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– by Gig Patta

The comic book movie universe is definitely not the same as the horror movie universe.

Director David F. Sandberg is quickly learning that lesson.

During San Diego Comic-Con International last month, Annabelle: Creation director revealed to the world that he will be directing comic superhero movie Shazam as his next project. It will be his third feature film after his highly successful horror film Lights Out and Warner Brothers’ full faith in horror prequel Annabelle: Creation this Friday.

As Sandberg is going through the rounds of press interviews for Annabelle: Creation, he is being bombarded with questions concerning Shazam, in which he cannot reveal anything due to comic book movie secrecy and it’s too early in production.

LRM managed to exclusively talk to Sandberg on a telephone call for his promotion of Annabelle: Creation before the nationwide release this Friday.

He explained that New Line Cinema is very confident in his work after two horror movies and the offer of Shazam! was in the middle of production of Annabelle: Creation:

“It was during post-production. It was pretty similar [to Annabelle: Creation with Lights Out]. They just called me up. I love working with New Line and they are delighted in working with me,” said Sandberg exclusively to LRM. “I’m glad we’re doing more things together. They called me up and they wanted to know if I was interested in Shazam. I was like, ‘Of course.’”

Knowing the comic book community is truly faithful towards the lore of superheroes, Sandberg has already begun researching this mighty superhero:

“I wasn’t as familiar with Shazam. As far as I’ve understand, that comic was published back in the 70s. That was a little bit before my time. So I was only somewhat familiar with it as part of the Justice League. I’m familiar with DC Comics. I grew up on that stuff,” he explained.

With two great horror movies in his repertoire and countless scary short films, many people are surprised he was chosen to direct a more light-hearted comic book film. Sandberg told us he’s going to love working on this project:

“I’ve embraced the challenge. It’s cool to try something different. Back home in Sweden, I had a little success doing comedy, animated shorts. I’m somewhat familiar with the lighter tone. I look forward to it. I also think I’ll be returning to horror again,” he said.

He also confirmed in a prior interview that Dwayne Johnson will not appear in Shazam.

Annabelle: Creation will be in theaters nationwide this Friday, August 11. Shazam is scheduled for a theatrical release on April 5, 2019.

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Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @mrgigpatta.