Last month, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that at least three ‘Star Wars’ spinoffs were in development. Then nearly two weeks ago, it was revealed that the first ‘Star Wars’ spinoff would be directed by Gareth Edwards of ‘Godzilla’ and penned by ‘After Earth’ and ‘The Book of Eli’ scribe Gary Whitta. Now shortly after one of these supposed origin stories has been taken off the table, we have word about another one of these stand-alone films that are meant to expand this beloved cinematic universe.
Today, StarWars.com announced that Josh Trank would helm his own ‘Star Wars’ movie to offer a new story that goes beyond the core Saga. Known for his innovative directorial debut ‘Chronicle’, which offered an interesting new take on the superhero genre, Trank is also working on ‘The Fantastic Four’, a reboot of 20th Century Fox’s version of Marvel’s First Family.
Just like many young people today, Trank was a fan of the original ‘Star Wars’ films and he seems ecstatic to be planning a trip to a galaxy far, far away:
“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.”
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy also weighed in on the new addition to the already impressive roster of filmmakers that will shape the new chapter of ‘Star Wars’ mythology under the Disney banner:
“We’re thrilled to welcome Josh into the family. 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.”
While still in the early stages of his career, Trank has certainly shown that he’s capable of great things behind a camera. What do you think about him tackling an upcoming ‘Star Wars’ stand-alone film? Any theories about who or what his movie could be about? Share your thoughts in the comments below.