Sunday, 18 November, 2018

The Flash movie: Zemeckis, Raimi, Vaughn on director list

Ezra Miller as The Flash who may just get a director after all. Image Warner Bros Ezra Miller as The Flash who may just get a director after all. Image Warner Bros
Stacy Diaz | 17 May, 2017, 13:55

Naturally, Warner Bros. declined to comment.

Two of these director's names have come up recently as well.

Famuyiwa was the second departure after Seth Grahame-Smith, who had written the script and was slated to make his directorial debut.

The film, starring Ezra Miller as the titular speedy superhero, would mark a return to the world of sci-fi-infused fantasy for the "Back to the Future" director, known for blending emotional stories with top-notch visual effects. However, he quickly signed on to a non-superhero film for Universal, which everyone assumed put him out of contention.

The director shortlist for The Flash is making interesting reading, and just over a fortnight since Robert Zemeckis was linked with the project, he's turned up again as one of the possibles that Warner Bros is considering.

All the filmmakers met with the studio in recent weeks and are considered to be strong contenders for the project.

Other directors are also in the mix, including Matthew Vaughn, who was rumored back in March as the director the studio was courting to helm Man of Steel 2. While all the directors are being considered, it would be hard for some of them to make The Flash in a timely manner.

According to website Den of Geek, Zemeckis is the frontrunner to helm the comic book adaptation but due to his scheduling conflicts with his now untitled new movie with Steve Carell which he is due to start shooting in August. The last film Raimi directed was Oz the Great and Powerful, the 2013 Disney movie that acted as a prequel to The Wizard of Oz.

That trade reports Zemeckis is Warner Bros.'s first choice, and they'd be willing to wait for him given he's already commmited to an untitled Steve Carell drama that will shoot this fall. In November, it was announced that director Rick Famuyiwa had quit the movie over over "creative differences" with Warner Bros.

Going with either choice, 'The Flash' film is walking away with a solid director.