According to The Hollywood Reporter, Andy Muschietti (It, Mama) is in talks to direct Warner Bros. The Flash movie, with his sister Barbara Muschietti (also It and Mama) set to produce alongside Michael Disco (Rampage, The Disaster Artist.) Christina Hodson, who wrote Bumblebee and the Warner Bros. Birds of Prey movie, has been hired to write the script. If Muschietti accepts the offer, the company’s goal is to begin pre-production on the movie in January of 2020.
Originally, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, both veterans of the comedy genre, were set to write and direct the film. However, the two clashed with star Ezra Miller, the actor who portrays the Flash, over creative differences (Miller believed the film should follow the darker tone of the DCEU, while Daley and Goldstein believed the opposite) and left the project as a result of the difficulties that resulted. Miller is still on board to play Barry Allen though, and the duo’s exit has been described as voluntary according to several sources.
Prior to this news, it was also reported that Miller himself had penned his own script, after his creative clash with Daley and Goldstein, and had recruited famous comic book writer Grant Morrison to co-write it alongside him. They submitted their script in March, though by May the studio rejected it, but decided that Miller was still a good fit to play the movie’s titular character.
The development of The Flash has seen somewhat of a bumpy road, and the hiring of a horror director to make a superhero film might seem an odd choice at first, but looking back at past works in the genre reveals that it’s actually not all that unusual. James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy,) James Wan (Aquaman,) David F. Sandberg (Shazam!,) Sam Raimi (Spiderman), and a host of other directors have all worked in the horror genre prior to their foray into the realm of superheroes, so the news that yet another horror alum is joining the superhero craze may be a sign of good things to come.
One final point to note is that official deals have not gone out yet, and no one has signed anything regarding the hiring of the new team. Offers are expected to be sent soon.