Barry Allen’s solo on-screen adventure is getting a tune-up. The popular DC Comics character The Flash will have Sundance darling Rick Famuyiwa now at its helm. According to two sources, the director of Dope is in negotiations to join the DC Comics multi-verse, helming his first big-production flick starring Ezra Miller as the titular hero.
The news comes just a little more than a month after DC and author Seth Grahame-Smith parted ways over what was to be Grahame-Smith’s directorial debut. After Warner Bros. fledgling subsidiary DC Films stumbled on Batman vs. Superman, it decided to take a closer look at who was in charge of each upcoming film.
Famuyiwa is no veteran to big-budget movies but he has made four films, including the 2015 Sundance darling Dope. His other credits include Brown Sugar, The Wood, and Our Family Wedding. He also co-wrote the 2007 film Talk to Me and most recently directed the HBO movie Confirmation, starring Kerry Washington as Anita Hill. The Flash will mark the biggest budget effort yet for the 42-year old Nigerian-American filmmaker.
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Grahame-Smith, the author and screenwriter of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter wrote the script for the upcoming feature on the speedy superhero but left the project over creative differences. It’s unclear whether the script will get a rewrite for Famuyiwa, who will direct for a March 16, 2018 release date.
Warner Bros. declined to comment.