Seth Grahame-Smith, author of the genre-twisting Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, is primed to make his directorial debut with Warner Bros.’ big-screen adaptation of The Flash.
That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that the best-selling scribe has opened negotiations to helm the 2018 feature film. Charles Roven is producing offshoot, while Deborah and Zack Snyder are on board to executive produce.
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Based on a script treatment from The LEGO Movie‘s Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, The Flash is one of a number of standalone superhero films releasing under Warner’s burgeoning DC Expanded Universe over the course of the next five to six years, and will see Ezra Miller assume the title role that has been brought back into the limelight courtesy of Grant Gustin and The CW.
As THR notes, both Lord and Miller opted against helming the superhero tale, instead making tracks toward the Star Wars universe with the Han Solo Anthology film, thus opening up the gates for Seth Grahame-Smith to take up the mantle.
With a small cameo as the fastest man alive slated for next year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, following in quick succession by a more rounded role in 2017’s Justice League – Part 1, Miller’s character will nigh on be a household name by the time WB’s standalone debuts in 2018, and that’s a similar trajectory that many of the DCEU characters will follow as Warner’s grand universe begins to unfold.
We Need to Talk About Kevin alum Ezra Miller will step into the shoes of the speedster (AKA Barry Allen) when The Flash makes a dart for theaters on March 3, 2018.