Director Rick Famuyiwa has dropped out of Warner Bros.'s The Flash, according to Variety. The Dope director cited creative differences with the studio, but said he was "grateful for the opportunity" to work on the project for the time he did.
“When I was approached by Warner Bros and DC about the possibility of directing The Flash, I was excited about the opportunity to enter this amazing world of characters that I loved growing up, and still do to this day. I was also excited to work with Ezra Miller, who is a phenomenal young actor,” said Famuyiwa. “I pitched a version of the film in line with my voice, humor, and heart. While it’s disappointing that we couldn’t come together creatively on the project, I remain grateful for the opportunity. I will continue to look for opportunities to tell stories that speak to a fresh generational, topical, and multicultural point of view. I wish Warner Brothers, DC, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns, and Ezra Miller all the best as they continue their journey into the speed force.”
Warner Bros. hasn't commented on the news, but Variety states that the studio is "very excited to get the project off the ground and is expected to have a director shortly." Famuyiwa is the second directored hired for The Flash, as he replaced writer/director Seth Grahame-Smith who exited the project in April.
Last year, Warner Bros. experienced a similiar problem when Michelle MacLaren left Wonder Woman and was speedly replaced by Patty Jenkins - who herself had previously been hired, then left, Marvel's Thor: The Dark World.
The Flash is currently scheduled to hit theaters March 16, 2018, with Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, and Billy Crudup as Henry Allen.