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?