Raimi, Webb, Crudup Won’t Do “The Flash”

Yesterday came a report suggesting that the frontrunners to direct the delayed “The Flash” film at Warner Bros. Pictures were down to several possibilities with Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn and Sam Raimi in the mix.

Today, EW has a follow-up saying Raimi already passed on the prospect, as has “The Amazing Spider-Man” filmmaker Marc Webb. No reason is given for why both passed.

The more surprising bit is that the site also says that Billy Crudup, who is set to play Ezra Miller’s father in the film and has already shot scenes in character for Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” this November, is dropping out.

Again, no reason has been given for his exit. The scene, glimpsed in the “Justice League” trailer, will either be cut or will be reshot with whoever is hired to replace him.

“The Flash” film has had difficulty finding a director with both Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa attached and then exiting the project at different points.

Zemeckis is said to be the frontrunner and the studio is willing to wait for him to complete post-production on his current film as The Flash himself, actor Ezra Miller, has to shoot “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2” this Fall.

Update: Now Warner Bros. has refuted this story about Crudup in EW, which is owned by Time Warner, and maintain that he remains onboard to play Henry Allen.