This is starting to look pretty sad.
Rick Famuyiwa, the filmmaker behind the indie darling Dope, was given the nod a few months back to take over production from Seth Grahame-Smith, who was originally set to direct Warner Bros’ solo Flash feature starring Ezra Miller (who initially appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will reprise the role in Justice League).
It was a move that was hailed by many as a righting of the ship, and a nice step-up from the inexperienced Grahame-Smith. Famuyiwa even undertook casting for some key supporting roles, enlisting Kiersey Clemons to play Iris West, and Billy Crudup as Henry Allen.
But Variety reports that Famuyiwa stepped away from the film today, with the following 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,” Famuyiwa said in a statement. “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.”
The film was scheduled to see release in March of 2018, but that seems quite unlikely at this stage, barring a quick change.
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