After 'Iron Man 3' Shane Black Takes 'Doc Savage' Novel Adaptation

May 7, 2013

Doc Savage

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.

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Yes please.

Xerxexx on May 7, 2013


I want to see the Death Note adaptation that will be interesting. Yes I know there were already 3 movies in japan, but an Americanized version will be interesting.

Fidel Reyes on May 7, 2013


Who has the pecs bronze enough to play the Doc though?

lewinston on May 7, 2013


Tom Hardy or Joel Edgerton.

Xerxexx on May 7, 2013


MMA style Doc Savage for a new generation?

lewinston on May 7, 2013


Nah, Edgerton and Hardy have muscles and acting range...Warrior is a fantastic film...both Hardy and Edgerton gave powerhouse performances...Doc Savage will be portrayed perfectly by either one of these men.

Xerxexx on May 7, 2013


... that said... anyone else noticing the rise of the "triangle choke" in every new action movie lately?

lewinston on May 7, 2013



Xerxexx on May 8, 2013


I'd like to see Black give Jean-Claude Van Damme a shot with this character. JCVD has already expressed interest. This could be a major casting coup just like when Favreau cast Robert Downey Jr. as "Iron Man"; and even when Aronofsky cast Mickey Rourke in, "The Wrestler". These guys are from the 80s and were written off by studios, producers, etc. If these guys found success on the big screen again, so can JCVD. He's long overdue! Marvel Studios can make this work!! JCVD deserves a shot with a good script!

Spider on May 8, 2013


LucasFilm also failed to mention that the VFX work will be done in London and not at ILM. They've already started to layoff the staff in San Francisco and telling them if they want to work on the new Star Wars films, they'll have to quit and move to London. They failed to tell them they need to apply at whatever VFX House gets awarded the project. But alas, the tax breaks are only viable if you hire the locals. That is not inspired like the original Star Wars films now is it?

VFX Soldier 1138 on May 11, 2013

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