Robert Zemeckis is the Current Frontrunner to Direct The Flash

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Update: EW is reporting that Sam Raimi passed on the job and that Marc Webb was under consideration but also passed.

Although DC’s The Flash was originally scheduled to hit theatres next year, the loss of not one but two directors in the course of a year put the project in a bad spot and forced Warner Brothers to put it on hold. Earlier this year it was reported that Joby Harold (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) had been hired to do a page one rewrite of the script before they really started to look for a new director. Now this week it appears that the studio is almost ready to move forward again and they have narrowed their list of potential directors down to three. What’s surprising, however, is that they are looking to trade up as all three candidates including the current frontrunner are pretty established A-list filmmakers. Hit the jump for more details.

According to THR, Robert Zemeckis is the current frontrunner to direct The Flash for Warner Brothers. He is currently in the process of setting up a new movie with Steve Carell based on the documentary Marwencol, but the studio is said to be willing to wait. The other two directors under consideration are Sam Raimi and Matthew Vaughn.

The two directors previously attached to the project were Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) and Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), both of whom dropped out due to creative differences. All of the directors on the current shortlist are much more experienced, which seems to go against the usual trend of hiring impressionable (and inexpensive) young filmmakers. Will any of them actually sign on for this movie? We shall see. Ezra Miller is still attached to star and will appear in Zack Snyder’s Justice League later this year. Who would you like to see direct The Flash?

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