David F. Sandberg Confirmed to Direct Shazam!
Posted 2017/07/20 0 0
Shazam! will reportedly begin filming as soon as January or February 2018 with Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg at the helm.
This morning, news broke that Shazam! will be entering production early next year, with Lights Out director David F. Sandberg reportedly helming the hotly anticipated production. Sandberg is promoting his upcoming horror film, Annabelle: Creation, at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 this week, and during an appearance on IMDb’s show, host Kevin Smith questioned the director about the rumors, to which Sandberg responded, “Shazam!.” Sandberg confirmed his involvement with the movie, saying that he spoke with DC Films president Geoff Johns and New Line Cinema about the gig; he also said that he’s “very happy” with the script and that everything is “coming along pretty well.”
Shazam! was split into two movies last January, with Dwayne Johnson getting his own standalone Black Adam film. It is unclear whether Johnson, who has long been attached to play Shazam! villain Black Adam, will be involved with Shazam! but he is attached as star and producer of the Black Adam spinoff that is being developed concurrently to Shazam!, according to THR. Kevin Smith, while interviewing Sandberg, said: “You’ll probably be back in a year or two up on Hall H stage with The Rock and a bunch of famous people and stuff.” Sandberg replied to this with, “Yes.”
Peter Safran, who worked with Sandberg on the Annabelle sequel and is also producing Aquaman, is in negotiations to board Shazam! as producer. The project is looking to go before cameras in January or February 2018 with a likely release in 2019, according to sources.
Warners is feeing revived in its DCU with the stunning success of Wonder Woman and earlier this week slotted two DC movies in the release calendar for 2020. It has several films teeing up on the runway, but at this stage, Shazam! will take off first. Flash was delayed from lack of a director, while a sequel to Wonder Woman is only in the early treatment writing stage. Joss Whedon is overseeing postproduction and reshoots on Justice League and won't be ready to tackle a Batgirl film until after that movie is out the door. A sequel to Suicide Squad, which is closing in on a director, is eyeing a mid-2018 start.