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Josh Trank Wants Fantastic Four Erased

Josh Tranks slams the Fantastic Four movie in a tweet which sees him “gladly” want to follow a Twitter account dedicated to erasing the film from existence. Six days ago saw Josh Trank comment about a crowd-funding campaign asking to digitally erase the rat from the end of The Departed. “The rat was the filmmaker’s …

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Josh Trank Blames Fox For Ruining Fantastic Four

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Director Josh Trank has tweeted and since deleted a post on Twitter that blames Fox for ruining his Fantastic Four movie.

Fantastic Four currently sits at only a 9% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes as reviews have been absolutely crushing the movie. Our own review offered to not even bother spending your money to go see it. Just yesterday also saw Hollywood producer Adi Shankar offer he would like to remake Fantastic Four and explained how Fox missed the boat on a potential shared FF/X-Men universe.

Regarding Trank, he posted: “A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve recieved great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.”

There have been rumors about production woes regarding Trank and Fox for some time, with it also mentioned reshoots were filmed without Tranks input. If Trank’s words are anything to go by, it seems Trank didn’t have much or anything to do with the final cut of the movie.

Here is the tweet:

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“Fantastic Four” is currently in theaters.

Synopsis:

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Fantastic Four Trailer:

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Fox Cancels Fantastic Four 3D Conversion

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It’s learned that Fox has cancelled plans to convert Fantastic Four to 3D.

Following early promotions that listed RealD 3D on the footage, it’s now been confirmed by Josh Trank that Fantastic Four will only be in 2D.

I want the viewing experience of Fantastic Four to remain as pure as possible for the audience, which means in 2D, just as we shot the movie.” 

As the UK’s Final Reel notes, there was actually an earlier rumor that Fox scrapped plans to convert Fantastic Four into 3D because of budget restraints that saw the money used for reshoots, with it also rumored that Simon Kinberg filmed the re-shoots due to problems with Trank while filming FF.

“Fantastic Four” has an August 7, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank from a screenplay by Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg and Josh Trank; produced by Matthew Vaughn, Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Robert Kulzar and Gregory Goodman; starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell.

Synopsis:

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Trailer:

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Josh Trank & Simon Kinberg Defend Fantastic Four Casting

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With Fantastic Four only about two months away, we hear from Simon Kinberg and Josh Trank as they talk about the controversy surrounding the casting of the movie.

What’s interesting is not only do the two talk about Michael B. Jordan being cast as Johnny Storm, but also Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm, aka The Thing.

“I knew it was going to get ugly,” Trank told the LA Times, who himself is a part of a mixed family. “I get it. I have a lot of friends who are older than me who are comic fans and it’s really hard for them to be on board with a change like that. Fantastic Four has been theirs for longer than I’ve been alive. It hasn’t been mine.”

Tranks continues with the argument that Fantastic Four is more similar to the real world.

“… you can’t just keep telling it the same way over and over again,” Trank offered. “And I think it only helps the world to be more honest with young kids, to show them the world that they go walk outside and see.”

Now regarding Jamie Bell as The Thing, Simon Kingberg steps in to offer an explanation.

“The change of Jamie as Ben being a smaller guy instead of a bigger guy, for example, was for a purpose,” Kinberg explained. “It’s more dramatic when that character becomes a huge rock creature – that’s a bigger transformation. The notion of a working-class tough guy who’s been pushed around by his bigger brothers his whole life seemed like a more interesting character than the guy who started as a football player and just ended up being 4 inches taller.”

Kinberg continues by comparing the Fantastic Four casting to that of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.

“If you look at Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, everybody was upset at first that Wolverine was tall and now nobody can imagine anybody else other than Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine.”

“Fantastic Four” has an August 7, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank from a screenplay by Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg and Josh Trank; produced by Matthew Vaughn, Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Robert Kulzar and Gregory Goodman; starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell.

Synopsis:

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Trailer:

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Josh Trank Fired From Star Wars Because Of Fantastic Four Problems

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Disney just announced that Josh Trank had left Star Wars, and now details as to the possible reasoning behind the departure are becoming known.

THR is now stating that Trank was fired from Star Wars due to problems on the set of Fox’s Fantastic Four movie.

