Joshua Trank

The inventive science fiction thriller "Chronicle" (2011) minted first-time feature director Josh Trank as not only one of the youngest filmmakers to score a No. 1 film at the box office, but also a fresh and vibrant ... Read more »
Born: 02/19/1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Writer (2)

Fantastic Four 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Chronicle 2012 (Movie)

(Story By)
Director (2)

Fantastic Four 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Chronicle 2012 (Movie)

(Director)
Editor (1)

Big Fan 2009 (Movie)

(Editor)
Producer (1)

Big Fan 2009 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Actor (1)

Big Fan 2009 (Movie)

Wrong Phil's Buddy (Actor)

Biography

The inventive science fiction thriller "Chronicle" (2011) minted first-time feature director Josh Trank as not only one of the youngest filmmakers to score a No. 1 film at the box office, but also a fresh and vibrant new voice in genre movies. Born in Los Angeles on Feb. 19, 1984, Joshua Benjamin Trank was the son of documentary producer-director Richard Trank, who won an Oscar for 1997's "The Long Way Home." After dropping out of photography school, he worked in post-production on a number of film projects, including his father's 2007 documentary, "I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal." Trank soon found steady work as an editor on the action-drama series "The Kill Point" (Spike TV, 2007), which soon promoted him to writer and director on several episodes. Following the show's cancellation after a single season, Trank began formulating a story idea for a feature about high schoolers that experienced an extraordinary event. The project began to take shape after he met with Max Landis, a high school friend and the son of director John Landis. After completing work as an editor and uncredited second unit director on the indie dramedy "Big Fan" (2009), Trank began work on his feature project from a script by Landis titled "Chronicle."

Relationships

Richard Trank Producer

Father

Krystin Ver Linden

Wife
Married October 2013.

Milestones

2015

Wrote and directed franchise reboot "Fantastic Four" starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell

2011

Debuted as co-writer and director with the sci-fi film "Chronicle"

2009

Appeared in small acting role opposite Patton Oswalt in indie drama "Big Fan"; also worked as second unit director and editor

2007

Made TV debut as writer, director, and editor of Spike TV series "The Kill Point"

Bonus Trivia

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Created a viral YouTube video, "Stabbing at Leia's 22nd Birthday," early in his career.

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Left "Star Wars" spinoff to pursue original creative opportunities.

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On August 6, 2015, one day prior to the release of "Fantastic Four," Trank tweeted "A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would've received great reviews. You'll probably never see it. That's reality though." He later deleted the tweet following a storm of publicity.

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