LucasFilm development VP Kiri Hart followed up Trank's statement with one of her own. It reads as follows:
"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."
Trank's exit is not all that surprising, but it has sparked an explosion of reports, insider details and conversations about why Trank left (or was fired) from the project. Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon has a fairly comprehensive piece on the whole ordeal, but most of the original details came from the article "Inside a 'Star Wars' Firing: 'Fantastic Four' Problems Led to Trank's Ouster" over at The Hollywood Reporter.
Firstly, The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Trank was asked to stay away from Star Wars Celebration by multiple LucasFilm and Disney officials. After multiple reports of misconduct on the set of Fantastic Four, Disney was starting to become quite concerned about working with the director. Among the allegations against Trank, reports cite that he left five of his dogs in a production house, causing $100,000 in damage. Others say that Trank was "erratic" and "isolated" during the production and that Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker were required to step in and finish the movie.
None of these reports have been confirmed by Fox and I doubt they ever will. But unfortunately, unless they say otherwise, this will be a big hit to Trank's career. However, if Fantastic Four is ultimately a success and the franchise is rejuvenated, maybe Trank's Hollywood future is saved as well. He's currently in contention for Fantastic Four 2, but I can see that changing very soon. All in all, Trank is not in good shape right now, but hopefully his career can get on the right track. Fantastic Four is set to hit theaters on August 7, 2015 while the untitled Star Wars Anthology film (now without a director) will hit theaters in 2018.
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