DC are apparently zeroing in on a director for the planned Shazam movie.
According to The Wrap, Lights Out director David F. Sandberg is in talks to helm the film which has Dwayne Johnson set for a leading role.
Sandberg is a Swedish filmmaker who adapted his short film Lights Out into a feature for New Line Cinema. The horror pic was such a box office success that the studio asked him to direct the horror sequel Annabelle 2.
Shazam itself is not directly part of Warner Bros.’ DCEU slate and as such is being developed by their New Line Cinema arm. That studio recently made the decision to split the film into two movies, one titled Shazam and another titled Black Adam, focusing on Johnson’s villain. The former WWE star is expected to be part of both films, but with Sandberg now in line to direct, the hunt is no doubt on to fill the title role.
Shazam doesn’t currently have an official release date, but was being eyed for a debut in 2019.
Source: The Wrap