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Newmarket getting ready for 'August'

11 April 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- It hadn’t found a buyer since way back in January when it first premed at Sundance, but after hitting the pavement, screenwriter and first time director John August can breathe a sign of relief: Newmarket Films has pacted a deal with Sony for the rights to the film. Sony gets the DVD & TV rights.In the same complex spirit as his first screenplay Go, The Nines is a philosophical consideration of the mysterious connections between the lives of a troubled actor, a television showrunner and a videogame designer. Among the players are Hope Davis and Ryan Reynolds. August (a Tim Burton regular with Big Fish and The Corpse Bride) can now focus his energy on the comic-book to big screen adaptation of Shazam!.  »

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Team Captain: August writing NL's 'Shazam!'

9 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

John August has been hired to pen Shazam! New Line Cinema's adaptation of a DC Comics series featuring Captain Marvel. Peter Segal is attached to direct and also is producing with Michael Ewing.

The comic book series focuses on Billy Batson, a teenager 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 Mercury.

Writers on the long-gestating project include William Goldman and Bryan Goluboff.

Segal approached August because of the scribe's track record of combining big spectacle with characterization in such movies as Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Big Fish. August, who recently started reading the trade paperbacks that compiled the "Shazam!" series, was intrigued.

"It's a unique opportunity to do a comic book movie where the character in it actually read comic books," said August, who has started writing the script. »

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