'The Flash' Finds Its Director In 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Writer Seth Grahame-Smith

'The Flash' Finds Its Director In 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Writer Seth Grahame-Smith

Oct 05, 2015

Seth Grahame-Smith is no stranger to high profile Hollywood movies. He got his big break as the novelist behind Pride & Prejudice & Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and he also wrote the script for Tim Burton's Dark Shadows. And while most of his produced projects to date haven't been monster hits with fans, he's clearly doing something right behind the scenes because studios consistently want to be in the Grahame-Smith business. 

He's been hired to write Beetlejuice 2 and The Lego Batman Movie, and Grahame-Smith's name has also been attached to Ninjago and a new Gremlins movie. But now he's in the process of landing his biggest job yet-- writing and directing DC Comics' The Flash (which is a separate project from TV's The Flash, pictured above).

You may recall that 21 Jump Street writer-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were initially attached to the project, but their upcoming Han Solo movie meant they had to move on. Apparently not before leaving behind a treatment for The Flash, though, which Grahame-Smith will now turn into a feature for an expected March 3, 2018 release date.

It's a pretty big gig for someone to land as their first-time feature film, especially considering Grahame-Smith's only two directing credits are on the canceled MTV comedy The Hard Times of RJ Berger, but it's not crazy surprising considering how much time he's spent since then in studio development meetings on big projects. Someone along the way he's proven himself a very willing collaborator, and so directing is a rather logical next step.

Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) is still signed on to play The Flash, AKA Barry Allen, who is reported to appear in two movies before this solo movie even comes around. He'll be showing up in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and then in 2017's Justice League Part 1, so hopefully people like what they see. If they don't, this 2018 The Flash may never even happen.


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