Chronicle and Fantastic Four director Josh Trank will no longer helm the second stand-alone Star War Anthology movie. Trank made a statement via Entertainment Weekly announcing his departure, as expected his comments are vague and don’t cite a specific reason.

“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. 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.”

The rumours that all was not well between Disney and Trank started when the director failed to show at the Star Wars Celebration. His absence was reportedly down to sickness, but it has been claimed that Trank was asked not to attend by the powers that be. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Trank’s “erratic” behaviour on-set of The Fantastic Four has played a starring role in the reason for his departure. The article claims that Trank was “sometimes indecisive and uncommunicative” during the production. The recently completed re-shoots were overseen by producer Simon Kinberg, while additional filming is to be expected it is a little disconcerting that they happened so close to release. 

There is a fair amount of pressure for the rebooted Fantastic Four to succeed, following the poorly received previous attempts Fox came close to losing the rights to the characters. Now, we can debate that it could be a good thing for Fantastic Four to go back to Marvel, but for now they are staying put and have a franchise to launch. A sequel has already been tentatively given the go ahead and given a 2017 that Trank is still attached to direct.  

Gareth Edwards will direct the first Star Wars Anthology with Rogue One, set in-between episodes three and four the story centres on a band of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.A brief teaser was screened at the Star Wars Celebration much to the joy of those who attended.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives on December 18; Rogue One arrives just under a year later on December 16, 2016.