DC’s The Flash movie will likely not be meeting its previously targeted March 16, 2018, date.
Barry Allen may be the fastest man alive, but getting The Flash movie up and going is proving to be a slow process. After losing a second director back in November, Variety is reporting that filmmaker Joby Harold has been brought onto the project to do a “page-one rewrite” of the script.
There’s no word yet on whether he’ll be using any elements at all of Seth Grahame-Smith’s original screenplay or Rick Famuyiwa’s draft, and Variety has said that they reached out to Warner Bros. for more information, but didn’t get a response.
Both Grahame-Smith and Famuyiwa, who were also attached to direct, left the project over creative differences, and DC/WB are still looking for a replacement director. And while Tim Miller was briefly available after leaving Deadpool 2, James Cameron just stepped in and got him involved in a new Terminator project (not that he was actively being considered or anything), so maybe DC should consider turning to David Goyer, one of their principle “go-to” guys for DC movie and TV projects. They may also end up going with Harold in the director’s chair, as he has previous experience directing with the 2007 thriller Awake, which he also wrote.
Original Post 11-1-16: Not So Fast: DC’s Upcoming Flash Movie Has Lost Its Second Director
A little more than a week after director Tim Miller departed from Deadpool 2, a report from THR indicates that director Rick Famuyiwa has left The Flash movie. Now, before I go on, take a second and make a guess as to why. If you said ‘creative differences,’ then you are correct. The great many-headed beast ‘creative differences’ has once again reared its head.
While the search is already underway for a new Deadpool 2 director, with names like David Leitch (John Wick) and Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) being thrown around, replacing Famuyiwa may be more difficult and take a little for time for DC and Warner Bros. This is because the movie is / was in preproducition, and Famuyiwa had been involved with The Flash movie since June this year, taking part in key developments such as the casting of Kiersey Clemons as Iris West (the journalist friend of the Flash’s alter-ego, Barry Allen) and Billy Crudup as Barry’s father
The movie, which stars Ezra Miller as The Flash / Barry Allen, was reportedly set to start shooting in March 2017, racing on to a release date of March 16, 2018. However, with Famuyiwa moving on, the current feeling is that the movie will likely face both a production and release delay, as Miller has a previous commitment next July.
More Details on Famuyiwa’s Departure From The Flash Movie
In a statement Famuyiwa provided to THR, he said, “When I was approached by Warner Bros. and DC about the possibility of directing The Flash, I was excited about the opportunity to enter this amazing world of characters that I loved growing up, and still do to this day. I was also excited to work with Ezra Miller, who is a phenomenal young actor. I pitched a version of the film in line with my voice, humor and heart. While it’s disappointing that we couldn’t come together creatively on the project, I remain grateful for the opportunity. I will continue to look for opportunities to tell stories that speak to a fresh generational, topical and multicultural point of view. I wish Warner Bros., DC, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Ezra Miller all the best as they continue their journey into the speed force.”
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According to various sources, Famuyiwa was interested in crafting a “darker” Flash movie with “more edge” which was not in line with the studio’s version. Interestingly, this is not the first upcoming DC movie to have director troubles, after Michelle MacLaren left Wonder Woman movie and was replaced by Patty Jenkins. It’s not even the first time The Flash movie has lost its director, as writer Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), who wrote the screenplay for The Flash, was also set to make his directing debut on the project.
There’s no word yet on a possible replacement director, but these things tend to move fast (!), so we’ll probably start hearing about replacements soon.