Christopher Rosen
April 29, 2016 at 11:28 PM EDT

The Flash needs a new director.

Seth Grahame-Smith will not direct the DC Comics adaptation for Warner Bros., EW has confirmed. The studio will still use Grahame-Smith’s screenplay, however, for The Flash film.

The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news.

Grahame-Smith was first hired for the job in October of last year, and The Flash would have marked the Pride & Prejudice & Zombies writer’s directorial debut. The film’s script is based in part on a treatment written by directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who also worked with Grahame-Smith on The LEGO Batman Movie (where Grahame-Smith acted as screenwriter and Lord and Miller are producers).

The Flash will star Ezra Miller as the title superhero. Miller made his debut as The Flash in March’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, appearing in two sequences in that film — including a much discussed vision featuring Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne.

“We had such a straightforward narrative, on one hand, I wanted this other layer of the movie to be complicated and bizarre,” BvS director Zack Snyder told EW of the sequence this year.

The Flash is set for release on March 16, 2018.

Reporting by Nicole Sperling

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