It’s been one hurtle after another over at Warner Bros. trying to get their stand-alone The Flash movie made. Now an unexpected jolt has given new life to this pre-production monstrosity.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Andy Muschietti, director of both chapters of Stephen King’s IT, is in talks to helm The Flash for DC and WB. Andy’s sister Barbara Muschietti will tag along once again as a producer.
A number of filmmakers have been attached to the project over the last couple years and each of them have left, citing creative differences. More recently, Game Night duo John Francis Daley and Johnathan Goldstein we’re attached to write and direct The Flash with Justice League star Ezra Miller in the lead role. Then came word that Miller himself was going to take a pass at the script with legendary comic book writer Grant Morrison in a last-ditch effort to stay on board the project before his contract expired this past May.
This latest news from THR states that WB has opted not to move forward with Miller and Morrison’s script. Instead, Christina Hodson, the screenwriter behind Bumblebee and the studio’s upcoming DC movie Birds of Prey will take a shot at the script. The goal is to be in prep by January.
We’re also learning that,l despite previous reports, Miller is indeed still set to star as the Scarlet Speedster. Additionally, multiple sources are telling the outlet that Daley and Goldstein’s exit from the film is voluntary. The pair have been with The Flash since January 2018.
Official offers are expected to go out shortly. If Muschietti is selected, he will be the latest in a line of horror filmmakers to be entrusted with a big budget DC superhero movie. Such talents include James Wan, who went from Insidious to The Conjuring films to Aquaman; David F. Sandberg who did Lights Out Annabelle: Creation before tackling Shazam!; and Jaume Collet-Serra, who has been developing a stand-alone Black Adam movie following his success with House of Wax and Orphan.
What do you make of this news? Is Muschietti the right choice to direct The Flash? Or is there somebody who would make a better fit? Jump down to the comments below and share your thoughts on this development!