John August on Shazam!

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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 movie’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? August’s answer: “That’s absolutely a key part of the movie. Billy doesn’t want to turn back, that’s central to the story. And a lot of the movie hinges upon that and Billy’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, that’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, that’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!