Rick Famuyiwa of ‘Dope’ tapped as Director of ‘Flash’
[quote] Warner Bros has found its director for its feature The Flash starring Ezra Miller. The studio has chosen Rick Famuyiwa, the up-and-coming director who on the feature front most recently helmed the Sundance pic Dope, which he scripted. He will step in and direct the film that Warner Bros has slotted for release on March 16, 2018. Miller is in starmaking mode at the studio in the Harry Potter spinoff 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. They will work out a deal quickly. SOURCE[/quote]
Despite all the issues Warner Brothers seems to be having with its DC slate of movies, I'm really optimistic about their future. Famuyiwa is a great choice. I thought Dope was underrated and deserved a lot more recognition for how good it was. Famuyiwa also directed the critically praised HBO movie, Confirmation about the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. So I think he's definitely a great choice and seems a lot better than some of the previous choices we heard for this film.
I have to say that over the last year I've been pleasantly surprised to watch minority directors who have been typically overlooked by Hollywood, being finally given their due. Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, Rick Famuyiwa, Justin Lin, James Wan and F Gary Gray are just a few of the names that have seen successful films lead to larger opportunities. This is something that seems obvious but its also something that has eluded minority directors frequently. F Gary Gray is no stranger to Hollywood but it took Straight Outta Compton for him to really be given the reigns to a huge project (Fast 8). Justin Lin turned the Fast & Furious franchise around (it was literally 1 movie away from being a straight to DVD series) and now he's directing Star Trek Beyond. DuVernay was Marvel's first choice for Black Panther and while she turned it down, Disney still tapped her for A Wrinkle in Time. Coogler, Famuyiwa & War are picked to direct pretty high profile movies based on popular comic book characters (Black Panther, The Flash & Aquaman). I won't say that this is Hollywood listening to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and making changes (because that's not what this is) but I do think its noticeable that this doesn't happen 5 years ago. I'm definitely happy to see this trend and hope it continues.