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2nd July 2019 - Andy Muschietti in Talks to Direct; Christina Hodson Eyed to Pen Script

Andy Muschietti, the filmmaker behind the hit Stephen King adaptation It and the upcoming It: Chapter Two, is in talks to direct the action-adventure project based on the DC Comics superhero. His partner and sister, Barbara Muschietti, will produce. joining Michael Disco on the project.

John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who wrote drafts of the script and were slated to direct the project, have moved on, however, Ezra Miller, the actor who has long been attached to star as the fleet-footed hero, remains on board to star.

But in further development, the studio won’t be moving forward with the script Miller co-wrote with comics author Grant Morrison. Instead, Warners will hire Christina Hodson, the scribe behind Bumblebee and the studio's upcoming DC movie, the Margot Robbie-fronted Birds of Prey, to tackle the script. The goal is to be in prep by January 2020.

16th March 2019 - Ezra Miller to Take Turn at Penning Script with Grant Morrison; Miller's Contract to Expire in May and May Exit if Script Isn't Agreed Upon

Ezra Miller is taking a stab at writing the script for the Warner Bros. project, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He has teamed up with Grant Morrison, the acclaimed comics author, to pen a draft that could determine if he stays on as star, playing crimefighter Barry Allen.

John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have a light hearted approach whilst Miller is said to want a darker take on the material. Miller’s holding deal on Flash expires May.

The two sides have been working on compromises since last year but Miller took the initiative to tackle the story himself. He partnered with Morrison, with Warners hiring the two to script their take.

16th October 2018 - Production Delayed Until Late 2019; Release Date Pushed

Warner Bros. is pushing back the start of filming on the studio’s still untitled standalone Flash film, sources tell Variety. The film never received a formal greenlight nor did it have a set release date, but it had been expected to begin shooting in March. However, a script is still being tweaked and the studio thinks that it won’t enough time to get the script in shape in order for the film to make its original start date.

That’s a problem, because Ezra Miller, the live-wire performer tasked with playing the Flash, also has a key supporting role in “Fantastic Beasts,” the “Harry Potter” spin-off series. The third film in the franchise begins shooting in July, which would cause scheduling headaches. The standalone Flash film is now expected to commence production in late 2019. That likely means the superhero adventure won’t debut in theaters until some time in 2021.

13th June 2018 - Production Begins Early 2019; Back to the Future Serving As Inspiration

The Flash, which will finally begin production in early 2019 with Ezra Miller starring, has abandoned the somber themes it had been expected to tackle. The film now has the Game Night team of John Francis Daly and Jonathan Goldstein on board, and it's looking to Back to the Future as a touchstone.

16th January 2018 - John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein in Negotations to Direct

“Vacation” helmers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are in negotiations to direct “Flashpoint,” the Flash’s standalone feature starring Ezra Miller.

Warner Bros. had no comment.

The studio had initially courted Ben Affleck to return to the director’s chair, but he eventually passed on the gig. By tapping Daley and Goldstein, the studio seems to eye a comedic tone for the film, given the duo’s directing background on pics like “Vacation” and the upcoming “Game Night” starring Jason Bateman.


22nd July 2017 - Adapting Flashpoint Comic

During Warner Bros’ Comic-Con session, a sizzle reel revealed the logos of the studio’s upcoming slate and their potential titles including Shazam, Suicide Squad 2, The Batman (with Ben Affleck’s Batman shown), Justice League Dark, Batgirl, Green Lantern Corps, The Flash — followed by a Flashpoint logo, and last, Wonder Woman II.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros.’s upcoming slate indicated that its standalone Barry Allen movie starring Ezra Miller as The Flash will tackle the universe-changing comic book storyline “Flashpoint.”

For the uninitiated, “Flashpoint” is a time-twisting 2011 DC Comics crossover event that was written by Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, with art by Andy Kubert and immediately preceded the New 52 initiative (which, ironically, just ended in 2016). In the story, Barry Allen wakes up in an alternate reality where his mother is still alive and he doesn’t have his powers, which means he isn’t The Flash. However, those aren’t the only changes.

17th May 2017 - Matthew Vaughn, Robert Zemeckis, Sam Raimi on Shortlist to Direct

Warner Bros.’s big-screen take on The Flash has narrowed down it's search to three directors: Matthew Vaughn, Robert Zemeckis and Sam Raimi have all met in recent weeks and are each strong contenders for the gig.

The trio of directors emerge as Warners is in the final throes of its search for a filmmaker to tackle the Scarlet Speedster after losing Rick Famuyiwa, who made Sundance sensation Dope, in October 2016 over "creative differences.”

The current frontrunner appears to be Back to the Future and Forrest Gump director Zemeckis. He is now focused on a new project, an untitled drama that will star Steve Carell and that will shoot this fall and that appeared to sideline him from the gig. But now some sources say that Warners is willing to wait for him.

