He continues, “I think it would actually be a disservice to Marvel fans and Fantastic Four fans to go back and see what it was that I wanted to do. To me it no longer feels relevant and I don’t feel like it would be good for the people who do care about the Fantastic Four the most.” (Asked if he’s met Peyton Reed, who has directed both Ant-Man movies for Marvel and has wanted for years to tackle the Fantastic Four, Trank says he doesn’t know him personally, but adds, “I’m rooting for him.”)
Before we end our call, I ask Trank if he’s seen the hit Star Wars series The Mandalorian on Disney+, and whether he can detect any direct line of development between the show and his abandoned Boba Fett film. He responds that he hasn’t seen the series yet since he’s been immersed in finishing Capone, and that non-disclosure agreements prevent him anyway from speaking too specifically about the work he did on the Star Wars movie.
“All I can say is that, I had a lot of fun working with Lucasfilm,” he recalls. “They are really cool people. Kiri Hart, who was the head of the Story Group over there, is a really close friend of mine to this day. Stephen Feder (another member of the Story Group) is a very close friend of mine to this day. In fact, one of the people who checked in on me the most throughout these years has been Kiri Hart, because we had so much fun working together.”
In fact, Trank says that a key piece of advice he got from Hart helped put his Fantastic Four and Star Wars experiences into perspective, and set him on the path to make the movies that he wants to make: “The advice that Kiri gave me was that everybody is destined to make different kinds of films,” he says. “Her parting words were, ‘I just can’t wait to see the kind of film that you want to make that comes from your heart, and I’ll be there the first day it opens.’”