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Let him do right to all.

26 October 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Ain't it Cool

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Screenwriter and latterday director Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) went bowling with Harry Knowles over the weekend, and revealed that he's working on a Doc Savage script, for the ubiquitous producing duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

A Doc Savage project has long been in development hell; mooted as an Arnie vehicle a decade ago. A classic "adventurer", the character stems from the pulp magazines of the 30s and 40s. Described by principle writer Lester Dent as a cross between Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan and Abraham Lincoln, Clark Savage Jr was trained as a youth by a team of scientists who made him practically superhuman: the colour of his skin, eyes and hair lent him the alias The Man of Bronze. He appeared in getting on for 200 novels between 1933 and 1949 (not to mention a handful in the 1990s), plus comics, a radio series, and a camp low-budget George Pal movie in 1975.

According to Black, his script will be firmly set in the 30s, from which he believes Savage is "inseparable", and will be an original story that "attempts to encapsulate the feeling of the whole collection of Lester Dent's work". He'll also be including the Doc's backup team The Fabulous Five: a chemist, a lawyer, an archaeologist, a builder, and an electrician. There used to be a plumber, but he got fired.*

No details of possible cast or director yet, but with those producers and that writer, Doc Savage is suddenly a going concern.

*Not true.


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Shane Black writes the greatest dialogue. Please cast someone who can do justice to it! More

Posted by jw08062005 at 17:40 on 26 October 2009 | Report This Post

Don't know Doc Savage, but Black is pretty frakking awesome, so good news. More

Posted by Youshouldberunning at 15:38 on 26 October 2009 | Report This Post

The Rock for the Doc? More

Posted by Giles83 at 15:30 on 26 October 2009 | Report This Post

Savage yes
Loved the original Doc Savage so much. One of my earliest film memories was watching that (still waiting for a DVD release). Excited that Mr Black is involved in this reboot! More

Posted by Quolm at 14:06 on 26 October 2009 | Report This Post

Doc Savage: Man of Bronze
This is good news. I remember seeing the Ron Ely version as a kid. I got the joke and thought it was a great tongue-in-cheek action movie. The theme tune was terrific too: "(whistling) Doc Savage! Doc Savage!" If they keep that humour in, this could be very good indeed. More

Posted by BenTramer at 13:32 on 26 October 2009 | Report This Post

Anyone remember Ron Ely?
He used to be Tarzan in the US live action series and he played Doc Savage in the aforementioned 75 film. Brilliantly crap but strangely entertaining all at the same time. More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 10:33 on 26 October 2009 | Report This Post

Cold Warrior ?
I'm a big fan of Shane Black, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is one of my favourite films of recent years, I don't really like the sound of this latest project, I want to know what happend to "Cold Warrior " that was mentioned in this magazine a fair few months ago. More

Posted by benj 01 at 09:20 on 26 October 2009 | Report This Post

Black is back!
About time, especially when Kiss Kiss Bang Bang seems so long ago now! More

Posted by Mr Grizzly at 08:57 on 26 October 2009 | Report This Post

Black is back!
About time, especially when Kiss Kiss Bang Bang seems so long ago now! More

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Black is back!
About time, especially when Kiss Kiss Bang Bang seems so long ago now! More

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