Photo credit: Helga Esteb /
Photo credit: Helga Esteb /

Warner Brothers has found a director for its ‘The Flash’ movie, Rick Famuyiwa the helmer of the award-winning film ‘Dope’.

Author Seth Grahame-Smith was previously slated to make his directorial debut on the DC Comics flick, but departed the project over creative differences.  Allegedly, Warner Brothers grew concerned after the poor response to ‘Batman V Superman’ and became nervous about a first-time director helming ‘The Flash’.

The movie is still expected to retain Grahame-Smith’s script, based on a treatment by ‘The LEGO Movie”s Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

Famuyiwa’s 2015 comedy/drama ‘Dope’ won accolades and numerous awards.  He previously directed low budget hits like ‘The Wood’, ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘Our Family Wedding’ and recently completed the TV movie ‘Confirmation’ based on the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill scandal of the early 90s with an all-star cast, including Kerry Washington as Hill and Wendell Pierce as Thomas.

Famuyiwa’s low budget works don’t especially indicate that he is ready to tackle a big budget super hero tentpole, but at least he has some filmmaking credentials, which is more than Grahame-Smith had.  And the overwhelmingly positive reaction that ‘Dope’ received may indicate that the time has come for him to rise to higher profile projects.

‘The Flash’ is scheduled for release on March 16, 2018 with Ezra Miller portraying the title hero.  Fans already got a brief glimpse of Miller in action in ‘Batman V Superman’ and he will be featured in ‘Justice League – Part One’ which arrives on November 17, 2017, and will be directed by ‘BvS”s Zack Snyder.

Have you seen any of Famuyiwa’s work?  Do you think he’ll make a good director for ‘The Flash’?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter