Director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) is walking away from DC‘s cinematic origin story, The Flash. The news comes from an exclusive article from The Hollywood Reporter. In the exclusive, Famuyiwa cites the reason for his departure as being over “creative differences”. Sources close to the situation claim that Famuyiwa’s vision was an edgier version than what the studio and the original director, Seth Grahame-Smith who penned the script off a treatment from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, had in mind.
Famuyiwa did partially explain in a statement,
“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.”
Famuyiwa had been attached to the project since June and was gearing up for a March 2017 shooting date. While the studio didn’t want his voice, humor, or heart, they did need him to keep the film on schedule. Now, with the late exit, the Flash is in danger of no longer being on pace for its March 16, 2018 release.
Unless DC has another director up its sleeve, waiting to direct the film they envisioned, The Flash won’t start filming in March. There is just too much work to be done between now and then. Plus they’re star, Ezra Miller, has already acknowledged that he has another committment next July. Meaning, DC must now scramble with the timeline to make it all work. Luckily, the superhero in question has a long history of doing just that.
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