The second stand-alone Star Wars film won't be directed by Josh Trank after all. In a post on StarWars.com, the filmmaker writes that "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 was a no-show at Star Wars Celebration last month
The untitled film that Trank has been working on was set to be the second of the Star Wars "anthology" films, a series of stand-alone movies that will be kicking off with Rogue One next year. However, he was conspicuously absent from the Star Wars Celebration event last month. Trank and Rogue One director Gareth Edwards had been slated to be part of a joint panel, billed "Conversations with Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank" on the final day of the convention. However, at the beginning of the event it was announced that Trank wouldn't be part of the panel because he had gotten unexpectedly ill. Instead, the panel delved deeply into Edwards' own Star Wars fandom and divulged the first public details about Rogue One.
However, there have been rampant rumors of problems with Trank's upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four. According to The Hollywood Reporter, writer-producer Simon Kinberg — who worked with Trank on Fantastic Four and the Star Wars project — was reluctant to tackle another film with him again. That lead Disney executives to ask the director to not attend Celebration before eventually deciding to part ways. Among other issues, Fantastic Four has seen last-minute reshoots in April, just months before its planned July release.
There's no word on who might be taking his place, but with filmmakers like J.J. Abrams, Rian Johnson, and Gareth Edwards part of this new era of Star Wars, whomever ends up winning the gig will be joining a team of incredibly respected and talented filmmakers.
In the meantime, feel free to watch that trailer for The Force Awakens as many times as you like.