Famuyiwa Runs Away From ‘The Flash’

By October 31, 2016
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Somebody call Angela Lansbury – comic book movie directors are dropping like flies.

famuyiwainset103116Just a week after Deadpool 2 lost director Tim Miller, DC Comics is on a new search of its own after Rick Famuyiwa has departed from Warner Bros.’ motion picture take on The Flash.

The reasons, at least according to The Hollywood Reporter, were “creative differences,” the dreaded ambiguous issue that has plagued film and television projects for decades. The move comes just months before production was set to start, and has both Warner Bros. and DC scrambling to find a replacement.

“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.”

Famuyiwa, an up-and-coming director who helmed the 2015 crime drama Dope, had already completed a number of pre-production tasks, including casting Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, and Billy Crudup as Henry Allen. Miller already had been cast as the title character, portraying him twice already this past year in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.

The “creative differences,” according to the trade publication, was reportedly over Famuyiwa’s desire to move forward with a Flash film with “more edge.” That was something Warner Bros. and DC apparently felt uncomfortable with, pushing back.

And Famuyiwa isn’t the first director casualty on The Flash. Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote the screenplay based on a story from Star Wars Han Solo anthology directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, was the first to be attached. Grahame-Smith’s only directorial work before that was from the television series he created for MTV, The Hard Times of R.J. Berger.

The Flash was looking for a March 2018 release, but that might now be pushed back after losing a director at such a late stage.

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