Actor Ezra Miller is teaming up with comic book writer Grant Morrison to pen a new screenplay for the Flash solo movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Whether the new script meets Warner Bros.'s approval could determine if he remains on to star in the long-gestating DC project, reports the Hollywood trade.
THR goes on to claim the draft from writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Game Night), on board since January 2018 and once also in negotiations to direct , is a more a light-hearted approach to DC's Scarlet Speedster. That's reportedly the direction favored by the studio, "which scored a billion-dollar hit with Aquaman by going the fun spectacle route and is seeing strong buzz on Shazam!, which is wearing its 'superheroics is fun' on its sleeve."
Miller, however, reportedly wants The Flash to go in a darker direction.
The actor is described as being "deeply committed to the character," going so far as to write the new screenplay (unusual for a starring actor) and recruiting Morrison as co-writer. This is said to be the latest compromise between Miller and Warner Bros. The script could reportedly be submitted to the studio as early as next week, with time of the essence as Miller's holding deal on the film expires in May according to who THR describes as "one insider."
In 2015 Miller wrote and directed the short The Truth According to Darren Wilson.
The actor has portrayed the Flash three times; briefly in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017's Suicide Squad, and then as a full-on co-star of 2018's Justice League.
Warner Bros. officially announced The Flash film as being subtitled Flashpoint (presumably based on the 2011 Geoff Johns DC Comics event story) at 2017's Comic-Con: International: San Diego, though reportedly that's no longer the plan .
The Flash has already had a rocky road to the big screen, with directors David Goyer, Shawn Levy, David Dobkin, Seth Grahame-Smith, Greg Berlanti, and Rick Famuyiwa all previously attached to the project.