Josh Trank

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Josh Trank
Born Joshua Benjamin Trank
(1984-02-19) February 19, 1984 (age 31)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 2007–present
Spouse(s) Krystin Ver Linden (m. 2013–present)

Joshua Benjamin "Josh" Trank (born February 19, 1984)[1][2] is an American film writer and director. He is known for directing his first feature film, the 2012 20th Century Fox film Chronicle[3] and will direct the 2015 film, Fantastic Four.[4]


The Kill Point and Big Fan[edit]

Trank worked on the 2007 Spike TV drama The Kill Point, as an editor, director and writer.

In 2009, Trank edited the independent film Big Fan, starring Patton Oswalt. He also had a small acting role in the film.


In 2011, Trank directed his first feature film, Chronicle. It was released on February 3, 2012 by Fox and has grossed over $125 million worldwide.[5] Chronicle, made for a budget of $12 million, was received positively by critics, earning an 85% score on Rotten Tomatoes.[6]

With Chronicle released at the age of 27, Trank became one of the youngest directors to open a film at number one at the US box office. He is followed by Steven Spielberg (28, with Jaws) and James Cameron (30, with The Terminator).[7]

In development[edit]

Since the release of Chronicle, Trank has been linked to Sony's Spider-Man spin-off, Venom,[8] Warner Bros.'s The Red Star,[9] and Sony's film adaptation of the video game Shadow of the Colossus.[10] However, Trank has since moved on from those film projects.[11][12][13]

On July 11, 2012, Fox confirmed Trank to direct Fantastic Four.[14] It is scheduled for an August 7, 2015 release.[15]

On June 4, 2014, it was announced that Trank would direct a stand-alone Star Wars film.,[16] but he left the project nearly a year later on May 1, 2015. Trank claimed this to be a personal decision, but several outlets stated that he was dismissed from the project due to his unruly behaviour during production of Fantastic Four, such as inflicting $100,000 worth of damages to the studio rented home and communicating poorly with the rest of the cast and crew. Lucasfilm later decided to pursue another director after hearing this news.[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

In early October 2013, Josh married screenwriter Krystin Ver Linden.



  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.
  2. ^ "'Chronicle' the No. 1 movie after a big viral push". Chicago Sun-Times. February 5, 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Q&A: Josh Trank, Director Of 'Chronicle' On The Origins of the Film, And More". Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Screenrant". Screenrant. 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  5. ^ "Chronicle's Box office". 
  6. ^ "Chronicle on Rotten Tomatoes (2012)". 
  7. ^ "Weekend Box Office (February 3 – 5, 2012)". Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Chronicle's Josh Trank Looks to Spit Some Venom". Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ Fleming, Mike. "‘Chronicle’ Helmer Josh Trank Lands On ‘The Red Star’ At Warner Bros". Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  10. ^ "Chronicle Director to Make Shadow of The Colossus Movie". Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  11. ^ Patten, Dominic (December 13, 2013). "Sony Sets Spider-Man Spinoffs ‘Venom,’ ‘Sinister Six’ With New "Franchise Brain Trust"". Deadline. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 4, 2014). "Andrés Muschietti to Direct ‘Shadow of the Colossus’ Adaptation for Sony". Variety. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ Wilding, Josh (September 4, 2014). "Mama Director Andrés Muschietti to Helm Video Game Adaptation Shadow of the Colossus". HeyUGuys. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Comic-Con: Fox Sets Reboots Of ‘Fantastic Four’, ‘Daredevil’ (Minus David Slade), Puts Joe Cornish On ‘Rust’". July 11, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  15. ^ Chitwood, Adam (November 12, 2013). "THE FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot Moving to June 19, 2015; ASSASSIN'S CREED and SECRET SERVICE Pushed; SUSAN COOPER Dated for May 2015". Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Star Wars - Tijdlijnfoto's". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
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