Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Back in the Running for THE FLASH?
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller met with DC Films about directing The Flash during a production hiatus on Lucasfilm’s Han Solo movie, The Wrap reports. On Tuesday, it was learned the directing duo were fired by Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy with less than a month of filming remaining on the Star Wars standalone.
The 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie directors were initially tapped by Warner Bros. in 2015 to provide the story for and write The Flash, part of WB’s DC Cinematic Universe (launched in 2013 with Man of Steel, followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman). Seth Grahame-Smith — who has only directed two episodes of MTV’s short-lived The Hard Times of RJ Berger — was hired to direct in late 2015. Grahame-Smith, who has penned the scripts for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and The LEGO Batman Movie, reworked the script.
Grahame-Smith left the project, with Dope director Rick Famuyiwa taking the reigns. Famuyiwa also departed the project in October 2016, with The Flash getting a page-one rewrite by Joby Harold (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword). Since then, Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man), Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump) were on WB’s shortlist to direct, with Zemeckis reported as the frontrunner.
With no director currently attached to The Flash, Lord and Miller — who boarded Han Solo as directors shortly after scripting The Flash — could likely join that shortlist in light of their firing from Disney and Lucasfilm’s sophomore Star Wars standalone (following billion dollar grosser Rogue One, released last December).
The superhero speedster made his live-action film debut in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, played by Ezra Miller, who reprised the role for a brief cameo in Suicide Squad. Miller’s fastest man alive, aka Barry Allen, will get more to do as a member of the Justice League, in theaters this November.
The Flash has no announced release date.