Trank Off “Star Wars” Due To “Fantastic 4”?

The departure of filmmaker Josh Trank on Friday from the upcoming second Star Wars standalone film has led to many questioning what exactly happened behind-the-scenes that caused him to have to pull out of such a high profile gig.

While the filmmaker himself said the departure was because he “made a personal decision” to leave, sources for The Hollywood Reporter suggest that reports of the young director’s unusual conduct during the making of the upcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot did not sit well with Lucasfilm executives.

Murmurs of the 30-year-old Trank leaving the project first began a few weeks ago when he pulled out of a “Star Wars Celebration” panel at the last minute citing illness. Today’s report says the filmmaker was asked by the studio not to attend while considering whether to proceed with him on the second “Star Wars: Anthology” title.

Producers on the upcoming “Fantastic Four” film faced difficulty dealing with Trank who was reportedly described as “erratic,” “sometimes indecisive and uncommunicative” and on occasion “very isolated”, their source 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 claims the studio is “very happy with the movie and we can’t wait for audiences to see it [but] there were definitely some bumps in the road.” The report also says that producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker – and more recently editor Stephen Rivkin – had to step in to help the film come together, but Trank was on set and directing the whole time.

Their source goes on to offer a metaphor: “No question there’s talent there. You can’t do Chronicle by accident. [He’s] 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.”

“Fantastic Four” is a little over three months out, but reshoots have been taking place with a recent three day round in late April that required a lot of complicated scheduling. Disney meanwhile will search for another filmmaker to take over their second “Star Wars: Anthology” film.