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
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 director and screenwriter. He is known for his first feature, the 2012 film Chronicle, and the upcoming 2015 reboot Fantastic Four.


Trank worked on the 2007 Spike TV drama The Kill Point as a writer, director and editor. In 2009, Trank edited the independent film Big Fan, starring Patton Oswalt. He was also credited as a co-producer and had a small acting role in the film.

In 2011, Trank directed his first feature film, Chronicle.[3] It was released on February 3, 2012 by 20th Century Fox and has grossed over $125 million worldwide.[4] Chronicle, made for a budget of $12 million, was received positively by critics, earning an 85% score on Rotten Tomatoes.[5]

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).[6]

Since the release of Chronicle, Trank has been linked to Sony's Spider-Man spin-off, Venom,[7] Warner Bros.'s The Red Star,[8] and Sony's film adaptation of the video game Shadow of the Colossus.[9] However, Trank has since moved on from those film projects.[10][11][12]

On July 11, 2012, 20th Century Fox confirmed Trank to direct its 2015 reboot film Fantastic Four.[13][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 indicated this was a personal decision, but several outlets stated that he was dismissed from the project due to issues during production of Fantastic Four, primarily a lack of communication with the film's producers. Lucasfilm later decided to pursue another director for the Star Wars spin-off.[17] Trank told The LA Times in a interview that the reason he left the film was because he wanted to do something original and smaller-scale, due to the amount of online scrutiny he received during the filming of Fantastic Four.[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. ^ "Chronicle's Box office". 
  5. ^ "Chronicle on Rotten Tomatoes (2012)". 
  6. ^ "Weekend Box Office (February 3 – 5, 2012)". Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Chronicle's Josh Trank Looks to Spit Some Venom". Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ Fleming, Mike. "‘Chronicle’ Helmer Josh Trank Lands On ‘The Red Star’ At Warner Bros". Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  9. ^ "Chronicle Director to Make Shadow of The Colossus Movie". Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ Patten, Dominic (December 13, 2013). "Sony Sets Spider-Man Spinoffs ‘Venom,’ ‘Sinister Six’ With New "Franchise Brain Trust"". Deadline. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 4, 2014). "Andrés Muschietti to Direct ‘Shadow of the Colossus’ Adaptation for Sony". Variety. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  12. ^ Wilding, Josh (September 4, 2014). "Mama Director Andrés Muschietti to Helm Video Game Adaptation Shadow of the Colossus". HeyUGuys. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Comic-Con: Fox Sets Reboots Of ‘Fantastic Four’, ‘Daredevil’ (Minus David Slade), Puts Joe Cornish On ‘Rust’". July 11, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Screenrant". Screenrant. 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  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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  18. ^ Rottenberg, Josh (June 4, 2015). "Josh Trank sets the story straight on why he left 'Star Wars'". LA Times. 

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