The LA Times has posted a new article where director Josh Trank sets the record straight on why he decided to leave the second Star Wars Anthology film.
Here are some quotes from both Josh Trank and Simon Kinberg from the article, where they try to put to rest the rumors surrounding Josh’s departure from “Star Wars:”
From Josh Trank:
“At first I was like, ‘I’m just not going to say anything because it will blow over. But I was shocked – it just hasn’t blown over. People get so excited to raise their pitchforks. “
“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.”
“I have a great relationship with everyone at Lucasfilm and with Kari Hart, and they all understood it because this whole experience for me has been very psychologically hard.”
From Simon Kinberg:
“I’ve been around some version of this for a long time,” said Kinberg, who credited Trank’s vision for “Fantastic Four” with convincing him to sign on to the project. “This, I would say, is particularly cruel. I haven’t really seen this level of vehemence against a filmmaker. And it’s surreal and unfair.
It’s disappointing to hear that Josh had to drop out of “Star Wars” due to fan scrutiny over the “Fantastic Four” film, but hopefully one day when he feels ha can do it, we will be able to see a Josh Trank “Star Wars” movie, as I was really looking forward to what he would do in a galaxy far, far, away.
Be sure to check out the full article over at The LA Times.