'The Flash' Movie Finds New Director: 'Dope' Filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa

Rick Famuyiwa at the premiere of HBO Films’ ‘Confirmation’ on March 31, 2016, in Hollywood (Photo: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

By Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter

The Flash has a new director.

Just weeks after Warner Bros. parted ways with Seth Grahame-Smith, who was to make his directorial debut with the project, the studio has set another newbie for the gig: Rick Famuyiwa, who made a splash with his Sundance sensation, Dope.

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The project will retain Grahame-Smith’s script, which he wrote working off of a treatment by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the Lego Movie duo who once were eyeing it as a possible directing vehicle.

The Flash already has a release date — March 16, 2018 — and a star, Ezra Miller, who’s portraying the classic hero known as “the fastest man alive.”  The actor made his debut in Batman v Superman.

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After directing 2002’s Brown Sugar and 2010 romantic comedy Our Family Wedding, Famuyiwa caught the industry’s eye with Dope, the 2015 film that was a breakout at Sundance and won the prize for best editing. He recently helmed HBO’s original film Confirmation, starring Kerry Washington as Anita Hill.

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