– by Joseph Jammer Medina

UPDATE: According to outlets Variety and THR, Matthew Vaughn and Sam Raimi are also in talks to helm the flick.


Late last month, we reported a rumor that A-list director Robert Zemeckis — best known for films like Forrest Gump and Back to the Future — was in the running to direct the standalone Flash movie for Warner Bros. The day after we ran the rumor, it was confirmed that Zemeckis would actually be pairing up with Steve Carrell for another film based on a documentary about a man who builds things in his backyard to help cope with PTSD. This was quite the departure from that initial rumor, and seemed to quash any further discussion about him helming The Flash.

Not so, apparently. TheWrap is now saying that Zemeckis is still the frontrunner to direct The Flash, despite his preoccupation with the aforementioned Carrell picture. The Flash was originally set to be released early next year, but ever since Rick Famuyiwa left the project last year, them actually making that date certainly felt like an impossibility. Between that and the 100 other films that have been announced for the DCEU, it isn’t completely unreasonable that Zemeckis could still be on board to direct.

So long as Warner Bros. is okay with the film getting either a late-2019 or early-2020 releasedate, this is an entirely plausible scenario. Given that The Flash’s script still seems to be in a constant state of rewrites, we think it makes sense all the more. If the script isn’t likely to get done anytime soon, what’s the harm in waiting for an A-list director like Zemeckis to finish up his other projects first?

Given Zemeckis’ experience with big, fun blockbusters, this seems like a pretty solid fit. Between the fun tone, the time travel, and emphasis on emotional stakes, you really could do a whole lot worse than Zemeckis.

What do you think of this latest rumor? Do you think Warner Bros. has a chance in locking down Zemeckis? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.