Director Rick Famuyiwa Leaves The Flash

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,

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 Bros., DC, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Ezra Miller all the best as they continue their journey into the speed force.

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.

Rick Famuyiwa's script revision - The Flash

Rick Famuyiwa with other DCEU directors at SDCC 2016

Kenneth Sequeira

A self confessed Nolanite, Batfan and a young cinephile.