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The Week in Movie News: DC Named 'Flashpoint' Directors, DiCaprio Reuniting With Tarantino and More

Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:   Big News DC tapped new directors for FlashpointWarner Bros. is moving forward on its Justice League spin-off focused on The Flash (Ezra Miller) and has just hired Vacation directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to helm the DC superhero feature, which is called Flashpoint. Read more here and find additional DC Expanded Universe news here and here and here.   Great News Leonardo DiCaprio will reunite with Quentin Tarantino: After playing a villainous supporting role in Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio will re-team with Quentin Tarantino playing an aging actor in the filmmaker's next project, set in 1969 amidst the Manson...

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Rom and M.A.S.K. Movies Probably Won't Happen

Way back in 2015, Paramount announced plans for Rom: Spaceknight and M.A.S.K. movies which would be part of a Hasbro cinematic universe that would also include the G.I. Joe movies, plus Micronauts and Visionaries. The studio put together a writers room, which included top scribes such as Michael Chabon, Brian K. Vaughan, Akiva Goldsman, Joe Robert Cole, Nicole Perlman and the writing team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. There has been little to no movement on any of those projects since the writers room convened, and while promoting their new movie Game Night, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein revealed that Rom and M.A.S.K. likely aren't happening. Here's what Jonathan Goldstein had to say below.

"Those are probably not likely to see the light of day, unless they're moving on separate from us. It's a funny thing. We spent three weeks in
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Hasbro’s Rom & Mask Movies ‘Not Likely’ to Happen

Fans eagerly awaiting more news on the Hasbro Cinematic Universe might want to take a seat. There’s a good chance movies like Rom: The Spaceknight and M.A.S.K., originally teased in 2015, won’t make it to the big screen. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, two members of the writers’ room Paramount assembled to hash out the cinematic universe, have come forward to say those projects are, at best, in limbo. At worst, they’ve been outright canned.

“Those are probably not likely to see the light of day, unless they’re moving on separate from us,” said Goldstein. “It’s a funny thing. We spent three weeks in a room with a lot of talented writers. We broke 11 or so movies and, I don’t know. It just kind of went into the vortex. There’s been some leadership changes at Paramount, so it’s hard to say.
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‘Flashpoint’ Recruits John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to Direct

After multiple false starts, it seems that the ‘Flashpoint‘ movie is finally found it’s legs. Variety is reporting that John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the directors behind ‘Vacation‘ reboot, are in negotiations to helm The Flash’s first standalone film. Although Warner Bros. has declined to comment, the success of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming‘–which the duo wrote–along with their upcoming directorial effort, ‘Game Night‘, the move makes sense from the studio’s perspective. By tapping the Daley and Goldstein, the studio is essentially saying that they are looking for a more comedic tone for the ‘Flashpoint‘ movie that is akin to what we saw in ‘Justice League’.

The film has had quite the rocky road to the screen thus far. Seth Grahame-Smith was originally tapped to direct, but ended up having creative differences with the studio. Upon his departure, director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) stepped into the director’s chair,
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The Flash Is Definitely Getting His Own Movie, and Here's What We Know

While Justice League was mostly a flop (due in part to Superman's weirdly CGI'd face), there was one thing that many fans and nonfans alike could agree on: Ezra Miller is simply delightful as the slightly awkward but nonetheless endearing Barry Allen aka the Flash. Whether it was good writing, Miller's supreme comic timing, or a mixture of both, it's hard to watch the film without feeling at least a little bit charmed by the character. That's why you might be pleased to know a standalone film starring the Flash is, indeed, in the works. The bad news is that it's a ways off. The goods news is we have a bunch of exciting details to satiate your hunger. 1. The Title Instead of naming the film after the hero (like Wonder Woman and Aquaman, no shade), this project is actually called Flashpoint. It's based on a comic book of
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Movie Talk: What Kind of Tone Will the ‘Flashpoint’ Directors Bring to the Dceu?

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, Jay Washington, Jon Schnepp, and Kristian Harloff discuss the following: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers is in talks with Spider-Man: Homecoming writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to direct the Flash standalone movie, Flashpoint. Disney and Lucasfilm released the first official synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story and it teases Han Solo meeting Chewbacca and encountering Lando Calrissian. The synopsis also confirms the May 25, 2018 release date. The first trailer for Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot …
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Justice League Concept Artist Shares Up-Close Rendering Of The Caped Crusader

Two members of the Justice League of America, namely Batman and Cyborg, have been ushered into the limelight thanks to some newly-unveiled DC concept art.

Coming to us by way of ComicBook.com, renown concept/creature designer Jerad S.Marantz is the artist responsible for both drawings, which were seemingly submitted to Warner Bros. fairly early on in the creative process – Batman’s suit, for instance, clearly went through “a few changes” before Justice League hit theaters.

