So remember a few months ago when it was learned that Josh Trank would no longer be manning the director’s chair for one of the Star Wars spin off movies after he no showed at Star Wars Celebration?
Speculation swirled that the director had been hard to work with on the set of the new Fantastic Four movie he directed, causing his exit from Star Wars. Well, in a new interview with the LA Times, the director finally speaks out and gives us his side of the story, saying he just needed a break from those bright lights of Hollywood.
“I knew that this was going to be questioned,” says Trank, “and it was going to come under skepticism as to why I left ‘Star Wars’. And it was hard. It was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life… 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 and it’s not healthy for me right now in my life. I want to do something that’s below the radar.”
The director went on to say: “They all understood it because this whole experience for me has been very psychologically hard…It feels sometimes like I’m living in a Paddy Chayefsky script or something like that. Every misconception that could possibly be made about this has been made to a hilariously satirical degree. And it’s people who haven’t met me before. If they met me – I don’t know, I feel like I’m a pretty harmless person.”
The director has found himself under the fanboy microscope almost from the outset of the Fantastic Four movie being announced with the previously horrible Rise of The Silver Surfer still fresh in everybody’s minds. Things got no better when changes to the characters began to leak and the casting of a black Johnny Storm.
All that aside, I recently saw the trailer in theaters, and my jaw dropped. Maybe fans might have jumped the gun with all the vitriol being spewed online, but that’s par for the course in the Internet age. You really haven’t made it until fanboys online hate on you. Welcome to Hollywood Mr Trank, you’ve arrived.