Warner Bros.’ plans to make a big screen Flash movie has hit another snag. Director Rick Famuyiwa has now departed The Flash over “creative differences.”
Famuyiwa became a hot commodity after the success of his 2015 independent film, Dope. In June, he came on board The Flash movie after director Seth Grahame-Smith, who also left the film due to “creative differences.”
A Troubled Production
The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were originally planning to direct The Flash. The story treatment they wrote was adapted by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Grahame-Smith before he left, as well. It was expected that Famuyiwa would still use that script, with possibly some additional rewrites to match his style.
The Flash is now heavily into pre-production with filming slated to begin in March 2017. Famuyiwa had brought on one of his Dope stars, Kiersey Clemons, to play Iris West in the film. Billy Crudup was also cast as Barry Allen’s father. Ezra Miller will play The Flash, a role he briefly played in this summer’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. He’ll next be seen as The Flash in November 2017 when Justice League hits theaters.
Rick Famuyiwa Speaks
Famuyiwa gave a statement about his departure to THR:
“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 Brothers, DC, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns, and Ezra Miller all the best as they continue their journey into the speed force.”
Let it Go
Although it’s doubtful, I’m personally hopeful this will be The Flash movie out to pasture for good. Including the character in the Justice League films is one thing, but launching a Flash movie while the television series is still on the air is just a bad decision. Not only will it confuse casual audiences, it’s disrespectful to the hardworking cast and crew of The Flash television show.
For now, The Flash movie is still scheduled for a March 16, 2018 release date, though that could now obviously change.