Actually, word first surfaced about problems with Trank’s behavior while filming Fantastic Four months ago as anonymous posts on the TigerDroppings.com message boards surfaced in November 2014 that mirror THR’s own report.

One anonymous poster even stated Trank would not be doing the spinoff (or any other movies for that matter):

Trank did so much damage to the house that Jim Gianopulos came to Baton Rouge and personally apologized to the owners. Trust me, Trank’s career is done. There will be no major study sequels or spin offs for him. He’ll be lucky to get the sequel to a Stabbing at Leia’s 21st Birthday.

Another post reads:

After the crap Trank pulled in Baton Rouge, i doubt he ever directs a studio picture again. He will certainly never work for Fox. At this point that F4 reboot might never get released.

Another:

A buddy of mine was on the crew. Trank showed up to set late or so high he couldn’t speak almost everyday. Some days he didn’t show up at all. He treated crew terribly. He trashed the house the production company rented for him. From what I’m told he did a couple hundred grand worth of damage.

Another post says that Trank was fired following filming:

Also heard he was fired after wrapping and other are working on it post production.

Note: The THR reports states “producers Simon Kinber and Hutch Parker had to step in to help pull the film together” and “given the issues with Trank’s performance, the production added Stephen Rivkin to help pull the film together.”

The TigerDroppings message board also stated major reshoots were taking place in LA:

I am working with some of the crew on another movie down here. They were told FF is reshooting the entire third act in LA because of how bad it came out.

THR seems to downplay the reshoots as well as the damage to the house. THR states “small dogs” were responsible for $100,000 in damage to the house, and regarding the reshoots, THR says the actors only re-filmed on weekends due to other commitments, and that the most recently reshoots took place at the end of April. Kinberg actually had to leave recent filming on X-Men: Apocalypse to help finish Fantastic Four.

THR’s report does offer the following regarding Trank’s issues:

…sources say reports of the young director’s unusual conduct during the making of Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four movie had raised alarm among Lucasfilm executives that were entrusting him with the second Star Wars standalone film.

…behavior described by one insider as “erratic” and at times “very isolated.” Trank did not offer clear direction, this person adds, saying, “If you’ve got someone who can’t answer questions or who isn’t sure or is in hiding, that’s not good.”

…A Fox spokesman says the studio is “very happy with the movie and we can’t wait for audiences to see it” but acknowledges, “There were definitely some bumps in the road.”

…Trank seemed “like one of these kids who comes to the NBA with all the talent and none of the character-based skills to handle it. There’s equipment he doesn’t yet have.”

…According to sources, Trank was sometimes indecisive and uncommunicative.

THR also says Simon Kinberg, who wrote/produced Fantastic Four and produces Star Wars, is the one to have communicated his displeasure with Trank straight to LucasFilm’s Kathleen Kennedy. As the Disney exes heard more about the problems, it’s said “they became less confident in handing over the film to him.”

The Star Wars spinoff is slated for a May 2018 release; “Fantastic Four” hits this August.

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Josh Trank Departs Star Wars Spinoff

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Disney has announced that Josh Trank has departed the Star Wars spinoff.

Trank was to direct the second of the Star Wars spinoffs, following Gareth Edwards’ own, which has a May 2018 release.

According to the official info, Trank decided to leave. 

“After a year of having the incredible honor of developing with the wonderful and talented people at Lucasfilm, I’m making a personal decision to move forward on a different path.” Trank said in a statement released by StarWars.com. “I’ve put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and I know deep down in my heart that I want to pursue some original creative opportunities. That said, the Star Wars universe has always been one of my biggest influences, and I couldn’t be more excited to witness its future alongside my millions of fellow Star Wars fans. I want to thank my friends Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart, Simon Kinberg, and everyone at Lucasfilm and Disney for the amazing opportunity to have been a part of this. May the Force be with you all.”

Lucasfilm VP of Development Kiri Hart added: “It was a privilege to collaborate with Josh.  We are grateful for the energy and love of Star Wars that he brought to the process, and we wish him all the best.”

No replacement director has been announced as-of-yet.

Josh Trank has Fantastic Four for Fox coming out this August.

