Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s “The Flash” film has tripped up as director Rick Famuyiwa (“Dope”) has left the project due to creative differences.
Famuyiwa is the second director to exit the project, following Seth Grahame-Smith’s departure earlier this year. The studio is expected to have another director in line shortly. Famuyiwa said in a statement:
“When I was approached by Warner Bros and DC about the possibility of directing The Flash, I was excited about the opportunity to enter this amazing world of characters that I loved growing up, and still do to this day. I was also excited to work with Ezra Miller, who is a phenomenal young actor.
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.”
Pre-production for the film is already well underway and production was set to start in early 2017 with Kiersey Clemons set to play Iris West and Billy Crudup to play Barry Allen’s father.
It’s currently unknown if the March 16th 2018 will be impacted. Warners had a similar situation when Michelle MacLaren left “Wonder Woman,” but quickly resolved it and replaced her with Patty Jenkins without any delays to the production schedule.