New Line toons up ‘Shazam!’

'Batman' exec producer Uslan to take on same job for project

New Line Cinema is teaming with DC Comics to create a feature based on the classic comicbook “Shazam!”

New Line is in final negotiations with DC to acquire feature rights on the 60-year-old title, in which mild-mannered Billy Batson discovers that he can call on the powers of an ancient Egyptian wizard, Shazam, and thereafter undertakes heroic exploits.

The “Shazam!” name is an acronym for six gods and heroes of the ancient world: the wisdom of Solomon, strength of Hercules, stamina of Atlas, power of Zeus, courage of Achilles and speed of Mercury.

Comics industry vet and “Batman” franchise exec producer Michael Uslan will serve as executive producer on the project.

“We’re pleased to be developing one of the gems of our library with one of our sister companies,” said DC publisher Paul Levitz. DC and New Line are both owned by AOL Time Warner.

New Line VPs Christopher Godsick and Mark Kaufman are developing the property for the studio.

Also in development at New Line is the DC property “Ronin,” created by Frank Miller.