In an unexpected switch up, “IT” and “Mama” filmmaker Andy Muschietti has entered talks to take the helm of the film adaptation of the DC Comics title “The Flash” at Warner Bros. Pictures.
“Game Night” and “Vacation” writer/directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who wrote drafts of the script, were originally slated to direct the project but have moved on after months of creative differences bogged down the project – they wanted to do something light, the film’s star Ezra Miller wanted to go dark. The pair’s departure was said to be amicable.
Miller remains attached to play Barry Allen, the Fastest Man Alive, despite a script he co-wrote with comics author Grant Morrison being turned down. Instead, “Bumblebee” and “Birds of Prey” helmer Christina Hodson is now being eyed to pen the script.
Muschietti partner and sister, Barbara Muschietti, will produce alongside Michael Disco and things are moving fast with the plan to be into pre-production by January. Official offers are expected to go out shortly.
Warners is clearly hoping for lightning in a bottle twice following the success of hiring horror filmmakers like The Conjuring’s James Wan to helm “Aquaman” and Lights Out’s David Sandberg to tackle “Shazam”. They also recently hired House of Wax’s Jaume Collet-Serra to direct “Black Adam”.
The news comes as the sixth season of The CW’s well-regarded TV series version, starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, kicked off production this week ahead of its return in the Fall.
Source: Heat Vision