Via Instagram:

Justice League Batman costume concept art done for costume designer Michael Wilkinson. There are a few things that changed by the time It got to the big screen. In Batman versus Superman we played around with the idea of armor plates showing through the suit and got to see that in the final justice league version. Batman is my favorite character and I always love working him.

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Affleck Passed on Directing The Flash Movie Flashpoint?

Warner Bros. is really trying to get the Dceu on the right track after the disappointment of Justice League. Part of that is finally getting their solo Flash movie going, which is going to adapt the Flashpoint storyline from the comics. The studio has finally locked down directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein for the gig, but it sounds like they wanted a bigger name for Flashpoint. Reportedly, they wanted Ben Affleck to direct it.

The news comes from The Tracking Board's Jeff Sneider. According to him, Warner Bros. was "courting" Ben Affleck to direct the Flashpoint movie behind-the-scenes. He is said to have been offered the movie, but he ultimately passed on it, which led to them having to look elsewhere. Here's what Sneider had to say about it in a recent post to his personal Twitter account.

"Warner Bros. had been courting none other than Ben Affleck to direct The Flash,
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Ben Affleck Turned Down Directing ‘Flashpoint’

Before Warner Bros. settled on the surprising directing duo of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to helm Flashpoint, the studio had courted Ben Affleck to direct the comic book movie. But the director and Batman actor reportedly turned down the gig. Included in Variety‘s report that Daley and Goldstein, the hit-or-miss co-writers of Spider-Man: Homecoming and directors of the Vacation reboot, are attached to direct Flashpoint […]

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Warner Bros. Wanted Ben Affleck To Direct Flashpoint But He Turned Down The Offer

Yesterday it was announced that Spider-Man: Homecoming writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were hired to direct the DC film Flashpoint for Warner Bros. It shouldn't come as a surprise to you that these directors weren't the studio's first choice. 

According to Variety, on top of Robert Zemeckis, the studio also initially wanted Ben Affleck to direct the movie but he ended up turning down the offer. I actually wouldn't have minded seeing Affleck direct the film! He might have done a great job, but now we'll never know. 

As you know, Affleck was attached to direct The Batman before he was replaced by Matt Reeves. Regardless of that, a few weeks ago, Ben Affleck did say that he was still interested in directing a Batman movie, but The Flash isn't Batman, so I guess he's allowed to say no. However, Batman is rumored to be playing a prominent
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Spider-Man: Homecoming scribes in talks to direct Flash movie

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After a job well done on last year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are currently in negotiation talks with Warner Bros to direct the forthcoming Flash stand-alone movie, Flashpoint.

Warner Bros haven’t been in too much of a rush in finding the right fit to take the helm of The film – which seess Ezra Miller reprising his role – as Miller has been preparing for another one of their blockbuster favourites, the sequel to Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald.

The studio had originally eyed Ben Affleck to direct but after he turned down the job. Rick Famuyiwa was then hired to direct but he then walked away from the project so the hunt was back on. and they decided to also go with a new direction with the script which has been drafted by Joby Harold. With Daley and Goldstein’s
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Flashpoint gets new directors in John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein

Its been a bit of a roller coaster ride for DC’s fastest man alive when it comes to his feature film. The Flash’s solo movie previously had directors Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa attached, but after they left due to creative differences the film was put on hold. Now Variety has reported that WB has put Flashpoint, which was formally announced at Sdcc last year, back on track with Vacation and Game Night directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein set to helm the film.

Daley and Goldstein already have experience in the comic book genre after writing the script for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. There has been a lot speculation as to why its taken so long for WB to begin development again for Flashpoint and Variety notes it was to make sure Ezra Miller, who played the Scarlet Speedster in Justice League, would have a clear
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‘Vacation’ Helmers To Direct Stand-Alone ‘Flash’ Movie

Vacation filmmakers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are reportedly in negotiations to direct the stand-alone movie based around Ezra Miller’s The Flash over at Warner Brothers.

The film is titled Flashpoint and looks set to have a more comedic tone than some of the other stand-alone DC movies because of the duo’s past. As well as directing the Vacation film, the two also have the upcoming Game Night with Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams. They also have writing credits for Horrible Bosses, Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone in their back-catalogue.

Variety initially reported the news of Daley and Goldstein’s potential involvement and, in their original article, state that Ben Affleck was also reportedly offered the gig, but passed.

There’s no timeline for the Flashpoint movie that we can see, but we’ll keep you posted.

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The Flash movie: Ben Affleck was set to direct

Simon Brew Jan 17, 2018

Directors have now been found for The Flash movie, Flashpoint...

