Shane Black Writing a Doc Savage Script for Kurtzman/Orci
Anyone a big fan of the 1930's pulp comics character Doc Savage created by Henry W. Ralston? According to Ain't It Cool News, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang screenwriter Shane Black will be writing a Doc Savage script for Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Eagle Eye, Star Trek) to produce. Harry Knowles ran into Shane at a party recently in Austin and was told by Black that "he is preparing to write the script." Apparently a Doc Savage movie has been in development for a long time without much real progress, but with Black on-board working on a new screenplay, and with Kurtzman/Orci producing, it may actually get somewhere this time.
Harry also asked Black if they were modernizing the character. Shane's response was that "the character can not be separated from the 30s." He also added that, "he has decided that Doc needs to have his Fabulous Five. It will be an original Doc Savage story that attempts to encapsulate the feeling of the whole collection of Lester Dent's work. At one point nearly three years ago, we wrote that Sam Raimi was looking to bring back Doc Savage in a pulp adaptation that would also include The Shadow and The Avenger in one movie. My guess is that that fell apart and the rights somehow ended up in the hands of Kurtzman/Orci to produce.
In the pulp mags, Doc Savage was a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and, as revealed in The Devil Genghis, a musician. A team of scientists assembled by his father deliberately trained his mind and body to near-superhuman abilities almost from birth, giving him great strength and endurance, a photographic memory, a mastery of the martial arts, and vast knowledge of the sciences. Doc is also a master of disguise and an excellent imitator of voices. As long as they keep this story set in the 1930's, I'd love to see a big budget Doc Savage movie get made. Hopefully we'll get official confirmation soon.
Big Update: Harry Knowles just posted a correction on AICN, saying that he completely misheard Shane regarding who was producing. Kurtzman and Orci are not producing and are not involved, instead, it's Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur from Original Film that are producing for Sony Pictures. That's the only update he provides, although he also mentions that he hopes they're not considering Vin Diesel for the lead role. Moritz and Marmur are currently producing Battle: Los Angeles and also have The Green Hornet as well. I definitely trust that they'll do a good job bringing Doc Savage to big screen. We'll keep you updated!