April 13, 2006

Sandler sidekick to captain “Shazam!” movie

By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Director Peter Segal,
who shot the Adam Sandler hits "The Longest Yard," "50 First
Dates" and "Anger Management," has come aboard "Shazam!" -- an
adaptation of the DC Comics series featuring Captain Marvel.

The comic focused on young Billy Batson, who becomes the
superhero known as Captain Marvel when he utters the magic word
"Shazam!" The name is an acronym for six gods and heroes of the
ancient world as well as their attributes: the wisdom of
Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Aries, the
power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of

The project has been in the works for some time at New Line
Cinema. Segal is attached to direct "Get Smart," a big-screen
adaptation of the classic TV series, for Warner Bros.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter