‘The Flash’ Solo Movie Loses Director Seth Grahame-Smith
Yet another director has parted ways with Warner Bros. due to good ol’ “creative differences.” Following Michelle MacLaren’s departure from Wonder Woman, Seth Grahame-Smith has left The Flash solo movie, which is set to star Ezra Miller as Barry Allen. The film was to be the author and screenwriter’s directorial debut, and although he’s no longer at the helm, The Flash will still reportedly use his screenplay.
THR reports that Grahame-Smith and Warner Bros. have parted ways on The Flash solo film, citing those familiar “creative differences” on the project, which is set to hit theaters on March 3, 2018. Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and screenwriter of the upcoming LEGO Batman Movie, wrote the screenplay for The Flash based on a story treatment by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Ezra Miller made his big screen debut as the Scarlet Speedster in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, appearing in not one, but two cameo scenes. The actor will reprise the role for Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Part One, which hits theaters next summer.
Grahame-Smith’s departure is the latest in a series of exits that have some fans feeling justified in their skepticism. Former Breaking Bad producer/director Michelle MacLaren previously parted ways with WB following similar creative discord on Wonder Woman; she was replaced shortly after by Patty Jenkins, whom Marvel memorably dismissed from Thor: The Dark World.
But this problem isn’t limited to WB’s superhero slate. The studio shuffled long-developing adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and Stephen King’s IT off to their New Line subsidiary, and it wasn’t long before Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Cary Fukunaga exited their respective projects over — what else — creative differences. Recently, the studio dropped out of another edgy adaptation, as You’re Next director Adam Wingard’s Death Note project was forced to move to another studio (it’s now at Netflix).