Doc Savage

With Iron Man 3, director Shane Black has the second-biggest US movie opening ever, and a film that is rapidly on track to hit the $1b global box-office mark. That translates to professional capital, and Black is ready to devote some of it to a project that was back-burnered a couple years ago.

In 2009 Black scripted a big-screen revival of the pulp character Doc Savage for Sony and producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The character is a hero of pulp novels and comics, described as “a scientist, physician, adventurer, inventor, explorer and researcher. He has been trained since birth to be nearly superhuman in every way, with outstanding strength, a photographic memory, and vast knowledge and intelligence. He uses his skills and powers to punish evil wherever in the world he finds it.”

The film, designed at that point as a period piece, almost went forward in 2010 with Black directing from a draft he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry. Ultimately, however, it stalled, and then Black ended up going to work for Marvel in 2011.

Now the film is back on at Sony, with Black directing from that script he wrote with Bagarozzi and Mondry. Read More »

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Shane Black to Direct Doc Savage

Doc Savage

Sony has hired Shane Black to bring pulp hero Doc Savage back to the big screen.

I’ve been waiting for Black to step back into the director’s chair for five years now. His feature directorial debut, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, is one of my favorite films of the past decade, mostly due to Black’s incredible script and partly due to Robert Downey Jr’s awesome pre-Iron Man comedic performance. Black is considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, and was the highest paid screenwriter in the late 1980′s/early 1990′s. He broke onto the scene with Lethal Weapon, followed by The Monster Squad, The Last Boy Scout, Last Action Hero (re-write), and The Long Kiss Goodnight.

While I’m excited to see Black behind the camera, I am skeptical of him helming a film which he didn’t personally write. The screenplay was written by Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry. Neal Moritz (Fast and Furious) is producing the project, which likely means that one of the cast members will be played by a rap artist (I’m only half joking).

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