Director Josh Trank Leaves

Allow it to be fast and we are going to treat this like a band aid.

Director Josh Trank has left the Star Wars universe.

Trank, known for directing the significantly underappreciated Chronicle (even though he became among the youngest managers to start a movie at number one at the US box office,) and the forthcoming Fantastic Four, was assumed to direct the second spinoff in the new show of pictures. Instead, he wrote on the official Star Wars site:

After annually of having the unbelievable honour of developing with the amazing and talented folks at Lucasfilm, I am making your own choice to move forward on another course. I have set a boatload of thought and I know deep down within my heart that I would like to pursue some creative chances that are initial. Having said that, the Star Wars universe is definitely one of my biggest influences, and I could not be more excited to see its future. I would like to thank my buddies Kiri Hart, Kathleen Kennedy, Simon Kinberg, and everyone at Disney and Lucasfilm for the incredible chance to have been part with this. May the Force be with you.

Trank attributed his lack at the Disney’s Star Wars Party in April by tweeting “worst flu of my life,” but sources say he was requested by Disney executives not to attend to the function.

The rumors continue that Fox is miserable with Trank’s performance on Fantastic Four, and the producer Kinberg, who’s also making the second Star Wars spinoff, had a case of cold feet towards Trank, which will be very disturbing to lovers. Trank, as a manager, offers a fearless approach, but also an unique purpose of a perspective. While Fantastic Four may not be the next Avengers, which already has a built in fanbase, it is definitely not a movie to be missed, particularly with Michael B. Jordan, one of the largest new talents, who also appeared in Chronicle.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for launch Dec. 18. The first standalone film, Star Wars: Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards, will follow in December 2016.