26th January 2017 - Joby Harold to Reimagine the Script
Joby Harold has been hired by Warner Bros. to reimagine the script, EW has learned. The move comes after director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) left the Ezra Miller-led movie back in October.

Famuyiwa’s exit came after creative differences, as his screenplay would have taken Barry Allen into edgier territory. Former director Seth Grahame-Smith also wrote a script and also left the project over creative differences with Warner Bros. and DC.

Harold’s recent work has been for WB. He wrote King Arthur: Legend of the Sword directed by Guy Ritchie, which arrives May 12, as well as 2018’s take on Robin Hood starring Kingsman‘s Taron Egerton in the title role.

  • 1st November 2016 - Director Exits Again
    Rick Famuyiwa, who made waves with his coming-of-age Sundance sensation Dope, has parted ways with the studio over "creative differences," The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

    Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s “The Flash” movie has hit another big speed bump: sources tell Variety that director Rick Famuyiwa has left the project.

    It is unclear why the “Dope” director left the film, but this now marks the second helmer to exit the pic following Seth Grahame-Smith’s departure earlier this year.

    Warner Bros. had no comment on the news.

    The move comes as a shock, given that pre-production for the film is already in high gear, and production was set to start in early 2017. The project was also far along in casting, most recently adding Kiersey Clemons to play Iris West and Billy Crudup to play Barry Allen’s father.

    The movie was scheduled to be released on March 16, 2018. It’s currently unknown if this latest detour will force start of production and the release date to be moved.

  • 9th September 2016 - Billy Crudup in Talks to Play Henry Allen
    After playing Dr. Manhattan in the Warner Bros. film “Watchmen,” Billy Crudup is now looking to reunite with the studio on one of their highly anticipated comic book movies.

    Sources tell Variety Crudup is in talks to play the father of Barry Allen (aka the Flash) in the upcoming Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment film, which stars Ezra Miller as the title character.

    Warner Bros. had no comment.

  • 17th August - Cyborg to Appear
    Cyborg will appear in “The Flash,” sources tell Variety.

    It’s not known how substantial a role the hero will play in the film. But it’s another signal of DC Comics and Warner Bros.’ ambitions to build a sprawling, cinematic universe to compete with Marvel Studios, one where heroes and villains will pop up in solo spinoff adventures, as well as lend support to other costumed allies. Cyborg’s appearance in “The Flash” and next year’s “Justice League” are intended to whet audiences’ interest in the character, building toward a potential, standalone “Cyborg” film in 2020.

    Ray Fisher, a newcomer best known for his stage work, has played Cyborg and his alter-ego Victor Stone. He made a small cameo appearance in last spring’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” DC released “Suicide Squad” this summer and will debut a “Justice League” film and “Wonder Woman” in 2017.

    A spokesman for Warner Bros. declined to comment.

  • 25th July - Kiersey Clemons to Star as Iris West
    Kiersey Clemons has closed a deal to star opposite Ezra Miller in “The Flash” movie.

    Variety first reported earlier this month that she was the top choice for the female lead in the Warner Bros. film.

    Insiders reveal that Clemons is likely to play Iris West, the tough-as-nails journalist and friend of Barry Allen, the alter ego of the Flash.

    “The Flash” had to overcome the hurdle of replacing the film’s original director, Seth Grahame-Smith, who parted ways with the project over creative differences. The movie, however, appears to be able to meet its start date. Production is expected to commence sometime this year.

    The studio is keeping Smith’s most recent draft of the script, which is based on a treatment by Chris Miller and Phil Lord.

  • 9th July 2016 - Kiersey Clemons Top Choice for Female Lead
    “The Flash” director Rick Famuyiwa is already zeroing in on a familiar face for the DC film’s female lead.

    Sources tell Variety that Famuyiwa’s top choice for the female lead in “The Flash” is Kiersey Clemons, who also starred in Famuyiwa’s critically acclaimed dramedy “Dope.“

    Warner Bros. had no comment on the casting.

    While details are still vague on who the character may be, insiders say it is likely to be Iris West, the tough-as-nails journalist and friend of Barry Allen, the alter ego of the Flash.

  • 3rd June 2016 - Rick Famuyiwa Added as Director
    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.

  • 30th April 2016 - Director Exits
    Warner Bros will need to find a new director for The Flash, as Pride And Prejudice And Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter author Seth Grahame-Smith has left the super hero tentpole film over creative differences, Deadline has confirmed. Grahame-Smith first became attached to direct the film in October, speeding past candidates that included WB’s original choice, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who are still on as producers.

