When Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four) no showed at Star Wars Celebration this year, fans of the franchise knew that the writing was likely on the wall for her furthered involvement in the series. Given reports of his erratic behavior on the set of Fantastic Four, his exit from the Star Wars spin-off that he was on to direct seemed like no surprise by the time it actually happened.
Today, speaking with the LA Times, Trank opens up about why he left the franchise, giving his side of the story:
I knew that this was going to be questioned and it was going to come under skepticism as to why I left ‘Star Wars’. And it was hard. It was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life… 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 and it’s not healthy for me right now in my life. I want to do something that’s below the radar.
Trank also commented directly on his biggest critics and states that he remains close with the team at Lucasfilm:
[T]hey all understood it because this whole experience for me has been very psychologically hard…It feels sometimes like I’m living in a Paddy Chayefsky script or something like that. Every misconception that could possibly be made about this has been made to a hilariously satirical degree. And it’s people who haven’t met me before. If they met me – I don’t know, I feel like I’m a pretty harmless person.
Perhaps Trank will get the last laugh here if his Fantastic Four becomes the big hit that Fox hopes it will be, or perhaps not. We’ll find out on August 7th.