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Doc Savage to return with Shane Black at the helm

Posted by LiveFor on February 23, 2010

Back in October last year I posted the story that the excellent Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Lethal Weapon) was writing a script for a new Doc Savage film from Columbia Pictures.

Now, according to Variety, Black is attached to direct the film from the screenplay he is writing with Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry.

One of the most popular characters in the pulps of the 1930s and ’40s, Doc Savage was also popularized on radio, film and TV. Trained since birth to be nearly superhuman in every way, Doc Savage uses his skills and powers to fight evil all over the world.

“Doc Savage is an icon, a character with limitless possibilities,” said Columbia co-president Matt Tolmach of the character, who is by turns a scientist, physician, adventurer, inventor, explorer and researcher. “We have had a great experience working with Neal to bring another classic character of the era, the Green Hornet, to a new generation of fans, and we think he and Shane make the ideal team to bring Doc Savage back to the bigscreen.”

Black, who was one of the highest-paid scribes of late ’80s and early ’90s when he wrote such screenplays as “Lethal Weapon” and “The Long Kiss Goodnight,” segued to directing in recent years. He made his helming debut with the Robert Downey Jr. starrer “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” (2005).

He’s also known for his vast collection of antique detective books and pulp fiction.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of the best films of the decade – I recommend you watch it if you haven’t already seen it – so we know Black can direct as well as write. He should hopefully make Doc Savage an incredible movie.

Who could play the Man of Bronze? Damian Lewis maybe?

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