Matthew Vaughn, Robert Zemeckis, Sam Raimi in talks to helm The Flash

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Matthew Vaughn, Robert Zemeckis, Sam Raimi in talks to helm The Flash

Warner Bros.’ big-screen take on The Flash has narrowed down its search to three directors: Matthew Vaughn, Robert Zemeckis and Sam Raimi, who have all met with the studio in recent weeks and are each strong contenders for the gig.

The trio of helmers emerge as WB is in the final throes of its search for a filmmaker to tackle the Scarlet Speedster after losing Rick Famuyiwa, who made the Sundance sensation Dope, in October 2016 over creative differences. Famuyiwa was the second departure after Seth Grahame-Smith, who had written the script and was slated to make his directorial debut. Even Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were reconsidered to possibly return to a project for which they wrote a treatment years ago.

The latest frontrunner appears to be Back to the Future and Forrest Gump director Zemeckis. He is currently focused on a new project – an untitled drama that will star Steve Carell and is set to shoot this fall.

Jon Berg and Geoff Johns are producing The Flash, which is working with a new draft by Joby Harold, writer on the studio’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

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