    We’re told Grahame-Smith will remain involved in the production despite leaving the director’s chair, and that an immediate search for a replacement is under way. (Lord and Miller will not be in the running however, as we’re hearing their dance card is too full with the Han Solo stand alone movie to direct The Flash.) There’s still plenty of time, as The Flash is (for now) scheduled for release in 2018 as the sixth installment of the DC Extended Universe (WB’s answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe).

    Warner Bros was taking an enormous chance on Grahame-Smith, who would have made his directorial debut with The Flash. Whether WB will hand the reigns of the film over to another green recruit remains to be seen, today’s news comes amid continuing rumors of a major shake-up with its DC Comics-based films following the divided critical and audience reception to Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

  • 22nd March 2016 - Why Grant Gustin Wasn't Cast
    Zack Snyder’s decision to not hire Grant Gustin as the Flash for the upcoming Justice League movies might have surprised some fans. But the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director explains why the star of The CW series was never in the running to reprise his role on the big screen.

    “I just don’t think it was a good fit,” he told the New York Daily News. “I’m very strict with this universe, and I just don’t see a version where … that (tone is) not our world.”

    While the DC Comics films are known for their dark and serious tone, The CW’s superhero series The Flash and Arrow feature more levity.

    “Even if Grant Gustin is my favorite guy in the world and he’s very good, we made a commitment to the multi-verse (idea),” Snyder continued, “so it’s just not a thing that’s possible.”

  • 10th February 2016 - Film Moved Forward By 1 Week
    In addition, Warner Bros. moved an untitled DC Comics film, rumored to be a big-screen version of the Flash, from March 23, 2018, to March 16, 2018. That gives it a week before Fox releases an untitled animated movie and Sony debuts a film version of “Peter Rabbit.”

  • 6th October 2015 - Seth Grahame-Smith in Talks to Write & Direct
    Speeding past several other candidates, Warner Bros is close to choosing Pride And Prejudice And Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter author Seth Grahame-Smith to write and direct its 2018 superhero film The Flash. We’ve confirmed the deal isn’t done but that talks are very close to completion.

    Warner Bros’ reported previous choice to bring the Fastest Man Alive into movie theaters was The Lego Movie duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, now attached to direct the Han Solo stand-alone Star Wars film for Lucasfilm/Disney.

  • 8th July 2015 - May Be Impacted By Disney's Han Solo Film
    Unclear is how their commitment to the Han Solo origin story will impact Lord and Miller’s schedule. The duo became a hot property following their witty take on the buddy cop genre with 21 Jump Street, and hotter still with 2014’s Lego Movie, which included a spectrum of geek icons from Batman to Star Wars.

    They were to develop a Flash feature for Warners as a directing vehicle, but now that is likely off the table. As is a third Jump Street movie. However, they could stay on as writers or producers on those projects.

  • 20th May 2015 - Film Flash Believed To Be Barry Allen
    Filmmaker Phil Lord (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) recently chatted about his plans for plotting Warner Bros.' big screen rendition of The Flash, as well as the recently announced animated Spider-Man movie he's producing for Sony.

    While appearing on the Hippojuice podcast, Lord confirmed that his feature film version of the DC superhero will indeed be Barry Allen, the same incarnation used on The CW's The Flash.

    "We’re trying to break a story. It’s interesting, because there’s a really popular TV show out there, and we’re trying to carve out space for the movie that’s apart from that. I think we’re doing alright," said Lord (via /Film). "I believe [our Flash] is going to be Barry Allen."

  • 15th October 2014 - Ezra Miller Cast As The Flash
    Slowly but surely, Warner Bros. and DC Comics are filling out the ranks of their big screen Justice League. We've known for a while now that Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot are playing Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, respectively, and rumors have suggested actors like Jason Momoa and Ray Fisher will be taking parts like Aquaman and Cyborg. There are still a few names that have not yet been revealed, but today we have news of another huge casting announcement: Ezra Miller will be playing the first live-action feature film version of Barry Allen, better known to most as The Flash.

  • 15th October 2014 - WB Announces DC Film Slate
    A Warner Bros shareholder meeting on Wednesday brought with it a plethora of announcements from the company. CEO Kevin Tsujihara officially announced WB’s schedule of tentpole films including DC Comics, Harry Potter, and LEGO franchises.

    Filling in all those question marks from a couple of months ago, the new Warner Bros schedule shows some obvious films like Wonder Woman and Justice League, and even announces Cyborg and what is presumably a Green Lantern reboot. Also in the presentation and press release, two major pieces of casting were included. Ezra Miller will star as the movie version of The Flash, putting to rest any speculation of the TV and movie universes being joined. Jason Momoa, long rumored for the role of Aquaman, was confirmed as well. It should be noted, this is not their full schedule of DC Comics movies. The press release reads that these are "at least 10 movies" and that the full line-up will also include "stand-alone Batman and Superman films" that aren't on this initial schedule.

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