After 'Iron Man 3' Shane Black Takes 'Doc Savage' Novel Adaptation
by Ethan Anderton
May 7, 2013
It's been a few months since we heard about Sony bringing director Shane Black on to write and direct an adaptation of Doc Savage, based on the pulp fiction hero of the 30s and 40s. Black was locked to script the film with newcomers Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry back in 2010 and Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur, of Green Hornet and Battle: Los Angeles are producing the film which Deadline says will likely be Black's next movie. Expect Black to be quite busy over the next few years after his debut in blockbuster territory with Iron Man 3 pulled in the second highest box office opening ever with just over $174 million. Read on!
Doc Savage was created by Henry W. Ralston in 1933 and became a popular character in the pulp mags of the 1930s and 40s. He is a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, and researcher. A team of scientists 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. He uses his skills to fight evil all over the world.
Black is also linked to an adaptation of the manga series Death Note for Warner Bros., but it sounds like that won't be coming until after Doc Savage. Funnily enough, that project also has Black teaming up with Bagarozzi and Mondry for the script. Black had said, "It’s my favorite manga. I was just struck by its unique and brilliant sensibility. What we want to do is take it back to that manga, and make it closer to what is so complex and truthful about the spirituality of the story, versus taking the concept and trying to copy it as an American thriller." Maybe he can bring the same sensibilities to Doc Savage as well. Stay tuned.