Chuck and Shazam! actor Zachary Levi will be performing hosting duties at this year's MTV Movie & TV Awards. And in a recent article where he talks about how much pressure he's been under lately performing as the host for the awards show, the actor updated us on Shazam 2. Levi says that the much-anticipated sequel to director David F. Sanberg's Big meets Superman action flick Shazam! has begun scriptwriting and he expects the flick to start shooting in either late spring or early summer next year.
On a related note, New Line planned to introduce Dwayne Johnson as Shazam's arch-nemesis Black Adam in the first film, but then the powers that be behind the scenes felt it would be better to introduce the characters separately. And following the success of Shazam! we recently passed along word that The Shallows, Non-Stop and Jungle Cruise director Jaume Collet-Serra will be reuniting with Johnson on the upcoming Black Adam movie. Adam Sztykiel, who worked with Johnson on Rampage wrote the latest draft of the script which FlynnPictureCo will produce along with Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions. Scott Sheldon will oversee for FlynnPictuereCo.
Now even though, like the rest of the world, I have not seen Johnson's take on Black Adam I find myself already excited as hell to see him go toe-to-toe with Zachary Levi's Shazam! as soon as possible. But it's a safe bet that we won't see a full-on Shazam v. Black Adam motion picture for at least five years. But what do I know? That movie could be announced later today! After all, Hollywood moves fast, people, and that's all well and good in this guy's eyes.
The first Shazam movie starred Asher Angel and Zachary Levi as William "Billy" Batson / Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick "Freddy" Freeman, Djimon Hounsou as Shazam, and John Glover as Mr. Sivana. Faithe Herman joined them as Darla Dudley, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Marta Milans as Rosa Vasquez, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vasquez, Ethan Pugiotto as Young Thaddeus Sivana, and David Kohlsmith as 4-year-old William "Billy" Batson. Adam Brody joined the party as (SPOILERS) Super Hero Freddy, along with Meagan Good as Super Hero Darla, Michelle Borth as Super Hero Mary, Ross Butler as Super Hero Eugene, and D.J. Cotrona as Super Hero Pedro.
David F. Sandberg directed the original film from a screenplay written by Henry Gayden based on a story by Gayden and Darren Lemke based on characters created by DC Comics. Peter Safran produced while Benjamin Wallfisch provided the movie with its epic score, Maxime Alexandre handled cinematography, and the whole shebang was edited together by Michel Aller. New Line Cinema, DC Films, The Safran Company, and Seven Bucks Productions were the production companies behind the film which Warner Bros. Pictures distributed into a theater near you back on April 5, 2019. The $80-100 million superhero yarn scored a worldwide box-office total of $363 million all said and done. This story comes to us via AP News.