Warner Bros. don’t seem to catch a break with The Flash. First, Phil Lord and Chris Miller left the project to direct the Han Solo prequel but left a treatment for the film. Then Seth Graham Smith was roped in to direct but he too left in April citing “creative differences”.
The studio then recruited Dope director Rick Famuyiwa for the directing gig in June. Famuyiwa was a fan of the property and oversaw the important castings of Kiersey Clemons as Iris West and Billy Crudup as Henry Allen. He had also revised the initial script by Smith which he gleefully announced on twitter.
Today, in an exclusive report, The Hollywood Reporter announced the departure of Famuyiwa from the project. They gave the generic reason of “creative difference“. Sources said that the Dope helmer’s vision of making a movie with more edge clashed with the studio’s take.
In a statement to THR, Famuyiwa said,
The report has now led many to believe that the production on The Flash will be further delayed as the studio sets out to find a new director. This is not the first time that a big studio project has lost it’s director early on. Michelle McLaren had left Wonder Woman in early stages before Patty Jenkins was hired. In a much more publicized scuffle, Edgar Wright exited Ant-Man after spending years in developing the script.
The Flash starring Ezra Miller is slated to release on March 16, 2018. Audiences first caught a glimpse of the character in action Suicide Squad and he will be seen in full swing in The Justice League.