Chris Hemsworth May Lead Shane Black's Pulp Action 'Doc Savage'
Last fall, a few months after Iron Man 3 hit theaters, director Shane Black was talking about the development of his pulp adventure adaptation Doc Savage. He's been linked to the project as far back as 2010, but it's taken awhile for the project to gain any traction. The film likely won't be his next project with The Nice Guys rounding up cast members, but Black hasn't forgotten about bringing the 1930s hero to the big screen. In fact, buried in the THR report yesterday about Black being attached to a reboot of Predator at Fox, there's mention that the director has met with Thor star Chris Hemsworth about the starring role.
For those who may not know, 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.
You might remember that when Black discussed Doc Savage last September, the interviewer discussing the project with him suggest Chris Hemsworth, to which the director said, "That's not a bad idea. What's he doing?" Now a meeting doesn't necessarily mean he's in talks, and Hemsworth's involvement certainly depends on what his Marvel schedule looks like over the next couple years, but this sounds like good casting to us. However, audiences didn't seem to buy into the retro adventures of John Carter, which deserve far more praise and far less panning, so we'll see if this kind of movie can work.