If you were looking forward to seeing what Dope director Rick Famuyiwa could do with the story of Barry Allen, we have some bad news.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Famuyiwa has departed the DC Extended Universe's (DCEU) upcoming Flash film due to “creative differences” in regard to what Warner Bros. wanted to do with the project. Famuyiwa has been developing the project for about five months, and played a key role in casting much of the supporting cast. It was scheduled to enter production in March 2017, with a release date penciled in for March 16, 2018. With the film now without a director, it seems that start date (and possible release date) could get bumped.
Here’s the director’s statement on his departure:
“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 Brothers, DC, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns, and Ezra Miller all the best as they continue their journey into the speed force.”
It goes without saying, but this is bad news for DC. Justice League is already having its tone retooled. David Ayer’s poorly reviewed Suicide Squad was plagued by reports of studio meddling, and this actually marks the second director to jump ship on Flash. Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote the script, was originally attached to direct.
Ugh. Let’s just all hope Wonder Woman is awesome.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)