January 16, 2018
‘Vacation’ Filmmakers Tapped for ‘The Flash’ Solo Movie
Filmmakers John Francis Daley (above, right) and Jonathan Goldstein (above, left) have built up an impressive resume in Hollywood. As writers, they contributed to Horrible Bosses, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 before making the leap to the directing chair(s) with the comic remake Vacation. The latter film earned more than $100 million at the box office worldwide.
Their work on the script for Spider-Man: Homecoming showed they could deliver the blueprint for a very successful action blockbuster that was laced with comic overtones. Now they’re in negotiations to direct Flashpoint, according to Variety.
The solo movie will, of course, revolve around The Flash, the speedy superhero who made very brief appearances in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad before being properly introduced in Justice League. Ezra Miller’s lively performance has been winning fans for capturing the character’s youthful enthusiasm and earnest desire to prove himself, so it should be fascinating to see which way the solo movie leans.
Hiring Daley and Goldstein suggests Flashpoint will lean toward the lighter side of the equation; their scripts are known for their humor and Spider-Man: Homecoming showcased a similar sort of young superhero who may be close to what the upcoming movie will aim to present. Director Rick Famuyiwa departed the project a while back; after that, Warner Bros. “decided to take the script in a different direction,” per Variety‘s report. Joby Harold (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) came on board to completely rewrite the screenplay that had been previously developed and evidently everyone is happy with what he’s done.
Ezra Miller is still attached to portray The Flash; he will next film the sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, so there’s still time to fine-tune Flashpoint, as needed. Right now, we’re still waiting to hear any definite word of a release date, though 2020 has been suggested. Before that happens, we can see the new directors’ next project, Game Night, starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams. That’s due for release on February 23, 2018.