Josh Trank to Direct ‘Star Wars’ Standalone Movie

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“Chronicle” and “Fantastic Four”-helmer Josh Trank will direct a standalone “Star Wars” movie, Lucasfilm and Disney have announced.

The subject of the movie has not been revealed, but would feature characters from the “Star Wars” universe and not be part of the upcoming trilogy, starting with next year’s “Star Wars: Episode VII” that J.J. Abrams is currently lensing.

Trank’s deal follows Lucasfilm’s hiring of “Godzilla’s” Gareth Edwards to direct a separate standalone “Star Wars” adventure.

Disney has previously said it wants to release a new “Star Wars” film every year, following “Star Wars: Episode VII,” out Dec. 18, 2015. Last month, Disney chief Bob Iger said the company and Lucasfilm plan to produce three more films and “at least” three spinoffs over the next decade.

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“We’re thrilled to welcome Josh into the family,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “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.”

“The magic of the ‘Star Wars’ universe defined my entire childhood,” Trank said. “The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time.”

Trank is currently lensing “The Fantastic Four” for 20th Century Fox, scheduled to be released on June 19, 2015, with a sequel set for July 14, 2017. Film stars Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Miles Teller.

Trank is repped by WME and Management 360.

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  1. tom spud says:

    They just can’t leave it alone can they? Money, money, money, gimme, gimme, gimme. Let’s drain every last possible drop of blood out of every movie until the characters become so unbelievable and the story is so boring and stupid that the legacy of the originals is made a mockery of and in the end all we have is garbage and an insult to us; the customer……. Indiana Jones, Jaws, Superman, Batman, Freddy Krueger, Hell Raiser, Robocop, Terminator and now Star wars. Hollywood, stick the last 15 years of this rubbish up your chuffer, I’m out!

  2. John says:

    ROGUE SQUADRON

  3. Michael says:

    I heard awhile back that a Boba Fett trilogy was being planned. That could be great.

  4. Jim says:

    I bet it’s the Star Wars Christmas Special 2

  5. Bill Gulfo says:

    Can’t be any worse than the made for TV movies, think Ewok adventure and The Battle For Endor

  6. tony says:

    Lensing? Gravitational lensing?

    Eh?!

  7. bitter trekkie says:

    Why not, Darth Vader was black.

  8. Manuel says:

    Star Wars is going to eventually be bastardized so badly with all of these extra movies that it’s going to be on par with Twilight/Potter/HungerGames/InsertTeenieBopperSciFiMovieHere… Hollywood, systematically killing childhood memories for the sake of the almighty dollar one formerly great franchise at a time.

    • RC2 says:

      Yes – because the Marvel franchise is so blatantly failing…

    • bitter trekkie says:

      They’re gonna have to try very hard to equal the damage done to Star Wars by George Lucas through those godawful prequels. However, having seen the equally godawful Star Trek Into Darkness, I think JJ Abrams may be the man for the job.

      • Chris says:

        I agree. Into Darkness was terrible. I actually liked the first Abrams Star Trek. For all it’s flaws, it was still fun. Into Darkness was just a mess of generic shaky cam action with a silly and illogical story. The role reversal of the original Kirk-Spock death scene at the ending was eye roll inducing. I have literally zero interest in seeing anymore Abrams Star Trek films and now that he’s taking over Star Wars I’m going to do my very best to pretend the films don’t exist so that I can retain some semblance of my memories of the once great franchise in the back of my mind. It’s only a matter of time before he irrevocably shatters the legacy of Star Wars too. Joss Whedon was the only man who might have been able to recapture the spirit of the original films but we can forget that idea forever now. It’s too late.

      • Are you nuts?! Star Trek: Into Darkness is the best Star Trek movie of all time, with the possible exception of the original Wrath of Khan.

  9. David Epling says:

    Rogue Squadron Movie

  10. Yoda in a romantic comedy. Update of the frog and the princess !
    or …maybe…Pretty Woman meets The Empire Strikes Back !

    Or space version of Akira Kurosawa film Yojimbo (better known as its remake Clint Eastwood’s A Fistful of Dollars) with one lone space samurai playing off two bad guy empires against each other (with physical prowess and guile) by being the one in the middle.

    A space version of Jaws. With a trio of Star Wars characters having to kill the monster to save the holiday makers in the Universe.

    A space version of Agatha Christie’s ‘Then there were None’ or ‘Witness For The Prosecution’.

    A Star Wars version of ‘Where Eagles Dare’.

    A Star Wars version of ‘McKenna’s Gold’ with Hans Solo playing the Gregory Peck character. George Lucas would immediately see the gentle irony of this full circle movie.

  11. therealeverton says:

    Yes, Leia and/or Luke will be black n this film, despite remaining Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in the Episodes 7-9 films that surround it.

  12. Nathan G says:

    Please be a Boba Fett spinoff…

  13. Tyler Perry Presents: The Skywalker Family Reunion.

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