Quint over at Ain’t It Cool News interviewed Peter Segal on the Get Smart movie, but was smart enough to ask if he was still working on Shazam.
Absolutely. We’re working on the script right now and John August is working on it and I have to say I’m really excited about this. This is one of my favorite comic books and I had to remind myself when I researched again, once I signed on, that it was the most popular comic in the world in 1939 and because of a lot of legal problems it was shelved away and enjoined and when it came back again and during that time Superman thrived, but what I think is relevant about this comic is that element of BIG. BIG meets Superman.
There’s no comic out there… I mean, Iron Man has that flawed character and that’s what makes that unique, but this kid is a prepubescent boy that gets to morph and become a superhero and I think you’ve got to… that’s so rich… you know, to find two actors, because I don’t think one actor can play 14 and 28… that’d be a little creepy like CLIFFORD or something, I don’t know, but that’s why I think they came after a guy like me.
I think the thing that is going to sell this flick for me isn’t the director, producer, or who is writing the script, but rather who is going to play the parts of Billy and Shazam.