“‘Flash’ Scores ‘Dope’ Director Rick Famuyiwa”

“Warner Bros.’ search for a new filmmaker to helm the studio’s DC Comics superhero feature Flash is over, as Dope director Rick Famuyiwa has joined the production.

Famuyiwa previously wrote and directed The Wood, Brown Sugar, Talk To Me, Our Family Wedding, and Dope. The Wood, Talk To Me, and Dope in particular are exceptional films, and Famuyiwa’s work often focuses on themes of race, acceptance, and upbringing. The dramatic depth, strong characterization, and nuanced presentation of emotionally complex situations make the director a great candidate to helm any film, but his work on last year’s Dope — one of the best films of the year — and previously on The Wood are especially relevant in bringing Flash to the big screen.

After the departure several weeks ago of first-time director Seth Grahame-Smith from Flash, there was speculation about whether Warner would wait to see how Suicide Squad performed before deciding on how to proceed in replacing Grahame-Smith. Some buzz suggested Flash might even be tinkered with to make it more of a team-up film for Flash and Cyborg, perhaps even incorporating cameos for other younger superheroes.

That doesn’t appear to be happening now, though, and word is Flash will proceed with Grahame-Smith’s script — based on a story treatment by The LEGO Movie writer-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. I do still hear that Cyborg, played by Ray Fisher, will appear in Flash…”



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