‘The Flash’ Movie Loses Director Rick Famuyiwa

The Flash Movie Loses DIrector Rick
Flash: Courtes of Warner Bros; Famuyiwa: Eric Charbonneau/REX/Shutterstock

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s “The Flash” movie has hit another big speed bump: sources tell Variety that director Rick Famuyiwa has left the project.

Sources close to both Famuyiwa and the studio say creative differences forced the split. Similar issues arose with Warner’s “Wonder Woman” project after Michelle MacLaren left and was quickly replaced by Patty Jenkins without causing any issues to the production schedule.

Famuyiwa is the second director to exit the project, following Seth Grahame-Smith’s departure earlier this year. The studio is still expected to have another director in line shortly.

Warner Bros. had no comment on the news.

“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.”

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The move comes as a shock, given that pre-production for the film is already in high gear, and production was set to start in early 2017. The project was also far along in casting, most recently adding Kiersey Clemons to play Iris West and Billy Crudup to play Barry Allen’s father.

The movie was scheduled to be released on March 16, 2018. It’s currently unknown if this latest detour will force start of production and the release date to be moved.

After Grahame-Smith’s departure as director, the studio acted swiftly to replace him without any hiccups. This situation, however, is different; pre-production was in the very early stages at the time of Grahame-Smith’s exit, allowing the studio to regroup and focus on finding a new director. With pre-production so far along, change course now will be a tough hurdle to overcome, while still meeting deadlines.

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  1. jpe says:

    Not really upset. I found DOPE to be a bore (gave up after 35 mins)…and his current casting questionable.

  2. Kevin Smith is probably available.

  3. MrJ says:

    Respect his past work. No sure his “fresh generational, topical, and multicultural point of view” actually fits the Flash. WB is certainly a hot mess. But I would rather they take time to figure out what and how to do these movies, instead of rush and end up with trash movies.

  4. l0ky86 says:

    FU*CK WB

  5. Warner brother I loath your company’s work. Now it is clear as to why you are merging with Comcast. You are going to need all the distribution you can get to sell you weak, uniformly white, and underwhelming products. Frankly I’ve exhausted myself become aggravated by such inhibiting revisions by Warner Brothers Executive. You have secured your place as a “Stream Only Company.”

  6. Kyle says:

    Gosh, this is such a crisis, a delay in another comic book movie, really tragic

  7. michael says:

    Not good, just hope they find another good director. #The flash. Check out this.
    goo.gl/1NKapR

  8. Rex the Wonder Dog says:

    Get Tim Burton to direct it.

  9. When did Kevin Garnett start directing movies?

  10. Alex Meyer says:

    Man, these DC movies can’t hold on to their directors.

  11. It’s a shame that Hollywood and all its controversy cannot seem to get along with the “non- traditional” American film director. As for DC Comics and Warner Bros are in deep trouble if they can’t make this current list of films even come close to Marvels’ universe. Green Lantern a total disaster, Batman Vs Superman was crap, The Justice League trailer doesn’t ‘look that great, hope the move is better, only Wonder Woman looks hopeful, and what’s with The Flash’s costume anyway, it needs an overhaul. So with the success of the Flash TV show as well as Arrow, it looks like they either take the entire TV cast and make that movie, or stick with TV programming. As for Rick Famuyiwa however, keep making movies bro in time they will see your vision and want you back. Then it will be your decision if you want to return. Until then, focus on the formula Entertainment Equals Diversity for a new Hollywood.

  12. Sara says:

    They should drop forcing Cyborg into that movie too. Barry Allen and Cyborg were never even friends. Stop trying to replace Green Lantern with Cyborg, it doesn´t work.

  13. Alex Marco says:

    Interesting how a DC film losing a director is treated with so much panic over the state of the movie but when Edgar Wright left Ant-Man for the same reasons, Variety’s article barely made it seem like it mattered.

    http://variety.com/2014/film/news/edgar-wright-exits-marvels-ant-man-as-director-1201190458/

  14. Jim says:

    Please tell us again about WB’s “filmmaker driven” approach to these DC films. That was just a load of nonsense WB threw out there to try to justify their lack of vision for the DCCU films. Studio ordered re-shoots and a studio cut on Suicide Squad and they split with 1 WW director and now 2 Flash directors over creative differences. But, yeah, they have a filmmaker driven approach, lmfao.

  15. Late to the party says:

    As I found “Confirmation” well-intentioned yet ham-fisted in its execution, I regard this latest news as an uptick. Pass the beer nuts.

  16. Ray says:

    Bummed that he drop out, but it’s not a strange thing to lose director in pre production specially in blockbusters, I mean the hobbit (before Peter Jackson gauilermo del Toro was suppose to direct the movie) antman, Thor dark world (patty jenckins suppose to be director drop out in pre production),… Lose director in pre production, even last week deadpool 2 lose it’s director. Not that uncommon.
    Hopefully now Kiersey Clemons drop out of the movie too and before you get to name calling I don’t care if her replacement be an african-american woman (or Latino, asian,.. For that matter) I don’t think she is that good of actress, and yes I seen her movies, she not a bad actress but not that good either.

  17. BillUSA says:

    I’m beginning to think of Warner Brothers as “Dysfunction Junction” because of all the turmoil. I know directors leave projects a lot of times, but it seems that this studio loves turnover a little too much.

    Oh, And nothing against Ezra Miller, but Grant Gustin deserves the job.

  18. Tasha says:

    Good. Hopefully he can take his bad casting choices with him!

  19. loco73 says:

    Hey…Uwe Boll is free! He just recently announced his retirement from directing movies! If anything could bring him out of retirement would be the opportunity to direct such a project! Warner Bros and DC deserve the best! And Uwe Boll is the best…I mean you can’t go wrong with the guy!!!

  20. Phillip Ayling says:

    Josh Trank would be perfect for Warners at this point.

  21. anonymous says:

    DCEU is a trainwreck

  22. MrJ says:

    I mean it’s common that movie projects would have massive changes during post production. Yet these negative news are destroying people’s trust in WB/DCCU.

  23. Bas says:

    Da Fuq? That Studio at it again.SMH

  24. myrcellasear says:

    Well, there goes any hopes I had for the Flash movie…

  25. Armistead Gwathney says:

    Seem odd.

  26. WHY says:

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooo

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