Steven Spielberg recently sat down with head of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy and producer Frank Marshall for a joint interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and for the most part the legendary trio played nice. All three were highly complimentary of Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, with Spielberg saying that the young filmmaker should feel more ownership over the franchise than him at this point (“I passed the torch to Colin”). They also praised J.J. Abrams for his handling of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and gave their blessing to the next two directors in line. “Rian Johnson and Colin are the two best directors who could be doing Episode 8 and 9,” Spielberg claimed.
The funniest — well, maybe the saddest — part of the conversation came when Spielberg was asked about the risks involved in hiring such young directors. Given Fantastic Four director Josh Trank as an example of what can go wrong, Spielberg curtly replied, “Who’s that?”
Damn. Coming from a legend of sci-fi filmmaking whom Trank probably looks up to as an inspiration, that’s cold. Of course, Spielberg has been making films of his own lately, including the forthcoming BFG, so it might be possible that he’s simply ignorant of Trank’s (admittedly brief) body of work. On second thought, nah. Dude is throwing shade.
For more on poor Josh Trank and Hollywood’s fascination with young filmmakers, read our recent article Gareth Edwards, Rogue One, and the Case Against Hollywood’s Billion-Dollar Youth Movement.