Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Shazam Movie Dead

Sad news for fans who were hoping for a "Shazam!" movie.

According to Screen Rant, "A big-screen adaptation of 'Shazam!' has long been in development over the years. And it appeared the project was picking up steam with the news that Peter Segal (the director behind Warner Brother’s recent Summer hit 'Get Smart') had signed on to direct.

But according to the film’s writer John August ('Charlie & the Chocolate Factory' and 'Big Fish'), Shazam! is in fact dead.

Speaking on his blog, August gave a detailed 'blow by blow' report detailing the problems he faced with issues ranging from the age of Billy Batson (the lead character) to keeping the film’s villain Black Adam from being 'too sympathetic.'"

On August's blog, he reveals that it was actually other movies that proved to be the downfall of "Shazam!"

“In retrospect, I can point to two summer Warner Bros. movies that I believe defined the real issue at hand: Speed Racer and The Dark Knight. The first flopped; the second triumphed. Given only those two examples, one can understand why a studio might wish for their movies to be more like the latter. But to do so ignores the success of Iron Man, which spend most of its running time as a comedic origin story, and the even more pertinent example of WB’s own Harry Potter series. I tried to make this case, to no avail.”

How do you feel about other movies affecting "Shazam!?"

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