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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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UPDATED: Doc Savage film to be written by Shane Black

Posted by LiveFor on October 24, 2009

docsavageDoc Savage is one of the great Pulp characters. The adventurer’s adventurer. He stars in numerours books and was played by Ron Eli on the big screen.

Now, according to AICN, Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Lethal Weapon, The Monster Squad) is writting a screenplay for a new film to be produced by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Fantastic news as Black is a superb screenwriter who writes amazing dialogue. Evenbetter they are keeping it in the 1930’s

A quick rundown via Wikipedia – Doc Savage’s real name was Clark Savage, Jr.. He was a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and, as revealed in The Devil Genghis, a musician. A team of scientists assembled by his father 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 rights wrongs and punishes evildoers.” Main writter, Lester Dent, described the hero as a mix of Sherlock Holmes’ deductive abilities, Tarzan’s outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy’s scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln’s goodness. Dent described Doc Savage as manifesting “Christliness.” Doc’s character and world-view is displayed in his oath, which goes as follows:

Let me strive every moment of my life to make myself better and better, to the best of my ability, that all may profit by it. Let me think of the right and lend all my assistance to those who need it, with no regard for anything but justice. Let me take what comes with a smile, without loss of courage. Let me be considerate of my country, of my fellow citizens and my associates in everything I say and do. Let me do right to all, and wrong no man.

He was helped out by the Fabulous Five:
* Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Blodgett “Monk” Mayfair, an industrial chemist. Monk got his nickname from his simian build, notably his long arms, and he was covered with red hair.
* Brigadier General Theodore Marley “Ham” Brooks, an accomplished attorney. Ham was considered one of the best-dressed men in the world, and as part of his attire, carried a sword cane whose blade is dipped in a fast-acting anesthetic.
* Colonel John “Renny” Renwick, a construction engineer. Renny was a giant of a man, with “fists like buckets of gristle and bone which no wooden door could withstand.” He usually had a gloomy expression, which deepened as he grew more happy.
* Major Thomas J. “Long Tom” Roberts, an electrical engineer. “Long Tom” got his nickname from using an antiquated cannon of that nick-name in the successful defense of a French village in World War I. Long Tom was a sickly-looking character, but fought like a wildcat.
* William Harper “Johnny” Littlejohn, an archaeologist and geologist. Johnny used “long words” (“I’ll be superamalgamated!” was a favourite saying). Johnny wore a monocle in early adventures (one eye having been blinded in World War I). Doc later performed corrective surgery that restored Johnny’s sight in that eye, but Johnny retained the monocle for use as a magnifying glass as well as a memento.

A Doc Savage archtype also appeared in Warren Ellis’ Planetary.

Now the question I put to you is who could play Doc Savage and the Fabulous Five?

UPDATE: The Doc Savage film is actually being produced by Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur

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