Josh Trank Gives Fans A Reason Why He Left ‘Star Wars’ & Denies Accusations Of Negligence

In a recent interview for Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex, Fantastic Four director, Josh Trank some new light was shed upon why he has decided to not helm an upcoming Star Wars spin-off film.

I knew that this was going to be questioned and it was going to come under skepticism as to why I left ‘Star Wars” he told LA Times’ Josh Rottenberg. “And it was hard. It was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life.”

He gave some more insight into his decision by stating:

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 elaborated. “And it’s not healthy for me right now in my life. I want to do something that’s below the radar.”

He also elaborated on his relationship with Lucasfilm.

“I have a great relationship with everyone at Lucasfilm and with Kiri Hart,” he stated. ”And they all understood it because this whole experience for me has been very psychologically hard.”

This should come as no surprise to those that have been following the controversy surrounding him for the past year. Trank has been recently caught up in a swirl of fan criticism and controversy mainly pertaining to the upcoming Fantastic Four film. 

Not only has he been criticized from fans of the comics, but has been accused of multiple negligent actions. The most notable accusation is that during the filming of Fantastic Four in New Orleans his dogs caused upwards of $100,000 in damages to a house that he had been renting out.  This is a rumor that he persistently denies.

“Please – it’s crazy and it’s not true,” he stated. “I have three pugs and a little Boston terrier – that’s all I’m saying. They’re fine. I’ve been living in another house for over a year now and there’s literally no problem. I love my landlord.”

He was also rumored to have had a feud with Fantastic Four co-writer Simon Kinberg, who also happens to be the producer of the aforementioned Star Wars spin-off film.

“None of those facts were true – and any of the facts that were true were spun in such a maliciously wrong way,” he stated.

It seems likely that much of the fan criticism, and allegations may not have been so obvious as many assumed.

Fantastic Four will hit theaters on August 7th of this year.

SOURCE:  Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex

(Christian Michael Stoic)

Heroic Staff

Heroic Staff

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