It looks like the $53 million domestic opening for Shazam! was enough for Warner Bros. to start the development of a sequel. TheWrap reports that screenwriter Henry Gayden is returning to write the untitled sequel with David F. Sandberg and Peter Safran back as well.

“Shazam!” screenplay writer Henry Gayden has been tapped to write the DC superhero movie’s sequel for DC and New Line, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. The filmmaking team of David F. Sandberg and Peter Safran are also expected to return.

Deadline reaffirmed that Sandberg is expected to return as director.

Director David F. Sandberg is expected to return as well as producer Peter Safran. 

It’ll be interesting how long they’ll wait to announce a release date as the young actors may age-out of their roles very soon. Warner Bros. hasn’t made any of this official, so things can change over the next couple of months.

We all have a superhero inside of us — it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In 14-year-old Billy Batson’s case, all he needs to do is shout out one word to transform into the adult superhero Shazam. Still a kid at heart, Shazam revels in the new version of himself by doing what any other teen would do — have fun while testing out his newfound powers. But he’ll need to master them quickly before the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana can get his hands on Shazam’s magical abilities.

SOURCE: THE WRAP & DEADLINE

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