Two weeks ago, word surfaced that a new creative team was being brought in to get Warner Brothers’ stalled ‘The Flash’ movie. Specifically, it is believed that WB is reassigning the film to screenwriter Christina Hodson, who penned the upcoming ‘Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)’, and is working on ‘Batgirl’, and director Andy Muschietti, who handled the two ‘It’ movies for the studio.
Muschietti was in attendance at San Diego Comic-Con to present the trailer for ‘It: Chapter Two’ at the opening night Scare Diego event. Erik Davis of Fandango apparently had a chance for some one-on-one time with Muschietti and tweeted this report:
Earlier, I asked Andy Muschietti about #TheFlash movie and his answer: “Oh, I can’t really talk about that… yet.” He added, “I really want to take a few months off after #ITChapter2 and then regroup.”#SDCC pic.twitter.com/O3Sqa1xMNR
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) July 18, 2019
Considering how long ‘The Flash’ has been in development hell, what’s a few more months to let Muschietti recharge his batteries? Besides, if Hodson is starting from scratch with the screenplay, that could take some time.
John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein had been attached to direct, but have moved on. Reportedly, the pair, who contributed to the script for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ wanted a lighthearted approach, but star Ezra Miller wanted something darker and teamed up with comic writer Grant Morrison to pen their own take, which Warner Bros. is said to have rejected.
Warner Bros. still wants Miller to star, however. His holding contract expired at the end of May, but it has been reported that the studio signed a new agreement. Miller also stars in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise for the studio and appears to have a strong relationship with them. He is expected to film ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ before ‘The Flash’, and the former won’t begin production until this fall at the earliest. Once again, that allows more time for Muschietti to rest up before diving into another major franchise pic.
Coincidentally, should Muschietti direct ‘The Flash’, he joins the club of horror directors who shifted over to the DC Universe, alongside David F. Sandberg– ‘Annabelle: Creation’/’Shazam!’– and James Wan– ‘The Conjuring’ and ‘Insidious’ franchise/’Aquaman’.
Would you like to see Andy Muschietti bring the Scarlet Speedster back to the big screen?