‘Shazam!’ Moves from New Line to Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. has signaled its intent to corral all their DC heroes in one place but internally shifting Shazam! from their New Line division to Warner proper. The news came when the studio announced that Peter Segal has been given a three year first-look deal according to Variety.
The director and producer Michael Ewing formed Callahan Film works to produce projects together after first meeting on the set of Naked Gun 33 1/3. The deal now has the duo prepping not only Shazam, still to be written by John August, but also a sequel to Get Smart and Liam McBain: International Tennis Star and Proper English Geezer. The latter is an original story that “follows the rise, fall and ultimate redemption of a fictional British tennis star of the 80s.”
August last wrote in the late winter that he was finishing a draft of the delayed Shazam! film but nothing has been stated about the project since. August replaced William Goldman who wrote several drafts before leaving the project. No casting has been announced although most expect Dwayne Johnson to sign on to portray Black Adam, the antagonist.