A few weeks ago, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson teased an upcoming project he was working on. He mentioned he was reading an outline for a “cool movie” that will see him partnering with director Shane Black next year. It didn’t take fans long to ascertain which films Black would be working on in the near future. The director is signed on to direct “The Predator,” a sequel to the it 1987 sci-fi film “Predator,” and to “Doc Savage.” Given Johnson’s acting ability and his physical stature, either film could certainly be a possibility for him to star.
Well, the actor has taken to social media and officially made the announcement that he will be taking on the titular role of Doc Savage. In his announcement, made on his Instagram page, Dwayne posted a photo from this weekend of himself joined with Shane Black, writers Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry, and producer Hiram Garcia. Here’s what the actor revealed on Instagram… (more…)
If you’re looking for a hero that rivals even Superman in his ability to take on all challenges, look no further than Doc Savage. This pulp hero of the early 20th century is looking to make a comeback via comic book movie writer Shane Black. While no release date has been set as of yet, it is known that Black shall both write and direct Doc Savage and that it’s high on his priority list. And furthermore, he may be looking toward Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, to play the title role. (more…)
It’s good to be the director of the film with the second biggest opening in cinema history.
For example, major studios suddenly become excited about projects you were forced to mothball 3 years ago, as is the case with Shane Black’s Doc Savage. The director was set to begin production on a film adaptation of the iconic pre-superhero age pulp character in 2009 for Sony and producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. He had a draft of a script he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry.
Unfortunately, the project stalled, and Black went to work for Marvel in 2011.
Just in case you’re not all that familiar with the character, Doc Savage was a mainstay of the “Pulp Fiction” (as in dime novels printed on cheap paper, not as in Quentin Tarantino) era. Think of him as the “Model T” of the nearly superhuman, alpha-male adventurer/scientist/crime fighter/genius/detective/explorer archetype.
Shades of Doc Savage can be seen in fictional characters and franchises from Batman to Indiana Jones to The Venture Bros. to Buckaroo Banzai.
Anyhoo, the film’s back on again, with Black directing from the same script he wrote with Bagarozzi and Mondry. The Wrap reported on the finalization of the deal, and Sony offered this press release:
WRITER/DIRECTOR SHANE BLACK
TO MAKE DOC SAVAGE
FOR SONY PICTURES AND ORIGINAL FILM
CULVER CITY, Calif., May 7, 2013 –Sony Pictures Entertainment has closed its deal with Shane Black to co-write and direct Doc Savage, and Black is eyeing it as his next film, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. Black co-wrote the screenplay with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, based on the hero of pulp novels, films, and comic books. Neal H. Moritz is producing the project with Ori Marmur through his Original Film banner. Michael Usland will also serve as a producer on the film.
Commenting on the announcement, Minghella said, “We couldn’t be more excited to be building a franchise from the ground up with Shane and this team. Shane and Neal have a fantastic understanding of the character and a great take on the material and we can’t wait to get this production up and running.”
One of the most popular characters of the pulps of the 1930s and 40s, Doc Savage was also popularized on radio, film and television. He is 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.
Black most recently co-wrote and directed Iron Man 3 which has grossed more than $700 million since opening a little more than one week ago. He previously wrote and directed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Sam Dickerman and Lauren Abrahams are overseeing the title for Columbia Pictures along with Minghella. Black is represented by David Greenblatt, WME and his attorney Alan Hergott.
No information is as yet available regarding shooting schedules or release dates, NerdBastards will, of course, bring you further updates as they become available.
Shane Black, the dude that is directing Iron Man 3, has a plan. A plan to bring back excitement and adventure to the silver screen. To do it, he wants to enlist the pulp hero that inspired the superhero, Doc Savage. Recently CBR sat down with Black and he laid out what he would do with ‘the man of bronze’
“If we do ‘Doc Savage,’ the challenge is make it adult. I think that there are so few practitioners of action movies these days who are doing worthwhile stuff that it behooves me to try to weigh in and try to do the ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’-type stuff, to try to recapture the magic. When I stood in line for a summer movie when I was coming up at eighteen, nineteen, twenty years old, I stood in line for two and a half, three hours and you got the goods! They delivered! And if they didn’t, you went outside and said, ‘Arg, Indiana Jones 2 wasn’t that good, I stood in line for three hours!’ Now, you don’t know what you’re getting!
There’s just, I think, a decrease in the quality of these types of comic book action movies, and so it’s almost irresistible, sometimes, to try and shore that up a little, or weigh in at least with my opinion about what’s wrong and how it should be…I do want to do ‘Doc Savage.’ The script is still evolving and I’m kind of busy, but I want to get it right and I want to do it.”
Interesting, but can he actually do it? It’s pretty damn easy to stand up say Hollywood turns out craptastic adaptations these days. Yes, I will fully agree, Raiders is one of the greatest movies ever, still holds up amazingly. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was essentially borne from the same minds and it was so incredibly bad I had to kill a drifter to just feel normal again… I probably shouldn’t have wrote that on the internet.
I’d say let him try and hope he does. If you don’t know who Doc Savage is, he is the original self made bad ass. Scientist, explorer, adventurer, inventor, physician and researcher. Doc is also a master of disguise and an excellent imitator of voices. I bet he smells real nice and always calls his mom on her birthday.
Source: Geek Tyrant
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