Best-selling author Seth Grahame-Smith was set to make his film directing debut on Warner Brothers’ ‘The Flash’, part of its unfolding DC Expanded Universe, based on the superheroes of subsidiary DC Comics. However, word has now emerged that Grahame-Smith has left the project over– what else?– creative differences. In early March, Joseph Gordon-Levitt similarly quit WB’s ‘The Sandman’ also based on a DC Comics property (although not necessarily one connected to the DCEU) also over creative differences.
It’s unclear what those differences were in either case, but we do know that casting had begun, so maybe that had something to do with it. But that’s just a guess.
At this time, it is believed that whoever takes over directing duties will retain Grahame-Smith’s script, based on a treatment by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative team behind ‘The LEGO Movie’ and at one point, the pair were reportedly under consideration to helm this film as well.
Grahame-Smith’s departure appears to be amicable as he will continue working with Warner Brothers, who produced movies based on his novels ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’. He is working on the scripts for ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ (now filming) and ‘Beetlejuice 2’. He does not have another directing project lined up.
Ezra Miller will portray The Flash/Barry Allen in the movie. He made his debut in the role in ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’. The film is slated for release on March 3, 2018 and this hiccup shouldn’t delay that.
It was recently revealed that the film would also include the characters Iris West, Fred Chyre, Eobard Thawne, Leonard Snart and Jay Garrick.
What do you think? What director(s) should take over for Grahame-Smith? Does this development cause you concern?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter