'The Flash' Movie Loses Director Rick Famuyiwa

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By Justin Kroll, Variety

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s The Flash movie has hit another big speed bump: sources tell Variety that director Rick Famuyiwa has left the project.

It is unclear why the Dope director left the film, but this now marks the second helmer to exit the pic following Seth Grahame-Smith’s departure earlier this year.

Warner Bros. had no comment on the news.

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The move comes as a shock, given that pre-production for the film is already in high gear, and production was set to start in early 2017. The project was also far along in casting, most recently adding Kiersey Clemons to play Iris West and Billy Crudup to play Barry Allen’s father.

The movie was scheduled to be released on March 16, 2018. It’s currently unknown if this latest detour will force start of production and the release date to be moved.

After Grahame-Smith’s departure as director, the studio acted swiftly to replace him without any hiccups. This situation, however, is different; pre-production was in the very early stages at the time of Grahame-Smith’s exit, allowing the studio to regroup and focus on finding a new director. With pre-production so far along, change course now will be a tough hurdle to overcome, while still meeting deadlines.