Warner Bros.’ big-screen adaptation of The Flash has seen better days. The standalone feature for the Scarlet Speedester lost two directors over creative differences in one year alone, and will undoubtedly miss its March 16, 2018, release date. Still, the studio firmly believes that the film deserves a theatrical debut. Now that may be happening, as WB is reportedly setting their sights on Back To The Future director Robert Zemeckis to helm the film. More on the story below.
Screen Junkies is reporting a rumor that talks between Zemeckis and WB are currently ongoing. But there is really no way of knowing how they are going without a little insight. To make things even stranger, The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez says that there are no negotiations between the two parties.
One has to hope that WB has learned from their fallout between Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa. Both cited creative differences as to why they walked away from the project, but they both have their similarities. For instance, they are young upcoming directors who nearly landed a blockbuster gig. Both are also relatively experienced filmmakers. Grahame-Smith penned the script for Dark Shadows, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and most recently The LEGO Batman Movie. As for Famuyiwa, he was behind the lens for the Sundance darling hit Dope.
The Flash also got a major script overhaul by scrapping the draft written by The LEGO Movie writers Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. Now the film will be penned by Joby Harold, the writer behind the scripts for King Arthur: The Legend Of The Sword, the new Robin Hood, and a new version of The Twilight Zone.
Should Zemeckis sign on, it certainly would take the film in a different direction. At least tonally. While Zemeckis’ recent efforts like Flight and Allied have been more mature, his earlier works like Back To The Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and Death Becomes Her tell us he has a handle on lighter material. As of right now, he doesn’t have anything on his slate, leaving him open to possibly direct.