Back in late September, director Rick Famuyiwa teased that he had finished his script revisions on The Flash, hinting that Ray Fisher's Cyborg will be part of the story. Today we have word that the filmmaker has left the project, with the studio searching for a director once again. Rick Famuyiwa came aboard in June, replacing Seth Grahame-Smith, who dropped out back in April.
The Hollywood Reporter had the news today, revealing that Rick Famuyiwa left the project due to "creative differences" with Warner Bros. The report adds that the filmmaker was going for an "edgier" approach to The Flash, which clashed with the studio's plans. Here's what Rick Famuyiwa had to say about his departure 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."
Originally, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were being eyed to direct The Flash, and they provided the initial treatment that Seth Grahame-Smith wrote his script from. The filmmakers parted ways with the project after they signed on to direct LucasFilm's coveted Han Solo spin-off project, which is set for release on May 25, 2018. We don't know know if this recent directorial departure will affect the March 16, 2018 release date, with production scheduled to begin next March.
As of now, the cast includes Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and Billy Crudup as Barry Allen's father, Dr. Henry Allen. There have also been reports that the main villains for The Flash will be Captain Cold and Golden Glider, but that hasn't been confirmed. Rick Famuyiwa's latest film Dope was an indie hit on the festival circuit last year, and his other directing credits include Our Family Wedding, Brown Sugar and The Wood.