‘The Flash’ Movie Loses Its Director – Again!
The Flash movie has yet to actually begin filming, and yet it’s already among the most troubled productions of 2016.
Earlier this year, writer Seth Grahame-Smith dropped out as director, to be replaced by Dope director Rick Famuyiwa. Well, now Famuyiwa is bailing on the movie due to “creative differences”, which now makes him the second director to leave The Flash so far.
The film was planned to begin shooting in March for release on March 16, 2018. But right now, the film could end up being pushed back. That is, unless Warner Bros. is able to find a new director on short notice. Regardless, Famuyiwa is disappointed that things turned out the way they did with The Flash.
“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,” Famuyiwa told The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
This is disappointing in a lot of ways. More than any other DC Universe film, I was looking forward to The Flash. I love the character, and I was super optimistic about Phil Lord and Christopher Miller writing the original treatment. The DC Universe needs a more adventurous film in its catalog, one that takes itself a little less seriously than its counterparts in the canon. Granted, The Flash could still easily be that film, but having all these creative differences tells me Warner Bros. isn’t really backing off on letting directors do their own thing. It’s the type of approach that really hurt Suicide Squad, in addition to how much the excessive, studio-mandated edits hurt the narrative of Batman v Superman. I still have hope for The Flash, but my confidence is eroding, little by little.
But what do you think of The Flash film losing yet another director? Who should replace Famuyiwa? Sound off in the comments!
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