While superhero fans impatiently await the arrival of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice next spring, Warner Bros. is trying to get the other previously-announced movies in their DC Cinematic Universe ready for production. Suicide Squad starts shooting next month, followed by Wonder Woman and Justice League Part 1, both set for 2017. The studio's first 2018 movie is The Flash, which has Ezra Miller set to star as the title character, although the project doesn't have a writer or director attached at this time.
During today's Meet the Movie Press, The Wrap's Jeff Sneider revealed that Warner Bros. is pursuing Phil Lord and Chris Miller to direct The Flash, although there is apparently a "tug of war" over the directors between Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures. Sony reportedly wants them to direct their second Ghostbusters movie, which would serve as a companion to Paul Feig's all-female Ghostbusters reboot. Here's what Jeff Sneider had to say below.
"We've heard a bit of a tug of war going on between Warner Bros. and Sony, which would like the same two directors for one of its big franchise movies. If Warner Bros. wanted them for The Flash, and Sony wanted them for a Ghostbusters movie, which would Lord and Miller do?"
When we first reported about the second Ghostbusters movie, which would reportedly star Channing Tatum, Sony was eyeing Joe Russo and Anthony Russo to direct. However, that won't likely happen now, since they just signed on to direct the two-part Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. Now it is believed that Sony wants Phil Lord and Chris Miller to direct the Ghostbusters movie.
Of course, this hasn't been confirmed, and Phil Lord and Chris Miller already have a very full plate at the moment. They are producing a reboot of The Greatest American Hero, along with The Lego Movie spinoffs Ninjago, The LEGO Batman Movie and The Lego Movie Sequel. However, they haven't announced which project they will direct next, so it's possible that they could squeeze in either Ghostbusters or The Flash. Since the directors are best known for their comedies, Warner Bros. may be aiming for a lighter version of The Flash, but we don't know for certain. What do you think about these updates? Chime in with your thoughts below, and CLICK HERE to listen to the full Meet the Movie Press podcast.