Robert Zemeckis Rules Himself out of ‘The Flash’ Movie

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Robert Zemeckis has taken himself out of the running to direct superhero movie The Flash after lining up a new project with Steve Carell.

The Back to the Future filmmaker was rumored to have met with Warner Bros. officials about tackling the troubled production last week (ends28Apr17) after Dope’s Rick Famuyiwa became the second director to exit the project in October (16), due to “creative differences”.

However, it appears no deal has been offered and now Zemeckis has committed his time to a movie with Carell, which is set for a November, 2018 release with Universal Pictures.

The currently untitled film will be based on the 2010 documentary Marwencol, which chronicled the life of Mark Hogancamp, the victim of a brutal assault, who used his love of model making to cope with his mental and physical pain in the aftermath of the attack. During his recovery, he built a small scale model of a fictional World War II-era Belgian village he named Marwencol, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Zemeckis will direct the drama from a script he co-wrote with Caroline Thompson, with documentary director Jeff Malmberg on board to executive produce.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. officials’ search for a replacement for Famuyiwa continues. He had taken over from original pick, Seth Grahame-Smith, who was recruited in late 2015.

When The Flash movie does come together, it will star Ezra Miller as the speedy superhero and his alter ego Barry Allen.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Warner Bros
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The actor made his debut as the DC Comics character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice last year (16), and he will reprise the role for the forthcoming Justice League, both of which were directed by Zack Snyder.

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