Josh Trank departs second Star Wars Anthology film
and Lucasfilm have announced that Josh Trank has stepped down as director of the second Star Wars: Anthology film.
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 - Josh Trank
According to StarWars.com, Trank's decision to move on was a personal one driven by his interest in developing original ideas rather than working within the confines of an established universe.
Trank has been quoted as saying "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.”
Star Wars Anthology 2 is scheduled for release in 2018 between Episode's 8 and 9. As yet little is known about the possible plot of the film.