Josh Trank

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

Joshua Benjamin "Josh" Trank (born February 19, 1984)[1][2] is an American film director, film producer, screenwriter, and film editor. He is best known for directing the 2012 science fiction film Chronicle (his debut), and the 2015 superhero film Fantastic Four.


During an interview with Kevin Smith on the podcast Fatman on Batman, Trank discusses the origins of his career at length. During the interview, he attributed his YouTube video "Stabbing at Leia's 22nd Birthday", which became very popular overnight after its release, as a significant breakthrough point for his career. 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] After the release of Chronicle, Trank was 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 turned down those film projects.[10][11][12]

Trank directed the 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four,[13][14] which was released in August 2015. The movie was critically panned. It received a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes[15] and a 27 out of 100 rating from Metacritic.[16] Trank became the subject of controversy when he posted a message on Twitter prior to the release of the film, apparently blaming the poor reviews on changes imposed by the studio.[17]

In June 2014, it was announced that Trank would direct a stand-alone Star Wars film,[18] but left the project less than a year later. 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, and that Lucasfilm had decided to pursue another director.[19] Trank told the Los Angeles Times in an 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.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Trank was born in Los Angeles, California. In early October 2013, he married screenwriter Krystin Ver Linden. His father, Richard Trank, is a documentary filmmaker.[21] He is Jewish.[22]


Year Film Director Writer Editor Other Notes
2009 Big Fan No No Yes Yes Co-producer
Actor: "Wrong Phil's Buddy"
Second unit director (uncredited)
2012 Chronicle Yes Yes No No Directorial debut
Story co-writer
2015 Fantastic Four Yes Yes No No Original screenplay

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 Online Film & Television Association Best Feature Debut Chronicle Nominated
2016 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Director Fantastic Four Pending
Worst Screenplay Pending


  1. ^ According to someone 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. ^ "Fantastic Four (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Fantastic Four". Metacritic. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  17. ^ Breznican, Anthony (August 7, 2015). "Why did Fantastic Four director Josh Trank slam his own movie? Honesty comes with a high price in Hollywood ... but what is the truth?". Entertainment Weekly. 
  18. ^ Variety
  19. ^ The Hollywood Reporter
  20. ^ Rottenberg, Josh (June 4, 2015). "Josh Trank sets the story straight on why he left 'Star Wars'". Los Angeles Times. 
  21. ^ Reed, Becky (February 12, 2012). "Q&a: Chronicle Director Josh Trank". DIY. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  22. ^ Hoffmann, Jordan (January 31, 2014). "Can Elizabeth Banks make ‘Pitch’ even more ‘Perfect’?". The Times of Israel. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 

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