Disney hires another great director.
You read it right, Josh Trank, who directed Chronicle and is directing the Fantastic Four reboot, has been hired to direct a stand alone Star Wars movie. This is the second hot young director Disney has hired (after Gareth Edwards just two weeks ago for the currently announced three stand alone films.
Say what you will about Chronicle (I liked it, Simon didn’t) it was really well directed and proved that Trank can do action well. The question now is which Star Wars movie will he be directing?
The three rumoured films are young Han Solo, Boba Fett, and Red 5 Squadron. I kind of hope that Edwards is doing Red 5, and honestly I think Trank could do any of them but given his previous experience with characters that can fly and do amazing feats, maybe he’s doing Boba Fett? That’s just idle speculation/wish making on my part though.
The real question now is: how long until Edgar Wright is announced as a Star Wars director?
The other big news here for me is that while marvel has revealed itself of late as an entirely producer driven enterprise (note: that’s not a bad thing), Maybe LucasFilm is director driven?
Interesting stuff with the Disney divisions, people!
Here’s the full release from StarWars.com:
In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney continue development of multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. The newest director to come on board is Josh Trank.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Josh into the family,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation. That makes him perfectly suited to Star Wars, and for this new slate of movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX.”
Trank states, “The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood. The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time.”
Trank captured imaginations worldwide with his critically lauded directorial debut Chronicle, a fresh and engaging take on the superhero genre. Trank is currently at work on The Fantastic Four for 20th Century Fox.