Warner Bros. finally has another director onboard to helm DC’s long-gestating ‘The Flash’ solo film: Andy Muschietti. He was being eyed to direct back in July.
In an interview with Fandango, Muschietti was able to confirm his involvement:
“Fandango correspondent Nikki Novak asked if ‘Flash’ would be his next project: “Yup,” he replied with a smile.
When asked if his take on ‘The Flash’ would contain horror elements similar to the ‘It’ movies, Muschietti had this to say:
“An element of horror? I don’t think so. What captivated me about ‘The Flash’ is the human drama in it. The human feelings and emotions that play in the drama [of it]. It’s going to be fun, too. I can’t promise that there will be any horror [elements in it], really, but it’s a beautiful human story.”
Muschietti broke out with the blockbuster success ‘It,’ while the sequel ‘It: Chapter Two’ releases September 6th. He is also popular for Universal’s ‘Mama,’ starring Jessica Chastain. In the future, he will direct Warner Bros.’ ‘Attack on Titan’ and a remake of H.G. Wells’ ‘The Time Machine.’
Ezra Miller (‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower,’ ‘Justice League’) is still set to star as the titular character.
The DCEU iteration of ‘The Flash’ has gone through many hands over the past several years. So, let’s break it down:
- In the beginning, Phil Lord & Chris Miller (‘The Lego Movie’) did a story treatment for the film.
- Then, Seth Grahame-Smith (‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’) took over to write and make his directorial debut.
- Later, Grahame-Smith was replaced by Rick Famuyiwa (‘Dope’), who signed on to direct and make some script revisions.
- Because of those revisions, Famuyiwa was fired due to “creative differences.” But wait, there’s more!
- Joby Harold (‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’) was hired to do a page-one rewrite, and the film became ‘Flashpoint.’
- Dan Mazeau (‘Wrath of the Titans’) also contributed to that version of the script at some point.
- John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein (‘Game Night’) came aboard to write and direct, only to leave due to creative differences.
- Ezra Miller and Grant Morrison (‘Happy’) also tried their hand at a screenplay, with a “darker” take.
Now, the screenplay is from Christina Hodson, who recently wrote the Transformers spin-off/reboot/prequel film ‘Bumblebee,’ which got universal acclaim. Next up is Warner Bros. and DC’s ‘Birds of Prey,’ starring Margot Robbie, releasing February 7, 2020. She has also written the screenplay for another WB/DC film: ‘Batgirl.’
Meanwhile, Miller still has his commitment to the ongoing ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise. The third installment recently got two pushes in filming, and will now begin production spring 2020. This adds to the perpetual limbo ‘The Flash’ has been in for quite some time.
Warner Bros. has not set a release date for ‘The Flash.’ But, it could arrive sometime in 2022 at the earliest.