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Rumor: Lights Out director David F. Sandberg in talks to helm Shazam!

02.18.2017
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Though the DCEU is having a bit of bad luck with losing BATMAN directors left and right, a little bit of sunshine has just peaked through their rain cloud. That little ray comes in the form of David F. Sandberg, who is rumored to be in talks to take the gig to bring the mighty SHAZAM! to the big screen.

The Wrap reported that the LIGHTS OUT director is in talks to helm the superhero epic for New Line, which is also where he is working on sequels to ANNABELLE and LIGHTS OUT. SHAZAM! would mark the directors first foray into any sort of massive-budget filmmaking.

So far the movie is being written by EARTH TO ECHO scribe, Henry Gayden. If the rumor proves true, getting the director would be a big step forward for the SHAZAM! movie, which we also thought was going to feature Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson) as the villain, until we learned that both characters would instead be getting their own movie.

LIGHTS OUT was a fun little horror movie, and though we haven’t seen footage for ANNABELLE 2 outside of last year’s teaser, we do know the movie was pushed back from its May slot to August 11. The teaser gave me reason to think it could be better than the first, given its secluded-looking setting. Scott Derrickson was primarily from the world of horror before helming DOCTOR STRANGE, and that worked out well, so I have no reason to think Sandberg couldn’t achieve the same success. I mean, it has to get depressing working in the dark all the time. They're probably just excited to shoot something in sunlight.

ANNABELLE 2 arrives August 11, and SHAZAM! is currently set for April 2019.

Source: The Wrap

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2:13AM on 02/20/2017
I'm just relieved as heck that Brad Peyton's not directing this, since It seems like Dwayne Johnson's making 5,000 other movies with him.
I'm just relieved as heck that Brad Peyton's not directing this, since It seems like Dwayne Johnson's making 5,000 other movies with him.
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10:15AM on 02/19/2017

Enough with DC

The main issue with DC Iis that they have way too much in production too early on. The "Phase 1" of the MCU was planned much more carefully. They started out with 2 loosely connected movies and allowed it to grow organically. DC, however, is throwing way too many ideas out at once and demanding continuity without building solo stories which causes us to not care for the charctesrs like we did in the MCU. Do mainstream audiences care about Shazam? Probably not. But, they would have not cared
The main issue with DC Iis that they have way too much in production too early on. The "Phase 1" of the MCU was planned much more carefully. They started out with 2 loosely connected movies and allowed it to grow organically. DC, however, is throwing way too many ideas out at once and demanding continuity without building solo stories which causes us to not care for the charctesrs like we did in the MCU. Do mainstream audiences care about Shazam? Probably not. But, they would have not cared about the Guardians of the Galaxy either had marvel not become a name you can trust to make a quality movie. This came from slowing down and taking their time to make the best movies possible. "Dawn of Justice" and "Suicide Squad" are NOT examples of this.
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11:51PM on 02/18/2017
James Wan is also from the world of horror and he did a bang up job with Furious 7.Looking forward to his Aquaman
James Wan is also from the world of horror and he did a bang up job with Furious 7.Looking forward to his Aquaman
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3:57PM on 02/18/2017
He's a solid choice if DC can actually sign him and not let the negotiations break down between the two of them.
He's a solid choice if DC can actually sign him and not let the negotiations break down between the two of them.
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