Having undergone several problems over the past few years,
Warner Bros. upcoming solo effort for The Flash is now looking to speed forward with
a new director.
Courtesy of The
Hollywood Reporter, Andy Muschietti is in talks to helm the big-screen
Scarlet Speedster offering. Muschietti has carved quite the name for himself in
recent years, directing 2013’s vastly underrated Mama and then tackling the
2017 IT redo (and its impending follow-up), and he fills a director’s chair
vacated by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.
The Flash is also undergoing major changes with its
screenplay; Bumblebee scribe Christina Hodson having entered negotiations to
produce a new screenplay after Warners decided to pass on the script put
together by Ezra Miller and Grant Morrison.
Speaking of Miller, there were some suggestions that he may
have decided to leave The Flash in his dust. However, this latest report doubles
down on the fact that the actor is very much still set to return to the Barry
Allen role he briefly played in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before
fleshing out the character in Justice League.
A key reason for these changes is the ever-familiar creative
differences. Reportedly, Ezra Miller wanted a darker tone for the film, while
Daley and Goldstein were leaning towards a more comedic affair. Seemingly
neither party got their way, and Warner Bros. is now looking for Muschietti and Hodson to lead the movie forward.
All being well, the current plan is for The Flash to be in
pre-production early next year. Then again, this is a movie that at one point
was booked in for a 2020 release before ultimately being pulled from The WB’s