: Shazam! We've Got a Writer
: Source: The Hollywood Reporter March 9, 2007
: John August has been hired to write Shazam!,
: New Line Cinema's adaptation of a DC Comics
: series featuring Captain Marvel, says The
: Hollywood Reporter. Peter Segal is attached
: to direct and also is producing with Michael
: The comic book series focuses on Billy
: Batson, a teenager who becomes the superhero
: known as Captain Marvel when he utters the
: magic word "Shazam!" The name is
: an acronym for six gods and heroes of the
: ancient world as well as their attributes:
: the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of
: Hercules, the stamina of Aries, the power of
: Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed
: of Mercury.
: August has worked on such films as Tim
: Burton's Corpse Bride, Charlie and the
: Chocolate Factory and Big Fish.
: "It's a unique opportunity to do a
: comic book movie where the character in it
: actually read comic books," said
: August, who has started writing the script.
: "What's terrific about the character is
: that he looks like this superstudly
: superhero but is really a 13-year-old boy.
: And to approach everything that is great
: about a superhero movie from a 13-year-old
: boy's perspective was a unique way in."
: August sat down with noted DC Comics writer
: Geoff Johns for "idiot checking,"
: making sure the filmmakers' approach to the
: character was consistent with what fans love
: about him. "I think we're going to be
: able to be really faithful to the mythology
: and yet make it completely transparent for
: people who have no idea who the character
: is," August said.
: Chris Godsick and Michael Uslan
: (Constantine) are executive producing.
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