After a performing above expectations its opening weekend, development has reportedly begun on a sequel to Shazam!.
According to TheWrap, Warner Bros. has signed Henry Gayden to pen the script for the planned sequel; Gayden had previously written the script for the original film as well as the film Earth to Echo.
In addition to bringing back its screenwriter, the studio expects director David F. Sandberg and producer Peter Safran to similarly return on production for the sequel. Prior to the film's opening, both Sandberg and Safran had publicly expressed their hopes to return.
One of the major factors for fast-tracking a sequel to Shazam! is the age of most of the principal cast. With many of the main characters young, the filmmakers had hoped to start production on a sequel before they grew visibly older. Now with Gayden officially attached to the project, this may soon become a reality.
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as the ancient wizard Shazam, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick “Freddy” Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vásquez and Marta Milans as Rosa Vásquez.