“Shazam!” screenplay writer Henry Gayden has been tapped to write the DC superhero movie’s sequel for DC and New Line, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. The filmmaking team of David F. Sandberg and Peter Safran are also expected to return.The writer has a busy slate as he is also adapting “Last Human,” a live-action science fiction film from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller based on the forthcoming novel of the same name by Lee Bacon, which Sony/TriStar have won in a bidding war. The film is described as a “reverse ET” and tells the story of an artificial intelligence society where three robots discover a human child.“Shazam!” was the 1 film worldwide this weekend, over-performing expectations with a domestic cume of $56.8 million (inclusive of $3.3m in previews) and $102.3 internationally for a worldwide figure of $159.1 million on a relatively modest budget for a superhero film. New Line’s “Shazam!” is the third hit in a row for Warner Bros. & DC after “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman.” The crowd-pleasing “Shazam!” earned an ‘A’ Cinemascore with audiences and a stellar 92% certified fresh Rotten Tomatoes score.Also Read: Does DC Comics' 'Shazam' Have a Post-Credits Scene?“Shazam!” follows the teen-aged Billy (Asher Angel) after he is chosen as the vessel of Shazam (Zachary Levi), an ancient wizard with extraordinary powers. But Shazam probably didn’t count on Billy reacting to becoming a super-powered adult the way most middle- school boys would: by buying beer, goofing around with his excited foster brother, and going to a real estate office to find a super-cool hero lair that would blow Superman’s Fortress of Solitude out of the water. But Billy isn’t the only one that has encountered Shazam. Many years earlier, another boy named Thaddeus Sivana came face-to-face with the wizard but was not chosen as his champion. Now, as a billionaire industrialist, Sivana (Mark Strong) wishes to acquire the magic Shazam has mastered for himself… and only Billy can stop him.“Shazam!” is directed by David F. Sandberg and also stars Jack Dylan Grazer, Michelle Borth and Djimon Hounsou.Gayden’s credits also include “Earth to Echo.”Gayden is repped by UTA and Kaplan Perrone.Read original story ‘Shazam!’ Writer Henry Gayden Will Return to Write Sequel (Exclusive) At TheWrap
The colourful superhero tale 'Shazam!' has ascended to the top of the UK box office in its opening weekend, hitting an excellent £4m.
SUNDAY UPDATE, writethru: Shazam! is the word at the international box office this weekend, with the Warner Bros/New Line/DC title striking past the $100M mark in its debut. On 40,000 screens in 79 offshore markets, the David F Sandberg-directed family superhero pic grossed $102M. The global opening is $158.6M when combined with domestic's strong start. The Zachary Levi-starrer ranked as the No. 1 Hollywood pic in 60 out of its 79 debuts. It was the top film in the…
The makers of 'Shazam!' dispute reports of the astronomical cost of the supersuit and talk about how they nailed the design.
Zachary Levi doesn't seem convinced he'll get to face off with Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam, but he definitely relishes the opportunity should it ever happen.
Alarm bells started to ring when Warner Bros announced that the Shazam reviews embargo would lift on a Saturday afternoon PST. Because critics have reacted uproariously to Shazam, praising it for being a joyous, uplifting and all round hilarious superhero film that’s perfect for kids and adults alike.
Both DC and Marvel created legendary comic characters with the same name, and both can be seen in cinemas this spring.
David Sandberg ('Lights Out') will direct superhero movie - but will Dwayne Johnson appear as antagonist Black Adam?
Dwayne Johnson (set to play 'Shazam' anti-hero Black Adam) first suggested the 'Lone Ranger' actor as a possibility for the title role.
Recent years have seen Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson go from being a wrestler-turned-actor managing a so-so leading man career, to becoming one of the most bankable stars in the business – and the go-to guy for any sequel in need of a boost. Will Johnson work that same ‘Franchise Viagra’ effect on the DC Extended Universe? It has been known for some time that Johnson will be joining the DC franchise as Black Adam, shady anti-hero of ‘Shazam!’ – a film provisionally lined up for a 2019 release, to which Johnson has been basically the only name attached for several years, with still no word of who will direct or co-star.
Given how ubiquitous Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson seems to be on the Hollywood stage of late, it’s easy to forget that he’s also set to become part of the DC Extended Universe. Instead, Johnson will portray Black Adam, a dark anti-hero with powers equivalent to Shazam – and given these powers include flight, super-strength and super-speed, he can also give Superman a run for his money. As such, Johnson has long hinted that he may well go toe-to-toe with Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel at some point – and now, both men have reminded fans that this is still on the cards.