John August Pens Shazam! Film

John August, who penned Tim Burton’s last three films, has been hired to write New Line Cinema’s adaptation of the DC comic “Shazam!” featuring Captain Marvel reports Reuters.

The story focuses on Billy Batson, a teenager who becomes the superhero known as Captain Marvel when he utters the magic word “Shazam!”.

The name is an acronym for six gods and heroes of the ancient world as well as their attributes: the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Aries, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury.

Peter Segal is attached to direct and also is producing with Michael Ewing.