Shazam! screenwriter Henry Gayden to return for sequel

Shazam Zachary Levi

Shazam! was estimated to gross around $40 million during its opening weekend, but it debuted with $53 million, giving Warner Bros and DC a good reason to go ahead with a sequel. Now we have a new report that Warner Bros will be bringing Henry Gayden, the writer for Shazam!, back for the inevitable Shazam! sequel.

David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation, Lights Out) has said that he’d be interested in returning to direct Shazam 2. But before Warner Bros. get to that, it wants to lock in on a script first. According to The Wrap, Henry Gayden has been tapped to work on the script for the Shazam! sequel. He’ll need to hash one out soon since the kids won’t stay young for forever. Imagine having an adult Billy Batson who transforms into a big and buff adult version.

Well, Billy Batson did grow older in DC’s Kingdom Come comic book miniseries. Set in the future, we see an older Billy who looks just like his superhero counterpart. Perhaps someday when Asher Angel, who plays Billy in the film, gets too old, Zachary Levi will portray both Billy and Shazam!

Synopsis: In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard (Djimon Hounsou). Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong).

The film is directed by David F. Sandberg, who is known for directing horror films like Anabelle: Creation and Lights Out. Henry Gayden worked on the screenplay from a story by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke and based on the DC character created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck. Joining Zachary Levi are Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Djimon Hounsou, Faithe Herman, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Marta Milans, and Cooper Andrews.

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