Lucasfilm Is Still Developing Josh Trank’s ‘Star Wars’ Film (Without Josh Trank)
It was quite a surprise when Josh Trank no-showed his big panel at last spring’s Star Wars Celebration. As described by one journalist, Trank’s name was still being advertised “on the jumbotron at the convention center just moments before the panel began,” when his absence was explained by moderator Pablo Hidalgo, who claimed Trank was “under the weather.” But that made it much less of a surprise when, a few weeks later, Lucasfilm announced Trank was leaving the Star Wars spinoff film he’d been developing with the company, supposedly to do something more personal and “under the radar.”
Though the subject of Trank’s Anthology film was never officially announced, it’s been widely reported as a movie about everyone’s favorite anti-hero bounty hunter, Boba Fett. At the very least, Disney and Lucasfilm made it very clear that Trank’s project wasn’t the Young Han Solo spinoff film they later announced would be directed by the team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller. But what did that mean for Trank’s movie? Now that he was gone, was the project totally abandoned?
C’mon, what do you think? Of course not, though it has yet to find a replacement for Trank. Producer Kathleen Kennedy told Entertainment Weekly that regardless of the snags so far...
...It’s still one of the stories that we absolutely want to tell. There is a lot of innovative technology in and around what it is we’re doing with that story, so for a lot of reasons, we were comfortable postponing that. But we’re definitely still developing it.
EW previously reported that the Boba Fett film “would take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Jedi, where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a sarlacc pit.” Either way (assuming the film is indeed about Boba Fett) it’s going to be a ways off, but it’s “definitely” still in the works. These things take time, as every possible element is chewed over, like a sarlacc pit savoring a good meal.