Fresh off the exit of Seth Grahame-Smith due to creative differences, Warner Bros. has reportedly lined up a new director to take the helm of The Flash.
Indie director Rick Famuyima, who broke out with the Sundance hit Dope, is apparently locked in to take over the project. Though Grahame-Smith is no longer directing, the studio is apparently planning to keep the version of the script he worked up, which was based on a treatment by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie). Lord and Miller were originally considering taking on the project themselves, but the high-demand directors are apparently a bit too busy these days.
With a new director seemingly locked in, Warner Bros. is adamant to remain on track for the March 16, 2018, release date already penciled in on the calendar. The film will, of course, star Ezra Miller in the role of Barry Allen. Miller made his debut in a brief, CGI-filled cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
A director change isn’t all that uncommon these days, and though it brings up worst-case scenario fears such as X-Men: The Last Stand, plenty of projects have turned out fine following a shakeup at the top (see Ant-Man as a good example). Famuyima is certainly a talented director, but taking on a big-budget superhero project fresh off an indie film is a big jump for anyone. It’ll be interesting to see how this one shapes up.
Whatever Warner Bros. is doing with The Flash, it better be good — because The CW’s series of the same name has set a very high bar for the Fastest Man Alive.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)