Flying high with the success of Iron Man 3, writer/director Shane Black can now choose any job he wants. It appears he’s parlaying that power into a project he’s tangled with before, locking in a fresh deal to co-write and direct a film based on Doc Savage for Sony.
Back in early 2010, Black was brought in by Star Trek writers-turned-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to take on a script for Savage based on the pulp comics character from the 1930s and 40s. He worked up a draft with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, based on Lester Dent’s novels featuring the character. Then things went quiet, especially when Marvel came calling and Black got the Iron Man gig. Now it seems he’s back on board, and may well make Savage his next directing job.
Raised from birth by scientists to be the perfect hero, Savage boasted a staggering number of skill-sets, including scientist, inventor, physician and explorer. The character’s stories are chronicled in nearly 200 novels and across radio, film and TV.
Fast & Furious producer Neal Moritz is on board to oversee the movie, which will next move on to the important task of finding someone to play the Doc in what everyone hopes will be a franchise…
If you’ve seen and enjoyed Black’s most recent work, why not point your ears at our Iron Man 3 Spoiler Podcast, which includes the director and his co-writer Drew Pearce talking up the movie’s secrets?