When Disney bought the rights to Star Wars from George Lucas a few years ago, we all knew that they studio would be churning out a slew of material to promote the films it makes. But while there will be plenty of supplemental material like books and action figures, Disney is spinning Star Wars off into stand alone films, much like it has been doing with Marvel characters over the years.
A positive about this is that numerous high profile directors can take on a Star Wars film and make it their own, and the latest name to join rank is one of the better up and coming directors in the game today.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Josh Trank has landed a gig that many filmmakers are seeing presented to them as he will be heading up a stand alone Star Wars film that spins off the franchise’s story.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Josh into the family,” says 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.”
Trank is currently best known for his independent film Chronicle, which was a ‘found footage’ film about teenage superheros learning to deal with their new powers. He’s going to be channeling that into a Fantastic Four reboot for 20th Century Fox next summer before taking over the biggest project of his career in the stand alone Star Wars film.