There’s a really great article up on the L.A. Times Web site where Josh Trank addresses the crazy rumors that have been tossed around regarding his sanity and the recent hoaxes at his expense. Most of the rumors pertained to various things he had supposedly done while making Fantastic Four. I can tell you that from my vantage point, I had a lot of this info come my way over the last year. Each time I heard it, it seemed more severe than the last telling and it smelled like bullshit with little bits of truth peppered in it. Trank is a talented artist and I’d rather side with him than the sensational nastiness.
I do hope Trank’s telling is very accurate and true. I would like to see him return to Star Wars one day as I was very interested in the story he would tell and how he would tell it. The gist of it is that nerds are hard to deal with and he’s been dealing with them for four years and needs a break. It sounds like he wants to make movies, not deal with fits of anger over the ethnicity of a character being changed from a comic book to a movie.
The pieces that pertain to Lucasfilm:
“I have a great relationship with everyone at Lucasfilm and with Kari Hart,” he continued. “And they all understood it because this whole experience for me has been very psychologically hard.”
In his own first comments on the flap, Kinberg–who is himself no stranger to the intense and unruly passions of the Internet fan community, having worked on several “X-Men” films and other high-profile projects–came strongly to Trank’s defense.
“I’ve been around some version of this for a long time,” said Kinberg, who credited Trank’s vision for Fantastic Four with convincing him to sign on to the project. “This, I would say, is particularly cruel. I haven’t really seen this level of vehemence against a filmmaker. And it’s surreal and unfair.”
“Simon and I have become closer friends through this,” Trank said. “To have the rest of the world–other than the people who know us–think that we’re in some blood feud with each other over something…” He trailed off.