Shane Black tapped by Sony to direct Doc Savage

Set to bring pulp hero to the big screen

Having steered Iron Man 3 to the second biggest opening weekend in US box office history, it was never going to take long for Shane Black’s voicemail to start filling up with significant new offers.

He doesn’t seem to have wasted much time in sorting the wheat from the chaff either, with reports claiming that Black’s next project will be Sony’s forthcoming adaptation of Doc Savage.

The eponymous hero of a series of pulp novels from the ‘30s and ‘40s, Doc Savage is oft described as a kind of mash-up of Sherlock Holmes and Tarzan, what with his incredible detective skills and awesome physical prowess. Given the character's rich history in print, radio and film, there's certainly franchise potential here.

The Doc is a scientist, physician, adventurer, inventor, explorer and researcher, and uses his considerable clout to thwart evil wherever he finds it. Pretty sound chap, all told...

“We couldn’t be more excited to be building a franchise from the ground up with Shane and this team,” said Columbia Head of Production Hannah Minghella. “Shane and Neal (H. Moritz) have a fantastic understanding of the character and a great take on the material and we can’t wait to get this production up and running.”

Given the character’s pulpy background, and the considerable scope for a tongue-in-cheek approach to the script, we can see why this one might have tickled Black’s fancy. As for who might take the lead role, let the speculation start below...

Who do you think should play the Doc? Tell us, below!


    • dangoodfellow

      May 8th 2013, 9:11

      Brilliant! i loved the old tongue in cheek 70s movie, and don't give enough of a s*** about the original stories and character to get riled up at any casting/plotline/characterisation outrages along the way. that makes a nice change

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    • jaykays hat

      May 8th 2013, 11:40

      After what he did to Iron Man 3, I wouldn't let Shane Black direct traffic.

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    • Ali1748

      May 8th 2013, 17:17

      I agree with jaykay.

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    • FBJLesCamela

      May 11th 2013, 15:49

      Loved IRON MAN 3. It was cool seeing Tony Stark have to use his genius and creativity to get out of trouble and take down the bad guys. Also, the twist was awesome. That said, the most exciting thing to me about IM3's success is that now Black will get to make DOC SAVAGE. In my opinion the best approach would be to cast an up and coming star in the role of Doc and perhaps some bigger names in the supporting roles of his team. I think either Charlie Hunnam of SONS OF ANARCHY or Chris Hemsworth of THOR could play Doc very well. Haven't thought about who to play the Fabulous Five yet.

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