There isn’t much that can actually slow down the Flash, but the loss of another director is a pretty big speed bump in the hero’s path.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Rick Famuyiwa has reportedly left Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s The Flash which was in pre-production with an eye on beginning production in 2017. The split is said to be chalked up to creative differences between director and studio.
This is quite a blow for the project that had already lost a director when Seth Grahame-Smith left the film earlier this year. The difference though in the two’s departures is that when Grahame-Smith left the film was only in the early stages of coming together which made bringing in a new director easier since that new director could still change things to fit their unique creative vision.
Famuyiwa provided a statement to THR about the departure:
“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.”
Since coming aboard in June, Famuyiwa oversaw the addition of Kiersey Clemons and Billy Crudup to the cast as Iris West and Henry Allen respectively. Ezra Miller was on board to reprise his role as Barry Allen/The Flash after cameo appearances in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad earlier this year.
When the film was set to arrive was already up in the air as it had been said to be aiming for a March 16, 2018 release date but recently the Warner Bros. produced Tomb Raider film was given that date, making it unclear where The Flash might land. With this delay of finding a third director, the film might have to be pushed back.
THR also reported that Miller already has a commitment in July that would take precedence over a possibly delayed The Flash filming.
Warner Bros. is now left finding someone to pick up the film which has a script from Grahame-Smith which was based off a treatment by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and possibly includes additions made by Famuyiwa during pre-production.