Matthew Vaughn and Robert Zemeckis On The Shortlist For The Flash
According to The Wrap, Warner Bros are eyeing Academy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis to direct The Flash.
Following the exit of Dope director Rick Famuyiwa, Warner Bros has been hard at work to find a suitable replacement. Famuyiwa was brought in after Seth Grahame-Smith quit the project over 'creative differences', the very same reason that forced Famuyiwa out of the director's chair.
Best known for (deep breath) Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Castaway, What Lies Benneth and The Back To The Future Trilogy, Zemeckis is no stranger to playing the blockbuster game. That said, Zemeckis has never been a gun for hire type of filmmaker, so it's a curious thing that his name has even come up. Nevertheless, it's an exciting prospect that somebody of Zemeckis' caliber is at least interested in trying out a new genre.
It's not just Robert Zemeckis' name that has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the gig. According to Variety, Warner Bros is also wooing Kingsman and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn. The two filmmakers are currently the only directors Warner Bros are considering, but there could be a big problem with their shortlist. Firstly, Vaughn is already working on a third Kingsman movie, and he's keen to get it going as soon as possible. Secondly, Zemeckis has a film starring Steve Carell that's scheduled to shoot this August.
On the upside, The Flash doesn't have a confirmed release date yet and is technically speaking 'on hold' until a director can be found. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword co-writer Jody Harold is currently working on a page one rewrite. So it might not be a problem for Warner Bros to wait for their top choice to become available.
Personally, I would love to see Sam Raimi direct The Flash as his first two Spider-Man movies were just about perfect, and The Flash is a fun superhero that I think Raimi's touch would be ideally suited. Our next visit to the DC Expanded Universe arrives next month with the release of Wonder Woman, and the Justice League unite later this year in the appropriately titled Justice League.