Back in late April, it was announced that writer-director Seth Grahame-Smith had parted ways with Warner Bros.' superhero adaptation The Flash, due to creative differences with the studio. That report revealed Warner Bros. was still planning on keeping the script Seth Grahame-Smith wrote, based off a treatment written by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Today we have word that the studio has found Seth Grahame-Smith's replacement, with Dope director Rick Famuyiwa signing on.
Deadline reports that a deal should be hammered out quickly for the director, while confirming that the studio is still keeping Seth Grahame-Smith's script. The project would have marked Seth Grahame-Smith's directing debut, although the studio reportedly wanted a more seasoned director at the helm. Rick Famuyiwa's vision is said to be very "compatible" with the script, with the studio believing that his take will resonate with younger viewers.
Ezra Miller will return as Barry Allen/The Flash, after making his DCEU debut past this spring in a Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice cameo. No other cast members have been confirmed yet, but it has been recently rumored that Ray Fisher's Cyborg will team up with Barry Allen in this movie. We have also reported that the studio is currently casting for five DC Comics characters that include Iris West, Eobard Thawne, Fred Chyre, Len Snart and Jay Garrick.
Warner Bros. has set a March 16, 2018 release date for The Flash movie, which currently has no direct competition. Production is currently under way on Justice League Part 1, under the direction of Zack Snyder, which has a November 17, 2017 release date in place. We reported that the Justice League Part 1 story will carry over into both The Flash and Aquaman (July 27, 2018), before Justice League Part 2 hits theaters on June 14, 2019.
Rick Famuyiwa took Sundance by storm last year with his indie coming-of-age comedy Dope, which was released theatrically last summer by Fox Searchlight Pictures. His previous directing credits include The Wood, Brown Sugar and Our Family Wedding, along with the HBO Films TV movie Confirmation, which debuted in April on the cable network. We'll keep you posted with more updates on The Flash movie as soon as they're available.