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Watch Fantastic Four Cast Commentary Videos

Promotion looks to be finally kicking off for the Fantastic Four movie as Fox recently officially released the alternate trailer, and now video of Josh Tran has been released talking about actor Jamie Bell’s transformation into Ben Grimm.

Check it out above.

Udpdated: with three more for Michael B. Jordan, Miles Tellear and Kate Mara.

Fantastic Four has an August 7, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank from a screenplay by Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg and Josh Trank; produced by Matthew Vaughn, Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Robert Kulzar and Gregory Goodman; starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell.

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Synopsis:

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Trailer:

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Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank Confirmed For Star Wars Celebration

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It was previously stated Disney would be promoting the first spinoff, Star Wars: Rogue One, at next month’s Star Wars Celebration event.

Now Disney has confirmed that director Gareth Edwards will be in attendance in addition to Fantastic Four‘s Josh Trank, who will be directing the 2018 Star Wars spinoff.

Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart and Pablo Hidalgo will be joined by directors Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank, who will share their experiences as the newest members of the Lucasfilm creative family. Learn how the teams came together and are collaborating to conceive and create the upcoming stand-alone films in the galaxy far, far away.

Sunday, 11am-12pm
The Celebration Stage

Star Wars Celebration takes place in Anaheim, California April 16-19, which will also feature Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and Billy Dee Williams.

Star Wars: Rogue One has a December 16, 2016 release starring Felicity Jones.

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Watch: Fantastic Four Trailer Breakdown With Josh Trank & Simon Kinberg

Fox released the Fantastic Four trailer today, and now check out video above featuring Josh Trank and Simon Kinberg breaking it down.

Some animated gifs accompanied the article on Yahoo as well:

“Fantastic Four” has an August 7, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank starring Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm,  Kate Mara as Sue Storm and Toby Kebbell as Victor von Doom.

Synopsis:

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

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First Look At Michael B. Jordan In Fantastic Four

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Check out some first look images at Fantastic Four below as Fox has officially released set images featuring Michael B. Jordan, Simon Kinberg (screenwriter/producer) and director Josh Trank.

The Collider spoke with Trank and Kinberg who offered some details:

Fantastic Four looks to be about 2 hours to 2 hours and twenty minutes in length.

Regarding why the movie hasn’t been promoted just yet, Tranks defends the reasoning as he would rather have everyone see the finished product: “I’d rather show people what it looks like when it’s done.”

Trank compares FF to a David Cronberg movie and offers it’s more of a hard science-fiction reboot than a straight superhero movie.

Regarding a black Johnny Storm and a white Sue Storm, Trank offers: “I have mixed family in my own family and it’s something that isn’t out of the ordinary anymore but we don’t really see it portrayed in the casual reality of the movies.  That’s something I felt that would be interesting and challenging, to have mixed siblings.”

Kinberg says the Ultimate comics were the biggest influence from Marvel:  “Yeah, I think The Ultimates is probably our biggest influence because it’s the younger Fantastic Four.  And a lot of the science specifics are there.  And a lot of the means of transformation we took from those books. As you’ll see a little bit in the trailer and a lot in the movie, there are influences really from the beginning of what Kirby and Stan were doing in the 60’s all the way up into the present day. This is an origin story in many regards and it is inspired by The Ultimate Fantastic Four as much as anything else.”

Tranks says the Negative Zone “could be there in the movie.”

Kinberg says there are lot of Easter Eggs in the movie and one in the trailer.

Simon Kinberg confirms there are talks about a potential Fantastic Four and X-Men shared movie universe, as leaked e-mails as a result of the Sony hack stated a planned Fantastic Four and X-Men movie is underway:  “The extra challenge is that the X-Men films so far don’t acknowledge the Fantastic Four and the Fantastic Four takes place essentially in the same time period as the X-Men movies, the modern day.  So they have challenges.  But there are certainly conversations.”

“Fantastic Four” has an August 7, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank starring Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm,  Kate Mara as Sue Storm and Toby Kebbell as Victor von Doom.

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Matthew Vaughn Says Fantastic Four Is A Good Movie

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The Fantastic Four reboot has been taking a lot of heat.

