Second ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff Film Snags ‘Fantastic Four’ Director

Published 11 months ago by , Updated June 5th, 2014 at 6:14 am,

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Lucasfilm is not playing around, snatching up-and-coming directors right out of the hands of competitors even as J.J. Abrams preps the massive event film that is Star Wars Episode VII for its 2015 release.

It’s been known for sometime that there will be three Star Wars standalone films released into the theaters to fill the wait in between official episodes. Han Solo, Boba Fett and an X-Wing Squad have been the rumored subjects of the solo films; so far, the studio has landed director Godzilla Gareth Edwards to helm one of the projects, and today we get word that a second solo film has a director, and it’s none other than Fantastic Four reboot director, Josh Trank.

In a statement released by Lucasfilm, studio president Kathleen Kennedy and Josh Trank had the following to offer:

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.”

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Josh Trank

This is another big acquisition for Lucasfilm when it comes to stacking talent behind their solo film ventures. Both Edwards and Trank cut their teeth by making compelling sci-fi films on very low budgets (Monsters and Chronicle, respectively), while also showcasing a tenacity for visual effects and creative filmmaking techniques born out of low resources and necessity. In other words: they’re kind of like this guy named George in the 1970s, who made an independent sci-fi film on a limited budget using creative techniques, and ended up birthing a phenomenon. Looking at it like that, it’s hard as a Star Wars fan to be mad about either of these appointments (personally speaking).

That leaves us with the question: What two films are Edwards and Trank directing?

Here’s what was revealed during a recent presentation of Hasbro toy products tied to the Star Wars movies:

  • 2014: Rebels (Cartoon Series)

  • 2015: Episode VII

  • 2016: Boba Fett Movie

  • 2017: Episode VIII

  • 2018: Han Solo Movie

  • 2019: Episode IX

  • 2020: Red Five Movie (X-Wing Squad)

If this chart is to be believed, it would make sense that these director announcements are following the plotted course seen above. Edwards is finishing up obligations to Godzilla and has some breathing room before its sequel to work on Boba Fett, if that is indeed his Star Wars project. Trank has to deal with Fantastic Four up through the first half of 2015, which means he would be tackling the Han Solo movie, which would presumably focus on the character’s younger years. Unclear is whether or not in taking the Star Wars gig, Trank has given up his spot directing the Fantastic Four sequel slated for summer 2017.

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All of this breakdown of character properties and release dates is speculation, of course – so take it with a grain of salt until something more official is confirmed.

Star Wars Rebels animated series premieres with a one-hour special this fall on Disney XD. Star Wars: Episode VII releases in theaters December 18th, 2015. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more information about these possible Boba Fett, Solo, and Red Five solo films.

Source: Lucasfilm

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  1. Garreth Edwards, Josh Trank, JJ Abrams. Thank you, Lucasfilm. Thank you.

  2. This should be in that Bad idea Jeans commercial that was on SNL UGH

  3. Hilarious. Hard to hurl sh*t at this guy now, isn’t that right Mouseketeer Marvel? ;)

    Looking forward to the spin-off stuff more than the episode continuation, TBH.

    Great comparison to “that guy named George,” Kofi. Spot on.

  4. Jesus Christ, you scared me. I thought you were talking about the original Fantastic Four director. Damn you, ScreenRant.

  5. Very optimistic about the future of Star Wars. Lucasfilm has done a great job of picking directors who genuinely care about the franchise and seems to be learning from their past mistakes.

  6. Wonder if he wants to change Han’s ethnicity in this reboot.

    • Considering this shares cannon with the rest of Star Wars… probably not.

      See how that works?

    • And ironically, many people believe that Lupita is going to play Ventress despite the preponderant differences herself and the character conceives. Thank god these fanboys are not being selected as the directors/writers of any film that pertains to Star Wars.

  7. Great, so that means they are doing the “hand-held” Han Solo movie.

  8. Is there a chance that the Solo film might be Han at the age Harrison is now? Could be awesome to have an aged gunslinger / detective style movie. A threat from Hans past emerges and he has to step back into the sleazy underworld he knew in his smuggler days.. More of the Han we saw in the cantina. Unforgiven meets Maltese Falcon. I guess they’ll be hitting on that phase of his life with a prequel, tho I’d rather see an old Harrison than some new actor in the part. He was pretty young in ep 4, so It’ll be hard not to compare a new actor directly.

  9. Overkill… Bored of it now. Think I’ll look for something other than Star Wars to look forward to now.

  10. “…for this new slate of movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX.”

    So, if Kennedy was being truthful, than Han Solo will not have a standalone movie since it’s not in dispute that he’s a core character. Now, it’s open to interpretation/debate as to whether Boba Fett is a core character. So, I think that it’s still a possibility that Boba Fett will get a standalone movie.

    • boba fett is not a core character he literally has like 25 lines in 3 movies… Not saying he isnt a bad ass character though

  11. I probably wont see any of the standalone movies. Han Solo and Boba Fett don’t interest me.

    I would rather see a Yoda and Darth Sidious movie. I might give the red five movie a chance.

  12. it’s all fun and games until the FF4 reboot lays a giant turd.

    • I seem to remember people saying the exact same thing about Days of Future Past last year…

      …oh internet… you are soooo internet.

  13. This sounds great.

  14. Holy sh**,this is crazy. This whole big studio franchises wars reminds me of scouting for talent in the sports arena,you spy on the competing teams,see who has talent and is a free agent,and then you “show em,the money”. Its all good to me as long as we get great and entertaining Star Wars movies,then I’m a happy camper. Congrats to Gareth Edwards,because I loved what he did for the new Godzilla,and congrats to Josh Trank,because I thought Chronicle was one of the best surprises of early 2012 or 2013,I can’t remember,which year for that movie, at the moment.

  15. So they plan to get all this done by 2020? We’ll see.

  16. If that list of movies is correct then I can only guess that there is a moritorium on doing any Vader or Yoda movies.

    Doing films with them over any of the other stand alones is so obvious that there must be a reason they aren’t doing them.

    None of these movies are going to be made on limited budgets or be birthing any phenomenon.

    They are going to be product.