Disney has announced that Josh Trank has departed the Star Wars spinoff.
Trank was to direct the second of the Star Wars spinoffs, following Gareth Edwards' own, which has a May 2018 release.
According to the official info, Trank decided to leave.
“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 released by StarWars.com. "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. 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. May the Force be with you all.”
Lucasfilm VP of Development Kiri Hart added: “It was a privilege to collaborate with Josh. We are grateful for the energy and love of Star Wars that he brought to the process, and we wish him all the best.”
No replacement director has been announced as-of-yet.
Josh Trank has Fantastic Four for Fox coming out this August.