It was announced previously that Godzilla-helmer Gareth Edwards would be handed the reigns of one such spin-off film, and now we hear that Josh Trank, director of Chronicle and the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, will also be calling the shots for one of the stand-alone films adding to the Star Wars Universe.
As is the case with Edwards' project, details are pretty non-existant at this point, other than letting us all know who is going to be sitting in the chair. When making the announcement, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy described the young filmmaker as "an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation." She also added that these qualities are what make him, "perfectly suited to Star Wars, and for this new slate of movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX."
Speaking of the chance to be a part of the cinematic legacy of Star Wars, Trank himself said, "The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time." He clearly has a lot of love for the material, and his thus far small, but rapidly growing filmic resume would suggest that he is worth the trust placed in him by Kennedy and co.
It certainly seems like Disney and Lucasfilm are tapping all of the hot young directors who so far have few films to their name, but a fair amount of success and a lot of expectation for future projects. Have to wonder who else they could potentially call on to try and bring some new blood to the Star Wars franchise. Will they try and draft in J.C. Chandor or Anthony and Joe Russo for a future Star Wars spin-off? Guess we'll just have to wait and see what they hope to accomplish with these new films.