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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Shane Black is a Cold Warrior

It looks like Shane Black might not be directing Lethal Weapon 5 anytime soon. Variety reports that Black is signed to direct a Cold War-era spy film titled Cold Warrior for Universal. According to Wikipedia, Cold Warrior is a phrase used to describe the men and women involved in the shaping and executing of American and Soviet policy during the Cold War.

Chuck Mondry‘s script tells the story of a spy who returns for retirement, and must team with a younger new school agent to confront a domestic terror threat from Russia. It’s not clear if Black will do a rewrite, although I certainly hope so. Black’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, is one of my favorite films of the past few years, partly due to Black’s incredible script and partly due to Robert Downey Jr’s performance. While I’m excited to see Black behind the camera, I am skeptical of him helming a film which he didn’t personally write. Mondry sold an action thriller Tick-Tock to Columbia Pictures for $1 million in 2000.

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