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Shane Black says he is back to work on his Doc Savage movie and it may be his next film

Apr. 25, 2013by: Alex Maidy

With IRON MAN 3 already looking like a guaranteed blockbuster, director Shane Black will now have a blank check to pursue projects he had difficulty getting off the ground before. One of those is the long in development movie of the old DOC SAVAGE pulp novels and radio dramas. The last we heard of Black's attempt to film DOC SAVAGE was way back in 2010. But, during press for IRON MAN 3, he told Collider this:

Well Doc Savage is proceeding on pace. I mean weve got to try to set a deal now to go back into that, so as Iron Man wound down I sort of reconnected with Sony who have been gracious to say, Well wait a year and sit on these rights until youre finished with this other picture that we dont control. So they were really cool about it, they were really nice. So yeah Im back on it.

Producer Neal Moritz also said that Black is 100% still writing and directing DOC SAVAGE and they are trying to make it his next movie. For those unfamiliar with DOC SAVAGE, here is how the character was described by writer Lester Dent:

"He rights wrongs and punishes evildoers." Dent described the hero as a mix of Sherlock Holmes' deductive abilities, Tarzan's outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy's scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln's goodness."

DOC SAVAGE is one of the few remaining characters from the pulp era of comics and novels who has not gotten a big screen treatment in recent years. His last big screen outing was a b-movie from 1975 starring Ron Ely. But, if you look back at those that have, not many have fared too well at the box office. THE SHADOW and JOHN CARTER are a couple that never materialized into franchises. While INDIANA JONES and THE ROCKETEER are influenced by the genre, both were contemporary creations. Doc Savage has the potential to be huge, especially if handled by a writer as adept as Shane Black.

Extra Tidbit: Who should play Doc Savage?
Source: Collider

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2:06AM on 04/29/2013

Transport Me to This Blockbuster

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4:08AM on 04/27/2013

Channing Tatum

Just because he looks the part. I like the Chris Hemsworth idea too. Is there a supporting part for Bill Hader? He's so good at retro characters.
Just because he looks the part. I like the Chris Hemsworth idea too. Is there a supporting part for Bill Hader? He's so good at retro characters.
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10:33PM on 04/25/2013
Reminds me of when Favs took his Ironman success and made Cowboys and Aliens, originally Downey was attached to star in that movie, wonder if we'll hear his name thrown around for this?
Reminds me of when Favs took his Ironman success and made Cowboys and Aliens, originally Downey was attached to star in that movie, wonder if we'll hear his name thrown around for this?
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9:51PM on 04/25/2013
Re extra tidbit: Guy Pearce perhaps, having just worked with Shane Black on Iron Man 3. This would be really fun if it comes to fruition! An old-school pulp adventure with Shane Black at the helm. Good stuff.
Re extra tidbit: Guy Pearce perhaps, having just worked with Shane Black on Iron Man 3. This would be really fun if it comes to fruition! An old-school pulp adventure with Shane Black at the helm. Good stuff.
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9:30PM on 04/25/2013

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9:19PM on 04/25/2013

Thrilled to hear it

Doc Savage has loyal fanbase, but the character isn't too well known these days by the general public, which is a shame. He was the original superhero, a globe-trotting adventurer whose mind and body were trained to near superhuman levels since his infancy by experts in every field for one purpose: to fight evil. He was featured in two-fisted pulp tales where he took on supervillains, mad scientists, and would-be world conquerers. He came 5 years before Batman and Superman, and his influence
Doc Savage has loyal fanbase, but the character isn't too well known these days by the general public, which is a shame. He was the original superhero, a globe-trotting adventurer whose mind and body were trained to near superhuman levels since his infancy by experts in every field for one purpose: to fight evil. He was featured in two-fisted pulp tales where he took on supervillains, mad scientists, and would-be world conquerers. He came 5 years before Batman and Superman, and his influence on these characters is well known. This could be a great film franchise if it's marketed right (e.g., unlike John Carter).
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8:06PM on 04/25/2013
Sounds fantastic.
Could easily start a trend for pulp hero films.
Maybe even a Rocketeer done right (WITH Betty)
Sounds fantastic.
Could easily start a trend for pulp hero films.
Maybe even a Rocketeer done right (WITH Betty)
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7:05PM on 04/25/2013

Reading that character synopsis...

Doc Savage sounds pretty much like Jack Reacher. Is he a crack shot as well?
Doc Savage sounds pretty much like Jack Reacher. Is he a crack shot as well?
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4:16PM on 04/25/2013
Sounds fun!
Sounds fun!
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3:34PM on 04/25/2013

Shane

I love Shane's work, and I will cheer on anything he does. I assumed this would be his next project, but if it were up to me as to what he should use the pull acquired from his certain mega success with IRON MAN 3 to do....

...I'd say he should make COLD WARRIOR with Mel Gibson as he planned to do back in 2009. I loved that script.
I love Shane's work, and I will cheer on anything he does. I assumed this would be his next project, but if it were up to me as to what he should use the pull acquired from his certain mega success with IRON MAN 3 to do....

...I'd say he should make COLD WARRIOR with Mel Gibson as he planned to do back in 2009. I loved that script.
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3:23PM on 04/25/2013
Shane Black can make whatever he wants. Especially after Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3.
Shane Black can make whatever he wants. Especially after Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3.
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4:39PM on 04/25/2013
what? You didn't recomment Josh Holloway to play Doc Savage?
what? You didn't recomment Josh Holloway to play Doc Savage?
3:14PM on 04/25/2013
Shit, I remember when this was going to be an Arnie movie. Shane Black is the perfect director for this.
Shit, I remember when this was going to be an Arnie movie. Shane Black is the perfect director for this.
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