There is the obvious in that Johnny Storm, ak The Human Torch, is being played by Michael B. Jordan.

There is mention of the new Doctor Doom being a computer hacker.

In addition, there has been talk that Marvel Comics has cancelled their Fantastic Four comic book because the CEO of Marvel, Ike Perlmutter, is at odds with Fox Studios over the film rights and ordered the cancellation. Marvel Comics even killed off the Fantastic Four movie cast.

The latest saw a possible logo image of the Fantastic Four movie leaked, which included details about the movie.

There is also the fact that Fantastic Four opens in about seven months, and Fox has yet to release a trailer or promote the film.

While all that might sound like a recipe for a disaster, some good news comes in the form of comments from Matthew Vaughn, producer on Fantastic Four.

Vaughn, known for Kick-Ass and the upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service, has seen the Fantastic Four movie and says it’s good; however, there is one catch – if you liked Chronicle.

“I’ve seen the movie, it’s good,” Vaughn told Flickering Myth.“I thought Chronicle was a fantastic movie and [Josh] Trank has gone off and done his version of Fantastic Four. If you like Chronicle, then you’ll like this.”

Chronicle was Trank’s 2012 hit found-footage movie, written by Max Landis, that starred Jordan. The movie saw high-schoolers gain superpowers and followed their experiences and discoveries in real-world fashion. Josh Trank is also Disney’s choice to helm a Star Wars spinoff.

“We’re all backing Josh Trank’s vision,” Vaughn added. “And hopefully the world will like Josh Trank’s vision.”

Leaked e-mails as a result of the Sony hack also revealed Fox has plans for a Fantastic Four and X-Men crossover movie.

The latest regarding the Fantastic Four trailer is that it might be attached to Vaughn’s Secret Service, which gets released February 13th.

“Fantastic Four” has an August 7, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank starring Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm, Kate Mara as Sue Storm and Toby Kebbell as Victor von Doom.

Synopsis:

THE FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. 

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Josh Trank Fantastic Four Gets A New Release Date

Fox Studios has announced the Josh Trank-directed Fantastic Four reboot will have a new release date with August 7, 2015.

That moves the film back by about two months, from its previous release date of June 19th.

Fantastic Four now shares the same release date as Assassin’s Creed, which will star Michael Fassbender, and the Jack Black Goosebumps movie.

Not much is known about the Fantastic Four movie other than it’s been said it will be a more realistic approach on the characters.

Leaked images of The Thing and Doctor Strange have also hit the net.

Fantastic Fourstas Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm, Kate Mara as Sue Storm and Toby Kebbell as Victor von Doom.

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Fantastic Four First Look Later This Year; Josh Trank On Black Human Torch & More

Fantastic Four director Josh Trank just confirmed the first look at The Thing and also mentioned he wrapped on the movie.

Now Trank answers a few questions on Twitter ranging from when we will get a first look at Fantastic Four footage to Michael B. Jordan playing the Human Torch as well as mention of the possible costumes. 

Trank rewteeted a gift package that Jaylen Moore received from Fox where we see the movie is referred to as “The Fantastic Four” with a “4” logo.

Check out the Twitter QnA below.

Update: It’s being said the Twitter account is fake and has since been deleted.

“Fantastic Four” has a June 19, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank starring Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm,  Kate Mara as Sue Storm and Toby Kebbell as Victor von Doom.

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Josh Trank Confirms First Look At The Thing In Fantastic Four

Previously first seen as a leaked image with Fox Studios sending out take down notices, now Fantastic Four director Josh Trank has confirmed a first look at The Thing as well as announcing he has wrapped the film.

Update: Trank also participates in a Twitter QnA mentioning the costumes, first look and more.

Update #2: It’s being said the Twitter account was a fake and has since been deleted.

Fantastic Four” has a June 19, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank starring Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm,  Kate Mara as Sue Storm and Toby Kebbell as Victor von Doom.

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Now The Fantastic Four Aren’t Superheroes: They Are Disabled

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The Fantastic Four won’t be wearing costumes.

The Fantastic Four won’t be referred to as the “Fantastic Four.”

The cast doesn’t like to read comics, but that doesn’t matter as the plot has nothing to do with the comics, anyway.

