Shazam! director makes short horror movie while in self-isolation

Shazam! director David F. Sandberg has made a short horror film while in self-isolation at home.The filmmaker has made full use of his free time while confined at home with his wife and creative partner, Lotta Losten, and returned to his horror roots t…

Shazam! director David F. Sandberg has made a short horror film while in self-isolation at home.

The filmmaker has made full use of his free time while confined at home with his wife and creative partner, Lotta Losten, and returned to his horror roots this week to make the three-minute piece titled Shadowed, which follows a woman who is terrorised by a series of increasingly menacing shadows after the lights in her home go out.

“Made a new three-minute horror short, ‘Shadowed’, together with @lottalosten because what else are we going to do while stuck indoors,” tweeted Sandberg on Thursday, followed by links to the video on YouTube and Vimeo.

Fans asked on social media how he achieved the creepy shadow effects with limited resources, and the Swedish director promised to make a behind-the-scenes video explaining his techniques.

In the YouTube video description, he described the short, which is set in a bedroom and the nearby hallway, as “sort of a companion piece to our short Lights Out. Watch loud in the dark.”

Sandberg began his filmmaking career with horror shorts, usually featuring Losten, and got his big break in Hollywood when their 2013 short Lights Out was expanded into a feature-length studio horror film in 2016. He then went on to make Annabelle: Creation and superhero comedy Shazam!

He is currently working on the script for a sequel to Shazam!, which starred Zachary Levi, and had planned to begin filming this year, but he’s unsure if this will come to fruition due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Who knows how long this will go on? I mean, it feels like every movie gets delayed now, so we’ll see what happens with Shazam!” he recently told Comicbook.com. “But so far, I’ve been working on the script. We can still do that, so that’s being done and then, yeah, we’ll just see in a couple of months how it looks, you know?”

Shazam! 2 is currently set for release in April 2022.

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David F. Sandberg shares hopeful update on future of Shazam! sequel

Director David F. Sandberg has shared a hopeful update with fans on the future of his Shazam! sequel amid the coronavirus pandemic.Filming on big-budget movies such as The Batman, Jurassic World: Dominion and Red Notice has been shut down as the Covid-…

Director David F. Sandberg has shared a hopeful update with fans on the future of his Shazam! sequel amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Filming on big-budget movies such as The Batman, Jurassic World: Dominion and Red Notice has been shut down as the Covid-19 virus continues to sweep across the globe.

Accordingly, fans soon began to wonder if the follow-up to last year’s comic-book adaptation, starring Zachary Levi as the DC Comics superhero, would be affected as multiple Hollywood studios began to postponing cinematic releases and shutter production.

Talking to Comicbook.com, Sandberg tried to alleviate any worries over the future of the sequel, and assured fans that he’s working on the script while on lockdown.

“We’ll see how long this goes, because I mean, we were going to start shooting this year. But, I mean, who knows how long this will go on? I mean, it feels like every movie gets delayed now, so we’ll see what happens with Shazam!” he explained. “But so far, I’ve been working on the script. We can still do that, so that’s being done and then, yeah, we’ll just see in a couple of months how it looks, you know?”

Shazam! 2 was due to begin filming this summer and was set to be released in April 2022.

Sandberg also opened up on the rumours that the DC Comics supervillain Black Adam, portrayed by Dwayne Johnson in an upcoming standalone movie, will appear in the Shazam! sequel.

“No, I haven’t talked to (the Black Adam team). I mean, I assume DC is keeping tabs, that they have the bigger plan. But I don’t know what they’re doing. I’m just curious to see it, you know?” the 39-year-old teased.

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Shazam! sequel in the works with original screenwriter

A Shazam! sequel is in development with original screenplay writer Henry Gayden.The movie, based on the DC Comics character of the same name, hit cinemas in the U.S. last Friday (05Apr19), with the story following Billy Batson (Asher Angel) as a teenag…

A Shazam! sequel is in development with original screenplay writer Henry Gayden.

The movie, based on the DC Comics character of the same name, hit cinemas in the U.S. last Friday (05Apr19), with the story following Billy Batson (Asher Angel) as a teenage boy who can transform into an adult superhero, as played by Zachary Levi.

Shazam! has received a largely positive response from critics, and grossed a worldwide total of over $159 million (£121 million) at the box office, with editors at The Wrap now reporting that a follow-up is coming.

Film insiders have told the publication that Gayden has been tapped to write the script, while David F. Sandberg is also expected to return as director, with Peter Safran serving as producer.

Gayden previously penned the screenplay for 2014’s Earth to Echo and was most recently attached to write the script for Last Human, an upcoming sci-fi flick to be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

Little else is known about the sequel, though Levi has been busy with various projects in recent months, having landed the part of Benjamin in hit TV series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and the voice-acting part of Biff Tarkin in the TV show Star Wars: Detours.

However, the former Chuck actor indicated that he was confident that another Shazam! movie would be greenlit during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last Thursday, where he explained that he was determined to maintain the buff physique he had built for the role.

“I think I gained, like, 24 pounds (10 kilograms) in the first couple of months and I’ve stayed in the gym six days a week through all of it still, till this day. And I’m healthier and stronger than I’ve ever been and I’m so grateful for that,” the 38-year-old said. “I worked out today. I’m hoping for a sequel.”

Shazam! also features Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Djimon Hounsou, and is now showing in cinemas around the world.

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Zachary Levi hopes Shazam will get to join the Justice League

Zachary Levi doesn’t want to be “greedy” but hopes Shazam will get a crack at joining the Justice League.The Chuck actor was unveiled as the newest member of the DC Comics universe in October 2017 when studio bosses announced that he would take on the …

Zachary Levi doesn’t want to be “greedy” but hopes Shazam will get a crack at joining the Justice League.

The Chuck actor was unveiled as the newest member of the DC Comics universe in October 2017 when studio bosses announced that he would take on the adult role in the movie Shazam!

Directed by David F. Sandberg, the plot centres on a troubled 14-year-old orphan named Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who can transform into the superhero, as played by Levi, simply by uttering the word “Shazam!”

Now, in a video interview for Digital Spy, Levi expressed how much he would like to see his character make a crossover into one of DC’s Justice League movies.

“I don’t want to get too greedy,” the 38-year-old, who is garnering plenty of positive buzz for his DC debut, commented. “First and foremost, I would love that we get to keep building this world, the Shazam! side of the DC universe.

“If beyond that, my bosses say, ‘Hey, what about going and popping into that person’s movie or they pop into your movie?’ or, God willing, they make another Justice League and Shazam gets to be in the Justice League, I want all of that.”

Other DC movies include box office smashes like 2017’s Justice League flick, as well as features like Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The newcomer also admitted he got some tips on navigating the superhero world, but not from his compatriots at DC.

“I’ve had some buddies who have also done this in the Marvel world as well,” he shared. “Through my observation of what they’ve all done, I’ve tried to assimilate, as best I can, the things that it looks like have worked for them, but I was just kind of trying to do my own thing.

“It is very different too. It’d be very difficult to be getting tips from Batman because it’s a much darker, different kind of thing.”

Also starring Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou, and Grace Fulton, Shazam! begins to hit cinemas from 3 April (19).

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