David F. Sandberg In Talks To Direct ’Shazam’

ShazamWhile there hasn’t been much development on the Shazam film, it looks like the project may be about to get its director. The Wrap is reporting that David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) is currently in talks with New Line Cinema to potentially helm the Billy Batson centric film. Sandberg’s next film is the sequel to the supernatural horror film Annabelle, which will hit theaters on August 11.

Back in January, it was reported that Dwayne Johnson’s character Black Adam would be getting his own solo film. We also found out that Black Adam is supposedly no longer the big bad of the film, but that he might still appear in the film or future sequels. Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo) is writing the script for the film.

Despite that Shazam and Black Adam are both under the New Line umbrella, they are set to be part of the DC Extended Universe that Warner Bros. has been creating over the past few years. While the release date for the film was set for April 5, 2019, it remains to be seen whether or not that is still the case.

Would you want to see David F. Sandberg direct the Shazam movie? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: The Wrap

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.

  • Darthmanwe

    I do not know if WB remembers, but there’s a teensy tiny little pint-sized cutie-pie pixie-dimensions of a DC movie that they have FORGOTTEN TO HIRE A director for that should’ve been coming to theaters a lot earlier than Shazam, or batman.

    • SAMURAI36

      You’re talking about Flash? Honestly, I’m more excited for Shazam and Batman, than I am for that. I’ve been getting my Flash fix on TV, so that one can wait, IMO.

  • Carl

    Yeah sure he will be really cheap and easy to push around. He also really fits the feel of Shazam, the tale of a boy who can transform into an adult with Superman like abilities is really horrific stuff. lol

    • Marquis DC Sade

      Yes, because once you’ve directed a horror film you’re only allowed
      to direct horror films from that point forward. They actually stamp the
      word HORROR on your forehead and you’re only allowed to think horror
      thoughts.

      I don’t know how the heck that Sam Raimi guy got away with making Spider-Man movies, they must’ve forgot to stamp him.

      • Carl

        Raimi Directed the much more fun and campy Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness as well as Produced the Hercules TV series (a superhero show) before Spider-Man.

        • Marquis DC Sade

          Okay, let’s try James Wan directing the well reviewed Fast 7.

          • Carl

            I didn’t say it doesn’t happen and can’t work out. Although Fast 7 is a pretty dumb movie that got inflated reviews for handling the Paul Walker stuff well.

    • bingeit 45

      Scott Derrickson made horror movies too, so it’s not like a director is going to do same thing his entire career

      • Carl

        Big difference though is that Dr. Strange has elements that are similar to horror movies. It deals with other dimensions, monsters and the occult. It was a good fit.

        Shazam should be very bright, fun and light hearted.

        • bingeit 45

          well firstly he has not signed it’s just talks and even if he signs maybe he should be given a chance to show his range, i’m sure he don’t want to do only horror movie throughout his career