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Shane Black set to direct and co-write Doc Savage flick

May. 7, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Hey Shane Black, how you enjoying the success of IRON MAN 3 thus far? Obviously it's paying off since the director just wrapped a deal to direct and co-write a Doc Savage flick.

Some of you may be familiar with the character who is like a super intelligent Brock Sampson who can do almost anything. Well, he doesn't rock a mullet. Savage has been in several different mediums: pulp, film, television, and radio. I think it will be interesting to see the direction that they take the character. Black is actually kind of perfect for this project, and I can only hope that they cast someone that will go all out for this role.

Check out the press release below:

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.

Source: Sony

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6:52PM on 05/07/2013
I hope it's as shitty as Iron Man 3!
I hope it's as shitty as Iron Man 3!
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7:21PM on 05/07/2013
Marvel is laughing in your face.
Marvel is laughing in your face.
7:12PM on 05/07/2013
Doc Savage will probably turn out to not be Doc Savage after all. There will be a neat little twist that everyone will love. I mean, the Iron Man 3 twist was brilliant, and everyone loved it.
Doc Savage will probably turn out to not be Doc Savage after all. There will be a neat little twist that everyone will love. I mean, the Iron Man 3 twist was brilliant, and everyone loved it.
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9:00PM on 05/07/2013
What does that even mean asking people to get over themselves? Do you think everyone who is voicing their displeasure with IM3 is hung up on their egos?
What does that even mean asking people to get over themselves? Do you think everyone who is voicing their displeasure with IM3 is hung up on their egos?
8:26PM on 05/07/2013
Thank you. The twist wasn't the reason I didn't enjoy it. I was just making a joke about it on here. I just didn't enjoy it Iron Man 3. Pretty much all of it, except for the funny one-liners.
Thank you. The twist wasn't the reason I didn't enjoy it. I was just making a joke about it on here. I just didn't enjoy it Iron Man 3. Pretty much all of it, except for the funny one-liners.
8:14PM on 05/07/2013
Alright, maybe I was a little too harsh. I apologize. I just wish people would just get over themselves.
Alright, maybe I was a little too harsh. I apologize. I just wish people would just get over themselves.
7:58PM on 05/07/2013
"Are you still feeling butt hurt?"...No, it's just called expressing an opinion. You asking me that would be like me asking you, "Are you still feeling orgasmic from how much you enjoyed it?"...But you're just expressing your opinion, and not once have I got upset with you or anyone about that, telling them that they need to stop expressing it.
"Are you still feeling butt hurt?"...No, it's just called expressing an opinion. You asking me that would be like me asking you, "Are you still feeling orgasmic from how much you enjoyed it?"...But you're just expressing your opinion, and not once have I got upset with you or anyone about that, telling them that they need to stop expressing it.
7:20PM on 05/07/2013
Are you still feeling butt hurt? Haters need to get over themselves already. I thought the twist was great and made the movie that much better.
Are you still feeling butt hurt? Haters need to get over themselves already. I thought the twist was great and made the movie that much better.
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7:15PM on 05/07/2013
Theres nothing ever wrong with more Doc Savage!! Id love to see shane blacks take on it.
Theres nothing ever wrong with more Doc Savage!! Id love to see shane blacks take on it.
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7:17PM on 05/07/2013
After Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 this man can do whatever he wants. I hope he blows up with alot of films now after the success of Iron Man 3.
After Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 this man can do whatever he wants. I hope he blows up with alot of films now after the success of Iron Man 3.
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7:18PM on 05/07/2013
Fuuuuuuuuuck.
Fuuuuuuuuuck.
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7:20PM on 05/07/2013
I'm not familiar with Doc Savage but I'm always down for old school characters visioned by talented old school filmmakers. BTW, whats with all the IM3 hate? Haven't seen it yet but...really?
I'm not familiar with Doc Savage but I'm always down for old school characters visioned by talented old school filmmakers. BTW, whats with all the IM3 hate? Haven't seen it yet but...really?
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7:55PM on 05/07/2013
Hopefully you haven't read any spoiler on the Internet, DougPlumpkin. You've got to see it for yourself.
Hopefully you haven't read any spoiler on the Internet, DougPlumpkin. You've got to see it for yourself.
7:55PM on 05/07/2013
It's easy to understand why this twist incited such a strong reaction. Whether or not you are among the ones who hate the twist depends on how seriously you take comic book movies and the faithfulness you require of adaptations. Within the internal logic of the movie and the franchise, I think the twist works, but those who expected one film and received another are rightfully disappointed. The advertising did deceive.
It's easy to understand why this twist incited such a strong reaction. Whether or not you are among the ones who hate the twist depends on how seriously you take comic book movies and the faithfulness you require of adaptations. Within the internal logic of the movie and the franchise, I think the twist works, but those who expected one film and received another are rightfully disappointed. The advertising did deceive.
7:31PM on 05/07/2013
It's not hate. Just massive disappointing . You won't be so miffed as to why when you finally see it.
It's not hate. Just massive disappointing . You won't be so miffed as to why when you finally see it.
7:57PM on 05/07/2013
Now I wanna know who will be Doc Savage. If this was made in the 90s, I'd go with Tom Berenger. But now? How about Daniel Craig?
Now I wanna know who will be Doc Savage. If this was made in the 90s, I'd go with Tom Berenger. But now? How about Daniel Craig?
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9:33PM on 05/07/2013
I was thinking Guy Pearce, but Hugh Jackman might also work in the role. Looking forward to this, Shane Black is very, very talented and I absolutely enjoyed Iron Man 3.
I was thinking Guy Pearce, but Hugh Jackman might also work in the role. Looking forward to this, Shane Black is very, very talented and I absolutely enjoyed Iron Man 3.
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9:58PM on 05/07/2013

Cool!

But Doc is supposed to be a big damn guy. I guess its right up Jackman's alley but I'd prefer to see Jason Momoa in something like this.
But Doc is supposed to be a big damn guy. I guess its right up Jackman's alley but I'd prefer to see Jason Momoa in something like this.
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10:13PM on 05/07/2013
Off the top of my head, I think Mathew Goode could fit in the role. He would need to buff up a bit. Since Doc Savage is supposed to be big and tall they'll probably cast Tom Cruise.
Off the top of my head, I think Mathew Goode could fit in the role. He would need to buff up a bit. Since Doc Savage is supposed to be big and tall they'll probably cast Tom Cruise.
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11:02PM on 05/07/2013

Cant Wait.

I think John Hamm could pull this off.
I think John Hamm could pull this off.
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11:20PM on 05/07/2013
So,this would be like Shane black's version of James Bond or Indiana Jones.sounds exciting.Enjoyed IM3 until the Mandarin twist.my choice for Doc Savage would be Hugh Jackman or Michael fassbender
So,this would be like Shane black's version of James Bond or Indiana Jones.sounds exciting.Enjoyed IM3 until the Mandarin twist.my choice for Doc Savage would be Hugh Jackman or Michael fassbender
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12:53AM on 05/08/2013
Hating on Shane Black? Are you KIDDING ME!?
Hating on Shane Black? Are you KIDDING ME!?
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4:12AM on 05/08/2013

Death Note

Although this project sounds cool, I would rather he got to work on Death Note.
Although this project sounds cool, I would rather he got to work on Death Note.
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