The movie's called Shazaam. Or, well, it would be if it actually existed.
In a feature published by The New Statesman this week, writer Amelia Tate uncovers a group of Redditors who are convinced that a movie called Shazaam, starring Sinbad, existed. Yet, they can't find any trace of it. And no, they aren't talking about Kazaam, a different (yet similar) genie movie starring Shaquille O'neal. Well, one thing is for sure, Sinbad doesn't think he made this movie.
You can imagine that Sinbad is probably very confused about this phenomenon, which has been going on for years at this point.
These people are so convinced that they have seen this movie that they have highly specific memories of it, including an account from a video rental employee who swears they had two copies they lent out year after year. Another guy specifically remembers the person he was engaged to, and that he was in graduate school at the time, which was his method of verifying that the movie definitely came out before Shaq's Kazaam. Tate's feature is an interesting meditation on false and collective consciousness. These types of memories have become such a popular phenomenon (beyond the movie, to other historic incidents as well), that there is an entire subreddit about what they now call the Mandela Effect.
So, after years of hearing about this and it finally picking up steam this fall, Sinbad has decided to put the whole thing to rest...by making this dang genie movie once and for all.
Thank you Sinbad. We are driving ourselves insane and we need your help.