UPDATE 5/16/17 6:33 PM ET: Another name has been added to list of prospective directors for The Flash. The Hollywood Reporter now claims that Sam Raimi is also one of the top picks to direct, alongside Zemeckis and Vaughn. Raimi is best known for his work on the Spider-Man trilogy of films.
Robert Zemeckis is at the top of the list when it comes to directors most likely to take on DC Films’ adaptation of The Flash, a new report claims. The director is best known for his work on the ‘90s drama Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks.
The news comes courtesy of TheWrap, which received the information from a source close to the film’s production and has been rumored for some time. The Flash film centers around DC Comics’ top, eponymous speedster played by Ezra Miller.
Zemeckis hasn’t landed the role yet, though. According to Variety, Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn is till in the running. Reportedly, Vaughn hasn’t fully committed to the project yet due to scheduling conflicts involving a potential third Kingsman film. Likewise, Zemeckis is busy with a yet-titled film starring Steve Carell that is slated to begin filming in August.
The Flash will get his feature film debut in DC Films’ upcoming Justice League, due out later this year. Miller’s Flash was briefly glimpsed in the 2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The Flash was originally slated to be directed by Rick Famuyiwa, the director behind Talk to Me and Dope. Famuyiwa left the project last year. Since then, the project’s release date has been in flux. Originally intended to hit theaters on March 16, 2018, the film is currently on hold.
Hammering down a director is likely the first step in The Flash moving toward production. DC Films will have to pick soon. The only question is: Will it be Vaughn or Zemeckis?