The Flash Movie Just Lost Its Director

Monday, 31 October 2016 - 6:42PM
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The Flash
Monday, 31 October 2016 - 6:42PM
The Flash Movie Just Lost Its Director
Another blow was struck against the DC Expanded Universe today, as The Flash director Rick Famuyiwa exited the project.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Dope filmmaker left over "creative differences" with the studio. The film was in pre-production with a planned start date in March, and a scheduled release date of March 16, 2018. However, it now seems likely that the film will face a significant delay unless Warner Bros. can find a new director very quickly, since star Ezra Miller begins filming another project in July. Here's part of the statement Famuyiwa gave to THR:
Opening quote
"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."
Closing quote

We've certainly seen this before with superhero movies, where a critical darling indie director's artistic vision simply doesn't line up with a studio's blockbuster plans. Rumor has it that Famuyiwa wanted the film to have more of an edge, but given the critical response to the "edginess" of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, we wouldn't be surprised if Warner is looking for a lighter approach.

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Famuyiwa is actually the second director to leave the film after Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote the script. Maybe at this point they should just produce a two hour episode of CW's The Flash and call it good.

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