‘Dope’ Helmer Rick Famuyiwa To Direct ‘The Flash’

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It looks like the rumors were true as Deadline has confirmed that Dope helmer Rick Famuyiwa is indeed in final negotiations to direct The Flash for Warner Bros. starring Ezra Miller as The Fastest Man Alive.

The script of the movie was written by Seth Grahame-Smith, who was initially on board to direct the project but later parted ways with the studio due to creative differences. The studio had been looking for a replacement ever since and it looks like they found the right man for the job in Famuyiwa, who all but confirmed his involvement with the project when he followed a bunch of DCEU-related accounts on Twitter over the weekend.

The trade reckons that the director landed the gig because of his vision which “would resonate with young viewers and that vision was very compatible with the script that the studio is moving toward the start gate with.” The fact that he directed Dope probably helped as well, which in my opinion was one of the best movies of 2015 and an absolute blast from start to finish. It was something fresh, which is exactly what the DC Extended Universe needs right now.

Ezra Miller made his debut as The Flash in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He will next be seen in the first Justice League movie which is currently shooting in London and is set to hit theaters on November 16, 2017. The Flash is currently slated for release on March 16, 2018. Are you excited?

Source: Deadline

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.

  • Justin Alsobrook

    Eh…not too excited about this duo. I didn’t really like Dope, but the characters were really engaging. I hope Famuyiwa brings that to this film. It’s hard for me to jump for joy for the writer. His resume isn’t the greatest, but maybe they can both knock it out of the park because I like Ezra Miller and the Flash.

    • Hopefully, since it would be his film, he’d have the ability to do some re-writes and change it up. Obviously Seth parted ways over creative differences, perhaps Warners will steer this in the right direction after BvS too.

      I, for one, am glad Grahame-Smith is no longer involved. He’s a book writer and his books, aren’t that good. They are just “different” versions of other people’s stories. I also didn’t like the idea of a first-time director doing a film of this size and scope.

      • Justin Alsobrook

        I’m sure you’re right. There will probably be A LOT of re-writes. I wonder if his name will still be on the film when it’s all said and done. I wasn’t comfortable with him directing either. It think it was the smart decision.

    • SAMURAI36

      He’s got more films than just Dope.

      • Justin Alsobrook

        Lol yeah, I know. We’ve been through this. Still not a fan of most of his movies. And being that this is a “What have you done for me lately” industry, his most recent popular film, Dope, is going to be the one that most people talk about and reference like the article did.

        • SAMURAI36

          Yes, and most people are talking about how this is a good fit, because of Dope.

          • Justin Alsobrook

            Yeah they are. But because I’m on the opposite feeling, which is that I didn’t fully enjoy Dope, then I’m feeling “blah” on the fact that he is directing.

          • SAMURAI36

            You really need to get over this hang up you have about Dope. Not the movie itself, but using it as the only marker for his skills.

            Especially when earlier, you said:

            And being that this is a “What have you done for me lately” industry, his most recent popular film,

            Dope is neither his most recent, nor his most popular.

          • Justin Alsobrook

            It’s my personal opinion so I don’t really have to get over anything lol
            You mentioned that before. So what is his most recent and popular film?

          • SAMURAI36

            Confirmation. (EDIT: I thought you said you Googled his stuff?)

            I’ve come to realize, that people on sites like this, identify with Dope, because this is a geek culture, and a film like Dope speaks to that culture. But this director’s work is more diverse than that.

          • Justin Alsobrook

            Confirmation? I’ve never even heard of that film and I’m sure most people haven’t either because it only aired on HBO. It wasn’t a theatrical release so it wouldn’t be in most people’s discussions unless they are big fans. So his most recently regarded/praised film is Dope so that’s going to be the movie that people point to the most….and that’s mostly because it was theatrical. It has nothing to do with this site or a “geek” culture lol. A film like Dope is just mentioned the most because it had a wide release and people actually know of it.
            No one is doubting his diversity just because they mention one movie. Many directors are diverse, but most of the time when discussions come up about new projects, their last few project always gets mentioned. That’s just the way it is. It’s not a knock on his skills.

          • SAMURAI36

            Confirmation? I’ve never even heard of that film and I’m sure most people haven’t either because it only aired on HBO.

            Dude, statements like this are why it’s difficult to take what you say seriously.

            DOPE was an independent film as well,that I can assure you,even less people have heard up, than Confirmation.

