It looks like the Fastest Man Alive has found someone else to call the shots. Deadline is reporting that Rick Famuyiwa will be stepping in to take over directorial duties of The Flash from departing director Seth Grahame-Smith. As of this writing, it appears that the Ezra Miller-starring film is moving forward with Grahame-Smith’s script in light of his departure from the film.
Famuyiwa, known for writing and directing the Sundance film Dope as well as helming HBO’s upcoming drama Confirmation, is an up-and-coming director that Warner Bros execs feel will be able to resonate with the younger demographic they are targeting. His directorial debut centers around a geek trying to survive in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood. Replace “Los Angeles” with “Central City” and “geek” with “incredibly likeable science nerd who happens to have the power of super speed,” and it sounds like they might just be onto something.
Grahame-Smith, known for writing Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, was set to make his directorial debut with The Flash before reportedly leaving the project over creative differences. Grahame-Smith wrote the script for the Scarlet Speedster’s cinematic solo outing based on a treatment by in-demand The LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
It remains to be seen what the “creative differences” were that caused Grahame-Smith to leave the project. At this point, however, studio interference was all be inevitable. Warner Bros executives are being ultra-cautious with their DC properties after the negative critical and fan response to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. What changes do you think they wanted to make to his script that Grahame-Smith just couldn’t get behind? More humor? Less humor? More action? More references to the DC Extended Universe? Sound off in the comments below.
The Flash, starring Ezra Miller, is set to speed into theaters on March 16, 2018.