Acclaimed director Famuyiwa takes the reigns following the departure of Seth Grahame-Smith
Like it or not, there’s a movie version of DC Comics’ The Flash coming in 2018, and after the recent loss of its director, the film is now back on track under the guidance of indie director Rick Famuyiwa.
Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has officially selected Famuyiwa to direct their (unnecessary) Flash film starring Ezra Miller. The film will maintain its originally planned release date: March 16, 2018.
Famuyiwa’s most recent big screen outing was 2015’s coming-of-age tale, Dope, which opened to rave reviews. HBO’s original film, Confirmation, which aired in April, was also helmed by Famuyiwa and retold the controversy surrounding Clarence Thomas’ 1991 Supreme Court nomination.
Prior films from Nigerian-American writer/director Famuyiwa include Our Family Wedding, Talk to Me, Brown Sugar, and The Wood.
The Flash is expected to proceed using the existing script by Seth Graham-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), who was also slated to direct before leaving the project over “creative differences.” Graham-Smith’s screenplay was in turn inspired by a story treatment by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie, the upcoming Han Solo spin-off movie), who were at one time also slated to direct.
Deadline states that Warner Bros. felt Famuyiwa brought in the “right chemical mix” The Flash needs in order to reach a younger audience. No doubt Dope was the prime factor in Warner Bros.’ decision, as the geek coming-of-age tale features a younger cast and a storyline that speaks to today’s youth.
ComicBook.com notes that Famuyiwa was rumored to be helming a DC film after his Twitter account suddenly began following Geoff Johns, Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, Suicide Squad, Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher, and Jason Momoa.
Ezra Miller’s Flash made his debut in a short cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will appear in next year’s Justice League movie, which is filming now.
Other DC Extended Universe films include August’s Suicide Squad, next summer’s Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and a new Batman movie from writer/director/star Ben Affleck.