Warner Bros. Pictures has enlisted author Seth Grahame-Smith to write and direct its forthcoming The Flash film. Grahame-Smith, known for penning such horror-historical fiction blending novels as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, will make his directorial debut with the project.
Though it will be Grahame-Smith’s first time behind the lens, he’s written a number of Hollywood films. He co-wrote the script for the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter adaptation, and recently turned in screenplays for Bettlejuice 2 and The LEGO Batman Movie.
The character of The Flash, set to be played by Ezra Miller, is believed to be one of many cameos featured in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before taking on a feature role in Justice League Part One on November 1st, 2017. Grahame-Smith’s standalone The Flash film is due for a March 3rd, 2018 release.
The LEGO Movie writing/directing duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller were brought on in April to write a treatment for The Flash, with the chance that they would stay on to pen the full script and direct. They chose to take on a different type of hero, however, when LucasFilms hired them to helm a Star Wars Anthology film about a young Han Solo.
The scarlet speedster already exists on television, portrayed by Grant Gustin on a CW show that takes place within the same world as Arrow. But because DC hates continuity, the television series has nothing to do with the big screen adventures of the same superheroes. If you find this confusing and frustrating, stay tuned for this week’s Comics to Screen column.