In this day and age, whenever someone departs a film, it’s big news. Especially when it’s for a huge franchise or property. Recently, Josh Trank, who’s also directed the new Fantastic Four movie that’s set to release soon, was announced to have left the second Star Wars Anthology film as director. What followed was a very weird account of why he had left, or even if he had left voluntarily. Now though, the director, while promoting Fantastic Four, has revealed his side of the story as to why he left Star Wars.
“I want to do something original after this because I’ve been living under public scrutiny, as you’ve seen, for the last four years of my life,” he said to Hero Complex. “And it’s not healthy for me right now in my life. I want to do something that’s below the radar. … I have a great relationship with everyone at Lucasfilm and with [Lucasfilm VP of development Kiri Hart]. And they all understood it because this whole experience for me has been very psychologically hard.”
He’s not wrong when he says he’s been under scrutiny. While the idea of a Fantastic Four reboot wasn’t bad in theory (there are those who wish it went back to Marvel instead of staying at Fox), some of the early leaks of the film had fans up in arms over what Trank was doing. Thinking about what could happen with a Star Wars film? It’s a little easier to understand his line of thinking.
Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four film is due out on August 7.