Shazam! will reunite director David F. Sandberg with both his Annabelle: Creation production designer and cinematographer. While Warner Bros. Pictures and DC announced plans for many DC live-action films at San Diego Comic-Con this year, Shazam! is one of the half-dozen that have official release dates at the moment. Justice League will arrive in theaters next month, followed by Aquaman at the end of 2018. Fortunately, DC fans will only have to wait a few months after Aquaman for Shazam! to hit the scene.
Sandberg is gearing up to start production on Shazam! in early 2018, with rumors currently circulating about who will play the eponymous superhero in the film. Leaked audition tapes for Shazam! have teased the movie's connections to some big DC heroes, though it's too early to expect an official synopsis for the film to be released just yet. In the meantime, however, we continue to learn more and more about Sandberg's behind the scenes collaborators on the project.
Omega Underground is reporting that cinematographer Maxime Alexandre and production designer Jennifer Spence have both boarded Shazam!. Sandberg previously worked with both creatives on this summer's Annabelle: Creation, so the three should have a good working relationship. Alongside the director, the cinematographer and production designer on a film are the two most important roles, when it comes to crafting look and tone - so Sandberg having people he knows and trusts will be essential.
Along with Annabelle: Creation, Alexandre and Spence both have a long history with horror films. Alexandre has also worked on The Crazies, The Hills Have Eyes, and next year's Conjuring universe installment The Nun. He also served as DP on Earth to Echo, a family-friendly sci-fi film that may end up having some things in common with Shazam! Though the magic connected to Shazam could lead to horror elements, you can expect there to be a good deal of family drama and lightheartedness in the film.
Spence, meanwhile, has worked on Insidious: Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 as well as Paranormal Activity 2–4. She also worked with Sandberg on his breakthrough hit Lights Out. Alongside Alexandre and Sandberg, her resume is a curious, but intriguing one, given the nature of the Shazam! property.
It appears that Sandberg, along with both his cinematographer and production designer, are all interested in trying something different tone-wise here, compared to what they've worked on in the past. The director has claimed multiple times now that Shazam! will be the most light-hearted DC movie yet, so it seems that you can expect something that's a far cry from his previous horror movies here.
Source: Omega Underground
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