Director Rick Famuyiwa exits ‘The Flash’ over creative differences

Director Rick Famuyiwa is no longer directing The Flash for Warner Bros. due to “creative differences”. Famuyiwa is the second director that Warner Bros. has let go from the project. The studio parted ways with the original director, Seth Grahame-Smith, earlier this year as well.

Famuyiwa joined The Flash this past June, and was hard at work rewriting the script. He even cast Kiersey Clemons and Billy Crudup in important roles. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the director wanted the movie to have “more edge”, and that clashed with the studio’s take.

Famuyiwa confirmed the split, and released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter:

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

The Flash was supposed to begin shooting early next year for a March 2018 release. That will all likely be delayed now. Stay tuned to Batman News for more on the future of The Flash movie.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter