Josh Trank, slated to direct the second of the new Star Wars films from Disney, won’t be taking us to a galaxy far, far away after all. News reports declare he is out. At least one source claims Trank got trashed because he was, like with his forthcoming reboot of Fantastic Four, moving away from the stock material and charting his own course.
Last month, Disney launched its effort to take over the Star Wars universe by making a big deal out of dumping “digital” versions of the old films on the Internet. This sure looked like an effort to cash in on the mythology created by George Lucas in the original 1977 film rather than bring audiences something fresh. The release of the trailer for the first new Disney film, slated for later this year, just confirmed that Disney looks like it wants to play it safe — and just cash the check.
When the world’s greatest “imagineers” go all risk averse, that’s bad for the company. Walt Disney once said, “We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies.”
Apparently, that virtue is lost on the suits.
Sure, letting directors run loose might crash and burn like the Death Star, but it would have been worth the risk.
Disney is passing up the opportunity to inspire a new generation with the vision to think bold. Instead, audiences will get to go where everyone has gone before.