Sam Raimi Passes On Directing 'The Flash', Billy Crudup Is Still Starring
New report emerges following the previous report that Sam Raimi was shortlisted to direct "The Flash". According to Entertainment Weekly, Raimi has passed on the prospect of directing the movie.
The project reportedly eyed Marc Webb ("The Amazing Spider-Man") as well, but it seems like he is off the table, just like Raimi. Robert Zemeckis and Matthew Vaughn, meanwhile, are reportedly still the frontrunners to helm the film centering on the Scarlet Speedster.
It was also reported that Billy Crudup dropped out of the project. However, The Hollywood Reporter has clarified that Crudup is still on board to play Barry Allen's (Ezra Miller) father. Crudup has been involved with the project since September 2016.
As for Zemeckis and Vaughn, Variety reports that the two "have always been the leading candidates, though each has his own hurdle to overcome to land the job." Zemeckis is currently focusing on his Steve Carell-starring untitled Universal film, which is set to begin filming in August. Vaughn, meanwhile, has a plan to make "Kingsman 3" following the release of "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" this fall.
Since director Rick Famuyiwa exited the project, "The Flash" production has been put on hold. In addition, Miller will soon be busy filming "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2". Warner Bros. decided to work on a new script while also searching for Famuyiwa's replacement.
"The Flash" new draft is written by Joby Harold, who wrote "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword". Meanwhile, Kiersey Clemons will play Barry Allen's love interest Iris West.
Vaughn is no stranger to directing comic book movies. He helmed "X-Men: First Class", "Kick-Ass", "Kingsman: The Secret Service" as well as its sequel. Zemeckis is well-known for directing "Back to the Future" franchise and last directed Brad Pitt-starring "Allied".
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