Are you telling me that the director of Back to the Future could be about to helm the next big DCEU film, The Flash? If new rumours are to be believed the legendary filmmaker is in talks with Warner Bros about taking over the long-gestating project, according to Screen Junkies.

Zemeckis would certainly be something a coup for the studios having had plenty of trouble trying to get this film of the ground. But with his directorial style and his recent embracing of 3D, it could be a match made in heaven. Most recently, he made Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard-starrer Allied, and has made such films as Cast Away, The Walk, Romancing the Stone and What Lies Beneath.

The film has had a checkered production history so far: Originally it was set to be made by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (The Lego Movie) but both went on to the direct the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off film. Then, Seth Graeme-Smith came onboard to write and direct but he left and was replaced by Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), but he also exited due to creative differences.

But any deal for Zemeckis could just be rumour as Umberto Gonzalez (aka El Mayimbe) took to Twitter to shoot down the news saying that the gun may have been jumped:

“Not true. NOT in talks. He took a meeting and that is it. They’re still meeting with other directors.”

Ezra Miller stars in the title role of Barry Allen / The Flash after his apperances in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the upcoming Justice League, with Billy Crudup (Watchmen) as Allen’s father, Henry, and Kiersey Clemmons (Bad Neighbours 2) as Iris West.

The Flash is tentatively scheduled for release in 2020; Justice League is set for release in cinemas on November 16th.