Now it’s learned the Fantastic Four aren’t even superheroes.

Michael B. Jordan spoke with MTV revealing Josh Trank’s take on Marvel’s first superhero team is a bit different.

Josh’s vision is very clear and he knows exactly what he wants, and he gives us room to adapt and to play. That’s what I kind of think sets us apart, is that this is going to be grounded and unconventional.

It’s not your typical superhero film, you know, we aren’t looking at this as like, being superheroes. We’re more or less a bunch of kids that had an accident and we have disabilities now that we have to cope with, and try to find a life afterwards – try to be as normal as we can.

Fantastic Four” has a June 19, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank starring Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm,  Kate Mara as Sue Storm and Toby Kebbell as Victor von Doom.

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Josh Trank Fantastic Four Movie Has Nothing To Do With The Comics

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If you have been following all the Fantastic Four news, this shouldn’t come to that much of a surprise, especially considering no costumes will be used and they won’t be referring to the characters as the Fantastic Four. You could also arguably add to that the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch.

In the latest issue of Esquire Latinoamerica, Kate Mara, who is playing Sue Storm, says (translated via Google) they won’t be using anything from the Marvel comic books.

I’ve never been a fan of comics, I’ve never actually read one. I was going to for this movie but the director said it wasn’t necessary. Well, actually he told us that we shouldn’t do it because the plot won’t be based on any history of anything already published. So I chose to follow his instructions. The one fact is I am a fan of comic book movies, so it’s very exciting to be part of a movie like this.

It’s currently rumored that there is some heat between Disney and Fox, with it even said things are going so far that Marvel is cancelling their Fantastic Four and X-Men comics.

It can’t be all that bad, though, as Disney did announce Josh Trank on a Star Wars spinoff, mentioning the FF movie in the process.

Update: Reps for Kate Mara are stating she told the reporter something different.

Fantastic Four” has a June 19, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank starring Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm,  Kate Mara as Sue Storm and Toby Kebbell as Victor von Doom.

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Josh Trank To Direct Star Wars Spinoff Movie

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Disney announced that Josh Trank will be directing a Star Wars spinoff standalone film.

Trank is directing Fantastic Four for Fox Studios and also helmed Chronicle.

The title of Josh Trank’s Star Wars film has not been revealed, but Han Solo, Boba Fett and Luke Skywalker films have been rumored.

Gareth Edwards was previously announced for a Star Wars standalone film as well.

Via StarWars.com:

In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney continue development of multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. The newest director to come on board is Josh Trank.

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

Trank captured imaginations worldwide with his critically lauded directorial debut Chronicle, a fresh and engaging take on the superhero genre. Trank is currently at work on The Fantastic Four for 20th Century Fox.

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Fantastic Four Rumors Redacted

A couple days ago saw a bomb go off regarding the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot that stated Fox had dumped director Josh Trank and was looking for a new script, director and possible cast.

Then Fox Studios denied the rumors.

Now the source of the original rumor, Bleeding Cool, is stating that Fox is indeed going forward with “their current production plans on Fantastic Four.”

Something is mentioned about Fox reportedly approaching two “big names,” but no names are mentioned.

So it looks as if Josh Trank, Simon Kinberg, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kata Mara and Jamie Bell are still on board.

Fantastic Four has a June 19, 2015 release.

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Fantastic Four Rumored To Get New Director & Cast

Do we find this news at all surprising considering all the rumors about the Fantastic Four movie which range from a female Doctor Doom to Reed Richards and Ben Grimm working as weapons for the government? Not to mention a black Human Torch as well as a white Sue Storm?

It’s being reported by Bleeding Cool that Fox Studios has axed current director Josh Trank as well as the script from writer Simon Kinberg.

It’s also said Fox is actively seeking their replacements, and that there looks to be casting issues as well.

This is all happening right before Fantastic Four is (was?) set to begin shooting and with a June 2015 release date to boot.

Fantastic Four under Trank was (is?) set to feature Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm.

Update: Josh Trank has apparently deleted his Twitter feed. The director was known to “debunk” rumors from his Twitter account.

Update #2: Fox has officially denied the rumors.

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