As a big fan of Chronicle, I’m pretty bummed, and after his turbulent ride with he new Fantastic Four film, I think he isn’t in a place to make another blockbuster right now.
John Trank said in a statement to StarWars.com:
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.
Not a lot was or is known about what his Anthology film would have been. Recently we heard the code name was “Tin Can” and that’s about the extent of it. Hopefully this is all for the best and I think if it was his decision to leave the project. As a fan, I appreciate him doing so rather than making a bad Star Wars film. There have been so many rumors about Trank’s state, which I don’t think we should discuss, that I hope he goes on to make more awesome films soon.
THR paints a picture in which Simon Kinberg was not happy about working with Trank after Fantastic Four:
Rumors have persisted that Fox is unhappy with Trank’s performance on Fantastic Four and that Kinberg, who is producing both that film and the second Star Wars spin-off, was getting cold feet about working with Trank again.
THR Updated with another article about what happened. There’s a lot of nasty stuff in there but the gist is probably best summed up here:
Kinberg, who is producing the second Star Wars standalone project (the first, Rogue One, is being directed by Gareth Edwards for a December 2016 release), is said to have communicated his displeasure with Trank to Kathleen Kennedy and the team at Lucasfilm. As the Star Wars brain trust heard more about Trank’s behavior and working style, they became less confident in handing over the film to him.