Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are still in negotiations to direct DC’s Flashpoint movie for Warner Bros., and they’re excited about all the possibilities. The Flash solo movie was first announced alongside the rest of the core DCEU films back in 2014, but it has been lagging behind ever since. It was originally supposed to release in March 2018 (a release date that has since been scooped up by WB’s Tomb Raider reboot), but due to constant behind the scenes issues, the film was removed from the studio’s schedule indefinitely.
Directors Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa both separately departed The Flash film in 2016 due to creative differences with Warner Bros., though they didn’t elaborate on what those differences could be. It was later revealed at SDCC 2017 that the studio planned on adapting Flashpoint (which could’ve had something to do with Grahame-Smith and Famuyiwa’s exits) – a 2011 comic book crossover series that was written by current DC Films co-chief Geoff Johns and successfully launched The New 52 – for The Flash solo movie, based on a script by King Arthur: Legend of the Sword‘s Joby Harold, who was hired in January 2017 to do a page-one rewrite of Flash. Since the story was already written, it was easier for WB to look for new directors for the project, which turned out to be Goldstein and Daley… but they aren’t on board just yet.
Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley both participated in a recent Reddit AMA to promote their latest comedy film, Game Night, and they were obviously questioned about DC’s Flashpoint movie. While they refrained from saying anything specific about the film, they did say they are excited about it. However, they also seemed to indicate that they haven’t fully signed on yet:
“Yes. We originally went in to pitch ourselves to direct Homecoming. It came down to us, Jon Watts and one other contender. Ultimately, Marvel came back to us because they liked what we had pitched for the story and asked if we’d write it. Fortunately, we may soon get to direct our own superhero movie. … Re: Flash, we still can’t say anything. But we’re excited.”
Goldstein and Daley admitted that they were chosen by Warner Bros. due to their work on writing the story (and working on the script) for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, as well as directing the critically-acclaimed comedy, Game Night. It proved that they could not only write a decent story for a younger superhero but also direct a movie that differs from the rest of the pack. Unfortunately, they also recently mentioned that they haven’t officially signed on to direct Flashpoint yet, indicating that they are still in negotiations with WB.
There could be any number of reasons as to why they haven’t signed on yet – from salary to creative freedom (something that has reportedly been a hot topic for DCEU directors such as James Wan and Matt Reeves). Of course, it’s also possible that Warner Bros. is waiting for confirmation that the impending Time Warner-AT&T merger will receive a pass from federal regulators before making any substantial decisions regarding the DCEU’s future. After all, it’s reported that if the merger falls through, Time Warner may sell off Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.
What’s interesting is that, despite a lack of confirmation regarding the film’s directors, Warner Bros. is reportedly still plans on moving Flashpoint into production in fall 2018. Furthermore, Flashpoint won’t be an exact adaptation of the comic book that focuses on Barry Allen’s (Ezra Miller) rivalry with the Reverse-Flash, but rather focus on Flash’s rogue’s gallery as a whole, with Doctor Light being the primary villain. It’s still early in the process, so it may be sometime before an official announcement explains what’s going on with the delayed Flashpoint movie, which could arrive sometime around this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con.
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