            Not to mention, Confirmation is being whispered for a sure thing as an Oscar nomination.

            It wasn’t a theatrical release so it wouldn’t be in most people’s discussions unless they are big fans.

            You do realize that pretty much the same thing you’re saying about Confirmation, applies to Dope as well, yes?

            Not to mention, you didn’t even know what his latest film was, until I told you. So that says that you haven’t seen that one either.

            So his most recently regarded/praised film is Dope so that’s going to be the movie that people point to the most….and that’s mostly because it was theatrical. It has nothing to do with this site or a “geek” culture lol. A film like Dope is just mentioned the most because it had a wide release and people actually know of it.

            If you think a few Sundance Indie releases count as “theatrical”, and had a “wide release”, then we clearly aren’t having the same discussion.

            That’s like saying “House of Cards” doesn’t deserve the buzz it’s been getting, simply because it’s not on regular TV.

            It really doesn’t work the way you’re trying to imply.

            No one is doubting his diversity just because they mention one movie. Many directors are diverse, but most of the time when discussions come up about new projects, their last few project always gets mentioned. That’s just the way it is. It’s not a knock on his skills.

            Except you have been knocking his skills, based on one film. I believe you tried to say that you saw some of his other films before, but as I said earlier, your statements don’t seem to match up with that.

            Now, it’s fine if you didn’t like Dope, but I’m pretty sure that Dope isn’t the reason he landed the Flash gig. He’s been making some pretty solid waves in Hollywood as of late.

          • Justin Alsobrook

            LMAO! Dude the way you dissect my conversation to make your point is hilarious and pretty exhausting. You can just respond without repeating my words like we’re in court.

            Dope was released in 2,002 theaters. It had trailers in theaters, it had TV promos – it’s a wide released film. People who go to the movies would have seen the advertisement for the movie. Confirmation was released on Television. I watch a lot of television, but still did not see 1 trailer for that movie and that’s probably because it was only released on HBO. I’m sure HBO had trailers for that movie, but those trailers did not air on regular non premium channels.

            Okay, it’s nominated for an Oscar. It doesn’t mean that people know what that movie is. It means the people associated with the Oscars do. If you ran a poll where you asked people which movie they had heard of, Dope would win that pole so that’s what people are going to talk about, like this article did because they know it’s the movie that people actually know about because it had a theatrical release.

            I never said that Dope was the reason he landed the gig. I’m sure they looked at his whole resume. But my OPINION is that I find fault in a lot of the movies I’ve seen by him. Which, again, is okay because it’s my opinion.

          • SAMURAI36

            LMAO! Dude the way you dissect my conversation to make your point is hilarious and pretty exhausting. You can just respond without repeating my words like we’re in court.

            That’s because I’m quoting your statements. It helps me keep track of what you say, so I can respond accordingly.

            Dope was released in 2,002 theaters. It had trailers in theaters, it had TV promos – it’s a wide released film. People who go to the movies would have seen the advertisement for the movie.

            Dope made $17M in the theaters. How on earth is that considered “wide release”?

            Confirmation was released on Television. I watch a lot of television, but still did not see 1 trailer for that movie and that’s probably because it was only released on HBO. I’m sure HBO had trailers for that movie, but those trailers did not air on regular non premium channels.

            If you have HBO, then you saw the trailers for Confirmation, just like everyone else who watches HBO did. Not to mention, there’s been lots of talk (and even controversy) about Confirmation online.

            Okay, it’s nominated for an Oscar. It doesn’t mean that people know what that movie is. It means the people associated with the Oscars do. If you ran a poll where you asked people which movie they had heard of, Dope would win that pole so that’s what people are going to talk about, like this article did because they know it’s the movie that people actually know about because it had a theatrical release.

            All of this is minutiae that isn’t relevant to the overall point. Even if Confirmation isn’t his most popular film, that doesn’t make Dope it either. I’d wager that Brown Sugar is a far more popular film, than perhaps either of them.

            But Confirmation is still the most recent.

            And I maintain, that people on sites like this are only talking about Dope, because it fits this culture. Ask the average person on the street which of these 3 films they’ve heard of, and/or seen, and/or liked, and see what they say.

            I never said that Dope was the reason he landed the gig. I’m sure they looked at his whole resume. But my OPINION is that I find fault in a lot of the movies I’ve seen by him. Which, again, is okay because it’s my opinion.