Having ultimately passed on the chance to direct The Batman in the end (a job taken on by Matt Reeves instead), it seems as though Warner Bros was still keen for Ben Affleck to helm a DC movie. And according to a new report, he was approached by the studio to take the director’s chair on Flashpoint, the upcoming big screen outing for The Flash.

Robert Zemeckis had been linked with the job most recently, but his schedule eventually led to the studio exploring other options instead. Hence, the offer to Affleck. Affleck, ultimately, declined the opportunity, although he’s still likely to be involved. The character of Batman is set to be a part of the eventual Flashpoint film, according to early reports.

And we now know who will be directing it, too. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein,
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'Vacation' Filmmakers Tapped for 'The Flash' Solo Movie

Filmmakers John Francis Daley (above, right) and Jonathan Goldstein (above, left) have built up an impressive resume in Hollywood. As writers, they contributed to Horrible Bosses, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 before making the leap to the directing chair(s) with the comic remake Vacation. The latter film earned more than $100 million at the box office worldwide. Their work on the script for Spider-Man: Homecoming showed they could deliver the blueprint for a very successful action blockbuster that was laced with comic overtones. Now they're in negotiations to direct Flashpoint, according to Variety. The solo movie will, of course, revolve around The Flash, the speedy superhero who made very brief appearances in Batman v Superman...

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Flash Movie in Negotiations With Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein

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Flash may have two new directors very soon, as Warner Bros. prepares to do a complete overhaul for that fastest man alive's solo film!  

Undoubtedly, the man that stole the show in Justice League was Ezra Miller as The Flash.  He was witty, smart, hilarious, and just downright entertaining to watch.  It only makes sense that WB would want to utilize this character to the fullest and putting him in a broody, downtrodden film simply won't do.  That's why when the latest Flashpoint director, Rick Famuyiwa, left the project, WB decided to trash the idea and have Joby Harold do a Page 1 Rewrite, taking the movie in a new direction.

According to a report by Variety, that new direction happens to be comedic as Warner Bros. is in negotiations with the directing duo, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to helm the new project.  The duo is responsible for creating
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Ben Affleck Was Initially Offered The Chance To Direct Flashpoint

It’s official: Flashpoint is no longer a rudderless ship.

More than a year has passed since Rick Famuyiwa parted ways with Warner Bros. – the Dope filmmaker dropped out due to creative differences all the way back in 2016 – and now, the studio has tapped Spider-Man: Homecoming scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to helm Barry Allen’s long-anticipated solo movie.

Had things panned out differently, though, Variety’s scoop would have signaled the announcement of Ben Affleck as director, not Daley and Goldstein. According to today’s findings, The Batman (?) and Justice League actor was initially courted for Flashpoint, but ultimately refused. Whether that’s further proof that Affleck is beginning to distance himself from the DC Extended Universe is something we’ll leave to you, but it does present some food for thought.

Because let’s face it, the writer-director has been casting doubt over his Dceu future
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Flashpoint Movie Gets Vacation Directors Daley and Goldstein

Warner Bros. has finally brought on new filmmakers for its long-awaited Flashpoint movie, with John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation, Game Night) entering negotiations to direct. The studio had previously been courting Ben Affleck to direct this movie, and while he ultimately passed, that may have explained the rumor from last month that the actor will return as Batman in the Flashpoint movie, but not in The Batman, with his involvement in that project still very much up in the air. Warner Bros. had no comment on the story, and while it may be some time before there's confirmation, it seems clear the Flashpoint movie is finally back on the right track.

The project has had more than its fair share of ups and downs, with The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller first tapped to direct this project a few years ago, but they ultimately
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‘The Flash’ Hires the Directors of the Bad ‘Vacation’ Reboot

‘The Flash’ Hires the Directors of the Bad ‘Vacation’ Reboot
Well, this is unexpected: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the co-writers of Spider-Man: Homecoming (good!) and the directors of the Vacation reboot (bad!) have just been hired to helm the standalone Flash movie. Both Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa had once been attached to helm the project, which is currently going under the title Flashpoint. Here’s what you need […]

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Flashpoint Will Be Directed By Spider-man: Homecoming Writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein

Well, Warner Bros. has finally officially hired a couple of directors to take on the DC film Flashpoint. The screenwriting duo behind Spider-Man: Homecoming, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, have crossed over to DC Entertainment to take on the challenge, and that could be great!

The two previously directed Vacation and the upcoming film Game Night, which looks hilarious. I'll admit, I was really hoping that Robert Zemeckis would do it, but obviously, things didn't work out that way. I think Daley and Goldstein could end up doing a good job, though. We'll just ahve to wait and see. After all, this will be their biggest directing project to date.

Ezra Miller is set to reprise his role as Barry Allen in the film and I'm sure that Billy Crudup will be back to play his dad. We've also heard rumors that Ben Affleck's Batman will be heavily
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