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MOVIES: Black Adam - News Roundup *Updated 7th June 2019*

7th June 2019 - Jaume Collet-Serra in Negotiations to Direct

Sources tell Variety that “Jungle Cruise” director Jaume Collet-Serra is in negotiations to direct Dwayne Johnson in the New Line film “Black Adam,” based on the DC Comics character.

According to insiders, the film is a priority for the studio following the success of “Shazam!” in addition to the hype surrounding Johnson’s first entry into the superhero realm.

31st October 2017 - Adam Sztykiel in Negotiations to Write Script

Undateable creator Adam Sztykiel is in negotiations to pen the screenplay for the New Line Cinema and DC Comics film Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson as the antihero. Black Adam, who was first introduced in 1945, serves as the main archnemesis to Shazam!, a teen boy who can transform himself into an adult superhero.


19th January 2017 - Black Adam Spinoff in Development

New Line, which has been for over a decade developing a movie on the longtime DC character, will concurrently develop a movie centering on Black Adam, with Dwayne Johnson attached to star as Shazam’s arch-nemesis.

The move stems from last week’s high-level meeting with Johnson and DC Films co-head and comics author Geoff Johns, after which the actor took to social media to promise “hope, optimism & fun.”

But on a deeper level, the meeting led to a reconfiguring of the Shazam! movie. Johnson has been attached to play Black Adam since around 2008. Since that time, he has become arguably the biggest male actor on the planet. To execs, it made no sense to have a man of Johnson’s stature be just a villain and a supporting character in an expensive tentpole. Thus a decision was made to spin off Black Adam into his own film.

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