Shazam! is Not Dead After All, Gets New Writer

The last time we heard about “Shazam!” and his magic lightning bolt, the movie was dead. D-E-D. Dead. Or at least, that was according to screenwriter John August. As it turns out, the old axiom is true, Hollywood really doesn’t tell screenwriters anything, because the movie is still very much alive over at Warner Bros., and the studio has just paid another writer to work on the script, taking over where August and others left off.

Not only is the project still alive and in development, with writer Bill Birch now taking his turn on the scripot, but according to Variety “Get Smart” director Peter Segal is still onboard to direct and produce via his Callahan Filmworks.

“Shazam!” the movie will still follow Billy Batson, a young boy who transforms into the Superman-ish superhero Captain Marvel when he says the magic word “Shazam!” Word is, Warner Bros. plans on an Origins Story that stays faithful to the original comic books. So does this mean no “Shazam!” movie starring Justin Timberlake?

Face it, kids, a lightning bolt is cooler than a big lame S. Know it, Live it!

Face it, kids, a lightning bolt is cooler than a big lame S. Know it, Live it!



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Is Dwayne Johns still going to play Black Adam? I hope so he’s perfect for the part, and I have no idea who should play Marvel though. Any suggestions?

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Is Dwayne Johns still going to play Black Adam? I hope so he’s perfect for the part, and I have no idea who should play Marvel though. Any suggestions?

  • Dedpool

    Is Dwayne Johns still going to play Black Adam? I hope so he’s perfect for the part, and I have no idea who should play Marvel though. Any suggestions?

  • iAREren

    John Cena should be Cap. Marvel!!! (sarcasm)

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      I meant Dwayne Johnson btw LOL. And Cena as Cap…scarey LoL. But Still haven’t really come up with someone that embodies the look. I would like someone big, but not huge.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      I meant Dwayne Johnson btw LOL. And Cena as Cap…scarey LoL. But Still haven’t really come up with someone that embodies the look. I would like someone big, but not huge.

  • iAREren

    John Cena should be Cap. Marvel!!! (sarcasm)

  • iAREren

    John Cena should be Cap. Marvel!!! (sarcasm)

    • Dedpool

      I meant Dwayne Johnson btw LOL. And Cena as Cap…scarey LoL. But Still haven’t really come up with someone that embodies the look. I would like someone big, but not huge.

  • Matt

    Shazam should be made, but don’t mess it up like they did with the last Superman. It should be based on the Comic “Kingdom Come”..Great story, great art.

  • Matt

    Shazam should be made, but don’t mess it up like they did with the last Superman. It should be based on the Comic “Kingdom Come”..Great story, great art.

    • captain mystic

      no it shouldnt be based on kingdom come because the captain hardly appears until the end, base it on the origin of captain marvel

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Subtract Superman from the equation, chanhe the ending a bit and the updated story from “Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam” would work pretty well.

        Sent from my Samsung Interceptâ„¢

  • Noel

    can’t wait for this movie. hope they don’t cast the rock or Justin Timberlake

  • Noel

    can’t wait for this movie. hope they don’t cast the rock or Justin Timberlake