On the heels of his missed appearance at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA, director Josh Trank has announced that he is leaving the Star Wars Anthology.
In a statement issued through the Star Wars web site, Trank says, “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.”
Since last June, Trank was set to direct the second installment of the newly-christened Anthology films, the first of which will be Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards. The Anthology films will be the collected stand-alone movies that run outside the “Episode” trilogy blocks of the main Star Wars story line.
Lucasfilm Vice President of Development Kiri Hart said, “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.”