So this is how Josh Trank scored that Star Wars spinoff directing gig

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Aug 1, 2014, 8:34 PM EDT (Updated)

It seems like no one is allowed to say anything about those upcoming Star Wars sequels and spinoffs, but at least now we know how Chronicle’s Josh Trank got locked in to direct one.

Along with J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, Disney and Lucasfilm are ramping up work on a new trilogy and a handful of spinoff films to ensure we have a story from a galaxy far, far away in theaters at least once per year for the foreseeable future.

To make it happen, they’ve brought in the likes of Abrams, Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and Trank (Fantastic Four) to get the assembly line rolling. But how did Trank get the gig? Turns out writer Simon Kinberg went to bat for him and got Disney to take a chance on the relatively unproven director.

Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan are currently plugging away on Star Wars scripts, and Kinberg actually wrote Trank’s upcoming Fantastic Four film (which is shooting as you read this). So after working with Trank on Marvel’s First Family, Kinberg thought he’d be a good fit for one of the new Star Wars films. Disney agreed, and a deal was made.

Here’s how Kinberg explained it to /Film:

“I spoke very highly of Josh to the Lucasfilm guys. They were interested in him because he, like Rian [Johnson, director of Episode VIII] and like Gareth [Edwards, director of a 2016 spin-off], is very much that next generation filmmaker. He comes from a background of making a big movie without a big budget. Which I think is also, not that these movies…they’ll have huge budgets, but the sort of the tradition that George [Lucas] started was somebody that came from making American Graffiti to making a huge science fiction movie. And so there was some of that sort of vibe I know Lucasfilm likes about these new filmmakers. But yeah, I definitely was involved in that process.”

So there you go — that’s how Trank got signed on to make one of the most anticipated films of the decade. Here’s hoping he blows us away with Fantastic Four, or it's going to be a very anxious wait to get a peek at his Star Wars film. As for what the spinoffs are actually about? Kinberg made it clear he “can’t talk about” the content of the movies. Oh well, worth a shot.

Do you think Trank is a good pick to direct a Star Wars movie?

(Via /Film)