Dwayne Johnson is a busy man. He’s part of approximately 50 different film franchises right now, but he’s clearly always up to add some more. Like Doc Savage, for instance. Johnson’s name has been attached to a Shane Black-directed Doc Savage movie since at least 2016, and now the much in-demand actor has offered an update on the project.
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Nearly two weeks ago, Dwayne Johnson teased a new project that would having him teaming up with Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys director Shane Black in 2017. The project was not specifically named, but since Black is beginning production on his new Predator movie later this year, we assumed that Johnson would be leading the long-gestating big screen adaptation of the pulp hero Doc Savage.
Now we have official confirmation of Dwayne Johnson as Doc Savage thanks to a new Instagram post that features him alongside Shane Black as well as writers Anthony Bagarozzi & Chuck Mondry and producer Hiram Garcia, the vice president of production at Johnson’s own Seven Bucks Productions. Read More »
There are few combinations of talent as tantalizing as Shane Black and Dwayne Johnson, but the director of Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 made it clear that everyone’s favorite movie star would only be able to star in a big screen adaptation of the pulp adventure series Doc Savage if his increasingly busy schedule allowed him some space. But maybe it’s okay to keep your hopes up, because The Rock has casually hinted that he’s definitely involved in Doc Savage and plans to start shooting it in 2017.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Shane Black has been trying to make a Doc Savage movie for a long, long time. He wrote the original screenplay in 2009 and jumped in the director’s chair in 2010 and then…not much happened, aside from the usual on-again, off-again shenanigans. But this is obviously a passion project for the director of Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 – many filmmakers would have just turned and fled from a project that has been gestating for this long, but he appears to be all in.
And now, Black has offered an update on this movie: he’s hoping to start filming next year and he wants Dwayne Johnson to star as the legendary pulp icon.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
After two outings with Robert Downey Jr., Shane Black may be looking to team up with another Avenger for an upcoming film. Chris Hemsworth has reportedly been eyed for the lead role in Doc Savage, which Black has been attached to direct for a few years already. Hit the jump for all the latest updates on the project.
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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 »
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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Yay? Nifty screenwriter Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is apparently at work on a new adaptation of Doc Savage—the pulpy 1930s alphamale hero—for the tentpole production duo Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Transformers and Star Trek franchises). What’s more, Black let it be known to AICN that the project will be a period piece set in the aforementioned decade rather than one in modern day complete with hoverboards and H1N1. Consult a Ouija board or find details on what a Doc Savage is after the jump…
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