Warner Bros. has hit quite the bump in the road with The Flash.
Director Rick Famuyiwa has exited the project over those dreaded “creative differences.” Famuyiwa, who earned wide acclaim with his coming-of-age picture Dope, was announced as director back in June.
THR broke the news regarding Famuyiwa’s exit, reporting that this stumble in the middle of pre-production will likely push back the film’s planned March 2017 shooting start and US release on March 16, 2018. Lead actor Ezra Miller apparently has another project scheduled to start filming in July.
Famuyiwa departure throws quite a spanner in the works, considering the filmmaker had been developing the film since June and even played a part in the casting of Kiersey Clemons and Billy Crudup, who have signed on to play Iris West and Henry Allen respectively. Word is that the director had an edgier version of The Flash in mind, which conflicted with what the studio had planned.
“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,” Famuyiwa said in a statement to THR.
“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.”
WB will no doubt be keen to get a new director on board as soon as possible. We’ll keep you informed.