According to Variety magazine, director Rick Famuyiwa has departed from The Flash film. Famuyiwa is the second director to leave, after Seth Grahame-Smith left the project earlier this year in April. Both departed production due to “creative differences.”
The Perks of Being a Wallflower actor Ezra Miller is set to play Barry Allen/The Flash. Kiersey Clemons is also cast as Iris West, and Billy Crudup as Barry’s father. The movie was also scheduled to release on March 16, 2018, but now it is unclear whether the date will stay the same or if it will be pushed back.
Famuyiwa said that when he was initially approached about the project, he was “excited about the opportunity to enter this amazing world of characters.” After discussion, he and the crew “couldn’t come together creatively on the project.”
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.
Since Grahame-Smith left early in the project, the crew was able to continue smoothly in the production process. However, since production is far along, replacing Famuyiwa while sticking to deadlines will be much more difficult this time around.
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