A Nigerian-American Hollywood Director, Rick Famuyiwa To Direct The Flash

Warner Bros has finally announced the director for scheduled new movie The Flash starring Ezra Miller and it is Rick Famuyiwa, a Nigerian-American Hollywood director.

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The Flash script is written by Seth Grahame-Smith and is based on a treatment by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Warner Bros has slotted the film for release on March 16, 2018.

The studio chose Rick Famuyiwa who is an up and coming director. His latest work on the feature film front is Dope which was shown at Sundance and which he was also responsible for scripting.

Going further into his background, Rick Famuyiwa has a degree in Cinema-Television (Production) and Cinema-Television (Critical Studies) and has directed and written a number of films that include; The Wood(1996), Brown Sugar (2002), Our Family Wedding (2010), Dope (2015) as well as Confirmation (a 2016, HBO drama that stars Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce as the leads).

The star of The Flash, Ezra Miller is currently working on the Harry Potter spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ and also had a cameo in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and will appear in The Justice League Part One.

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The fact that the date for release of The Flash (March 18, 2018) is so close to the release of Marvel’s Black Panther (July 18, 2018), makes for a pretty challenging superhero movie directing debut for Famuyiwa. Warner Bros seems pretty confident in their selection though.

According to Deadline, the studio said it had been looking for the right chemical mix on its superhero picture line based on the DC Comics heroes that started with Batman V Superman, and the feeling internally was that Famuyiwa provided a vision that would resonate with young viewers and that vision was very compatible with the script that the studio is moving toward the starting gate with.

That vision was executed to strong reviews in Dope, the 2015 film about a young geek trying to survive in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood.