Joshua Benjamin "Josh" Trank (born February 19, 1984) 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 It was released on February 3, 2012 by 20th Century Fox and has grossed over $125 million worldwide. Chronicle, made for a budget of $12 million, was received positively by critics, earning an 85% score on Rotten Tomatoes. 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). After the release of Chronicle, Trank was linked to Sony's Spider-Man spin-off, Venom, Warner Bros.'s The Red Star, and Sony's film adaptation of the video game Shadow of the Colossus; however, Trank turned down those film projects...
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