The Los Angeles Times talked to screenwriter John August about adaptating Shazam!, for which the movie will be set in present day. Here’s a clip:
I mentioned to August that two years ago I chatted with one of the “Shazam!” producers, Michael E. Uslan, and he told me even then that any Captain Marvel movieâ€™s great challenge would be answering one question: If you were a little kid who could turn into an all-powerful, handsome adult, why on Earth would you ever change back? Augustâ€™s answer: “That’s absolutely a key part of the movie. Billy doesnâ€™t want to turn back, thatâ€™s central to the story. And a lot of the movie hinges upon that and Billyâ€™s relationship with his best friend and that disparity. They are two teen friends and then suddenly one of them is 30 and a hero. So it creates tension. You know, as a screenwriter, thatâ€™s the thing, to take what seems to be a problem and make it a key element of the story. But Michael hit it on the head, thatâ€™s one of the emotional cores of this story. So to me it’s a great problem to have.”
Read the full interview at the link above!
Source: Los Angeles Times