The Tracking Board is reporting that Adam Sztykiel (Undateable) is talks to writer New Line and DC Entertainment’s Black Adam live-action film adaptation.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will star as Black Adam, antihero and Shazam adversary. The solo movie will be produced by Johnson and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions, along with Beau Flynn of the Flynn Picture Company. There’s no director attached to the project yet.
Some of Sztykiel’s projects include, Spy Guys, Due Date, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,We’re the Millers 2, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.
Black Adam was created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck, and made his first appearance in The Marvel Family # 1 (December 1945).
Black Adam is an ancient Egyptian named Teth-Adam (i “Mighty Human”), who is chosen by the wizard Shazam to be his successor due to his presumed moral purity. When Teth-Adam says the magic word “Shazam”, he is transformed into a super-powered being possessing the same powers as Captain Marvel. however, Mighty Adam is soon corrupted by the vastness of his powers and decide that he should rule the world, Mighty Adam overthrows and kills the pharaoh and assumes the Egyptian throne. Angered by this betrayal, Shazam renames his errant champion “Black Adam”, and—unable to revoke the powers he gave Adam, banishes him to the most distant star in the universe.
Black Adam spends the next 5,000 years flying back to Earth. By the time he makes it back, in 1945, Shazam has appointed three new champions to take his place: Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, and Captain Marvel Jr. Adam’s attempts to take over the world causes the Marvels to seek counsel with Shazam, who tells them about Black Adam.