an­nounced May 1 that he was drop­ping out of a planned “Star Wars” spinoff film less than a year af­ter be­ing brought on to di­rect, it didn’t take a Jedi mas­ter to in­tuit that the news would cause a dis­tur­bance in the Force.

But speak­ing pub­licly about his de­par­ture from the project for the first time, Trank — the direc­tor of 2012’s sci-fi sleeper hit “Chron­i­cle” and the up­com­ing “Fan­tas­tic Four” re­boot — says he wasn’t pre­pared for just how nasty things would get.

“At first I was like, ‘I’m just not go­ing to say any­thing be­cause it will blow over,’ ” Trank told The Times in an in­ter­view for an up­com­ing Hero Com­plex mag­a­zine cover story on “Fan­tas­tic Four.” “But I was shocked — it just hasn’t blown over.... It was the hard­est de­ci­sion I’ve ever had to make in my life.”

In the orig­i­nal joint state­ment with Lu­cas­film an­nounc­ing his exit — which came less than two weeks af­ter he was a no-show at a panel at the Star Wars Cel­e­bra­tion con­ven­tion in Ana­heim — Trank said he was bow­ing out of the planned sec­ond “Star Wars” spinoff film to “pur­sue some orig­i­nal cre­ative op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

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