It’s been a long journey for the DCEU’s Flash movie starring Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, and there’s just been yet another director turnover, according to THR, which is reporting that Warner Bros. is now in talks with It Chapter One and TwoAndy Muschietti to helm the film. If he were to sign on, Muschietti would take over from John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Spider-Man: Homecoming).
Muschietti would also be the fourth director known for horror movies hired to direct a DCEU movie, the first being James Wan, who led 2018’s Aquaman to a billion-dollar box office, with Shazam!‘s David Sandberg (Lights Out) as the second. Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan) was recently tapped to direct the Black Adam movie as well. Let’s also not forget that Muschietti had his own $700 million hit with It Chapter One and is poised to have a great opening with the sequel.
Joining Muschietti is Barbara Muschietti, his production partner and wife. WB is also scrapping the latest script from Miller and comics writer Grant Morrison in favor of a new draft penned by Christina Hodson, who most recently worked on DC’s Birds of Prey movie as well as Bumblebee. THR notes that none of these deals are done, though.
The outlet has also shined some light on Daley and Goldstein’s departure, which unsurprisingly comes down to creative differences. According to THR, there were disagreements regarding what tone the movie should take. Daley and Goldstein favored a lighter approach and their drafts of the script reflected that, while Miller wanted to go darker, taking over writing duties earlier this year. WB reportedly rejected Miller and Morrison’s take in May and Daley and Goldstein stepped down at some point after that.
Originally set to release in 2018 when it was first announced, The Flash has been pushed to 2021. At one point, it was going under the title Flashpoint, which hinted at the movie tackling universe-shattering events from the comics, but that doesn’t seem to be the direction of the project anymore. Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) was previously set to direct the movie, followed by Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), and the revolving door of screenwriters is also a who’s who of A-listers, including Arrowverse mastermind Greg Berlanti as well as Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse).
Could the hiring of Muschietti and Hodson finally be enough to put the project in motion? We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.