            Yeah, you said this before, I believe you no more now, than when you first said it. So tell me, what was wrong with movies such as The Wood, and Brown Sugar?

          • Justin Alsobrook

            Well if it helps you…
            A wide released film has absolutely nothing to do with how much money a film makes. Wide release has to do with how many theaters the movie is released in. If a movie is released in 4000+ theaters and makes 5 bucks, it’s still a wide released movie.

            Sooo you’re confirming that trailers for a movie on HBO would only be shown on HBO…like I just said? I mentioned that earlier because I said that more people know about Dope because it’s a wide released movie and not a television movie on a premium channel…which means a general audience coming out of a theater would know what Dope is before they know what Confirmation is.

            There’s some miscommunication here. I was referring to his most recently popular movie. So the last movie he released that was talked about more than any other film and that would be Dope, not Confirmation. Not his most popular movie ever, which I’ll agree, is probably Brown Sugar.

            And again, it’s not about the culture. It’s about what was recently released in theaters. Almost all movie sites do the same thing. They will mention the last film makers last film that was widely released/critically acclaimed, which Dope was. I’m sure if you watch Collider Video tomorrow, if you watch that show, they will mention this news and the first movie they mention in connection to this director is Dope. It’s just a common thing.

            And again, I don’t have to prove anything to you lol. The Wood is actually the only wide released film I haven’t seen. Brown Sugar is too old to recall in order to review, but for the most part I remember it being solid. I would remember if something annoyed me, but it don’t.
            Our Family Wedding might be my favorite film of his, but the pacing was off at times and the story dragged at points. And Talk to Me also had a pacing issue to me and there were many moments where the energy just dropped. But that’s due to the fact that Don Cheadle’s character hits you in the face and it’s hard to keep that energy.
            Those equal to me feeling blah about the films. Again, personal opinion. You could not see those things and love those movies, which is fine.

          • SAMURAI36

            Oh, and just because you have an opinion, doesn’t make that opinion valid by default. Otherwise, you’re also as entitled to keep that opinion to yourself, as you are to have it in the first place.

          • Justin Alsobrook

            This is a social site! You talk movies. You share your opinions. I NEVER said my opinion was fact because it’s an opinion.
            You obviously seem to have a problem with my opinion.
            If you don’t like them, you don’t have to respond to them. It’s that simple.
            But you can’t be disgruntled just because I have an opinion on a director. Not everyone is going to agree with your beliefs on a movie/director, like I don’t expect everyone to agree with me. I respect your appreciation/opinion for this director, but my opinion is mine to have and to share freely.

          • SAMURAI36

            If I’m “disgruntled”, it’s not because of your opinion of this director. It’s because your opinion on this director is ill-founded.

          • Justin Alsobrook

            What’s ill-founded about my opinion? Everything I’ve said is subjective. I’ve never said what I felt was factual and that anything you feel is wrong. So how can it be ill-founded? It’s an opinion.
            I said I wasn’t happy about the decision – opinion
            I said I wasn’t happy because I didn’t like the execution of Dope – opinion
            You claimed that wasn’t his only movie so I looked up his movies and I had seen a few which confirmed my initial feeling – opinion
            Nothing has been ill-founded. I never said he was a horrible director or he would ruin the franchise or his skills are compared to Michael Bay lol.
            Everything has been a clear opinion with no ill-founded statements.

  • flavortang

    Sweeeeeet @ss. Awesome news.

  • JSZ

    Ezra Miller was not the “titular” character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Flash is nowhere in the title. Other than that little blemish I like this directing choice.

    • Michael

      Whoops, forgot to edit that out. Thanks for letting me know.

      • Vegas82

        You inserted an end of line when you edited it out.

  • DoYouFeelInCharge?

    This news is dope.

  • JNAZ

    This is good news! I enjoyed Dope, and it sounds like Flash is going to be DC’s version of Spiderman: Homecoming. I’d be interested to see him bring the same flavor and humor from Dope to the Flash movie. They should just scrap the Cyborg movie and stick him in this and have him as the cool HS jock while Flash is the school nerd.

    Btw, looked up Rick Famuyiwa’s IMDB and the dude is 6’4″.. might as well have him play John Stewart in the Green Lantern movie.

    • SAMURAI36

      I agree with everything you said, except scrapping Cyborg. Word is, that’s gonna be morphed into a Teen Titans film.