Variety reports Joby Harold, writer of the upcoming films King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Robin Hood: Origins, has been brought on to rewrite The Flash movie at WB.
The film has been in stasis since losing director Rick Famuyiwa, putting its original spring 2018 release in jeopardy. The downtime has given the studio time to rework the story in a new direction. Another reason the film is on ice currently is because the delay in filming bumped up against star Ezra Miller’s commitment to Fantastic Beasts 2, which shoots this summer.
The original script was written by Seth Grahame-Smith for him to direct, until he abandoned that post. The latest draft comes from Famuyiwa himself, and that script is apparently the reason WB executives grew uncomfortable with him as a director, leading to his exit. Famuyiwa’s hiring was praised but his departure was met with disappointment in equal measure. It’s encouraging they’re not rushing out the film with a second-rate director and instead trying to get the script right first.
Despite the delays and changes, Kiersey Clemons and Billy Crudup remain attached as Iris West and the hero’s father. Sounds like love of the material and/or contractual obligations to me. Both are great castings and it would be a shame to lose either. Harold has previously written a Twilight Zone script as well.
The Flash is currently unscheduled. Miller, who cameoed in both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad last year, can next be seen as the Scarlet Speedster in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, where he joins forces with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Cyborg to fight Steppenwolf, in theaters November 17, 2017.