Off the heels of its recent shake-up at the executive level, Warner Bros. has found its replacement for the vacancy in the director’s chair for THE FLASH left by Seth Grahame-Smith, who exited the project over creative differences earlier this year.
Dope helmer Rick Famuyiwa will take the reigns on the studio’s latest DC Extended Universe project, steering Ezra Miller as the titular superhero.
Famuyiwa will work from a script by Grahame-Smith, who based his story on a treatment from Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The pedigree on the film suggests that, tonally, the story of Barry Allen and his powers of super speed will be more comedic – a departure from the Zack Snyder-directed DC films, which have been criticized for having a lack of humor.
Famuyiwa’s 2015 Sundance favorite Dope, which he wrote and directed, certainly balanced a sense of humor as it saw a young geek attempt to make it in a rough LA neighborhood. Famuyiwa’s additional credits include Our Family Wedding, Brown Sugar, and his breakthrough feature, The Wood. He recently received critical acclaim for directing the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill drama Confirmation for HBO, and is currently in development with Men Who Kill starring Michael B. Jordan.
Famuyiwa is repped by WME and Oasis.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.