LucasFilm announced today that Josh Trank, who was set to direct the second Star Wars Anthology movie back in June, has decided to step away from the project. LucasFilm will continue to develop the sci-fi adventure, although no replacement was named for Josh Trank quite yet. You may recall that the filmmaker was scheduled to appear at Star Wars Celebration last month, but he failed to appear, claiming he had "the worst flu of his life," but now it seems that he may not have showed up because he had left the project. Here's what the filmmaker had to say in a statement.
"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. 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 also issued the following statement.
"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."
Disney and LucasFilm have not released any plot details about this Star Wars Anthology movie at this time. The studios are currently prepping the first spinoff, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, which stars Felicity Jones and is set for release on December 16, 2016. Josh Trank's next directorial effort, Fantastic Four, hits theaters on August 7. Who do you think should step in to replace the director? Let us know what you think below.