Warner Bros have entered into talks with John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to direct Flashpoint, DC’s standalone movie centered around Ezra Miller’s Flash, and inspired by the 2011 comic crossover story in which Barry Allen wakes up in an alternate universe. Daley and Goldstein are best known for big comedies like the reboot of Vacation, and writing for the Horrible Bosses movies and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
So now it falls to Francis Daley and Goldstein, who also wrote the script to Spider-Man: Homecoming and were once in line to direct it. The recent Spider-Man flick did a great job of balancing thrills with humor, and genuine understanding of just what made the comic book character tick.
According to Variety, Ben Affleck was being “courted” to direct the Flash’s standalone story, but he passed on the opportunity. Phil Lord and Chris Miller were originally hired to write a treatment, with a hope that they would direct the film. When Lord and Miller passed, Seth Grahame-Smith was brought on board to write and direct but left the project in due to creative differences in 2016. The next person was Dope director Rick Famuyiwa. Filming was set to being in early 2017, but more creative differences resulted in Famuyiwa leaving the project as well. Robert Zemeckis was most also recently rumored to also be in contention for the director’s chair.
If the directing duo signup, it will be one of the first big instances of recently tapped exec Walter Hamada, who was recently chosen to spearhead Warner Bros.’ DC films.
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