Shazam! coming to the big screen....

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  1. todd s

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    I just saw this at http://www.cinescape.com


    SHAZAM! is the word for Oscar winner
    DREAMCATCHER scribe to write his first superhero flick

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    Dateline: Monday, March 24, 2003

    By: PATRICK SAURIOL
    By: News Editor
    Source: Variety

    Superhero movies are all the rage with Hollywood these days, but even so today's news was still unexpected. Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman has been hired by New Line Cinema to write...wait for it...SHAZAM!

    The DC Comics character (also known as Captain Marvel) has been around for decades and was even once a live-action Saturday morning series on TV. Goldman's SHAZAM! will still stick with the source material, that being the adventures of a young man named Billy Batson who transformed into a costumed superhero when he uttered the word Shazam. New Line is eyeing the movie for a holiday 2004 or summer 2005 release.


    "I started collecting comics in 1938," Goldman is quoted in today's Variety as saying. "I was a lunatic comicbook lover, and I had everything. (This project) is a big deal for me. I hope I don't screw it up."


    Who woulda thought it?
     
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    Um, has New Line SEEN Dreamcatcher?
     
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    Evan Marriott (Joe Millionaire) looks the part of Captain Marvel (just slick back the hair, and he's dead ringer for the character). Of course, can he act? Probably not.
     
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    I'm still trying to get the old Saturday morning show out of my head.
     
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    Let it go, let it go. [​IMG]
     
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    Hasn't this already been made into a film starring Shaq?
     
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    Is this WB's way to clean up the mess that Superman has become? I'll be curious to see if this project ever happens...
     
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    I'm really, really hoping they make this as an art-deco period piece. Fawcett City, early 1940s, with Dr. Sivana as the evil super-science villain. Hell, even bring in Talky Tawney.

    And if works, do a sequel with Black Adam, Mary Marvel, and Cpt. Marvel Jr.

    And if they don't get Alex Ross in as a creative consultant, I'll crap in my hat.
     
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    The Captain America serial is much better, actually. I think the Republic Pictures serial for the Big Red Cheese would not hold up well. It can come across as racist, and it is highly divergent from the light-hearted comic strip.

    I'm not sure, but I think at one time Captain Marvel was the best-selling comic book character around. Superman was a better merchandising commodity, but Cap pushed more books. I think. So bringing him to the big screen is not out of the question.
     
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    Captain Marvel was the most popular superhero in the 40's - the only way Superman could beat him was in court. [​IMG]

    I agree it will be extremely hard to pull this off. It has to have just the right degree of earnestness and humor to do it - it could turn into a real disaster or a true pleasure. The art deco idea would fit it perfectly - in fact Captain Marvel/Billy Batson would probably not be accepted based in the '00's.
     
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