New Line and DC may just have lined-up a potential director for their upcoming superhero flick.
Fresh off the success of his 2016 feature debut with horror movie Lights Out, which was based on his 2013 short film of the same name, Swedish director David F. Sandberg is now being circled by Shazam!'s production team over at New Line and DC. This looks like another case of big studios looking to rising indie talents to helm their tentpole movies, a strategy which has proven somewhat of a gamble in the past; just look at how Colin Trevorrow and Josh Trank fared on Jurassic World and Fantastic Four, respectively - it seems the jump from small indie films to huge productions can be a rough one.
That said, the film may well benefit from the indie touch, as it's already shaping up to be a rather off-kilter proposition. Not only do we have Dwayne Johnson as the main villain, but this writer feels the need to remind you that the plot revolves around a teenage boy who can transform into a square-jawed superhero by saying the word "Shazam!" This is gonna be an odd duck, so perhaps having an indie director on board, especially one used to the tightrope walk of controlling the tone of a horror movie, will help guide the ship towards interesting waters.
Sandberg himself is continuing his career in horror movies for now with Annabelle 2, yet another instalment in The Conjuring series. This writer, despite being a horror nerd, has to admit he's never seen any of these films. They're about a creepy doll, apparently? Okay, now I know why I've never seen 'em. Brrrr... Anyway, Annabelle 2 is out on the 11th of August, and should hopefully give us more of an idea of what kind of director we're dealing with here.
Not this writer, though. I cannot deal with creepy dolls.