‘Iron Man 3’ director Shane Black set to write and direct ‘Doc Savage’ film
Sony must have been impressed with Iron Man 3, because the studio raced out and locked down creator Shane Black to co-write and direct a new film based on the pulp novel hero Doc Savage.
Deadline confirmed the news May 7 saying that Black co-wrote the screenplay with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, and Columbia Pictures says he’s eyeing it as his next project.
Neal H. Moritz is producing the project with Ori Marmur through his Original Film banner. Michael Uslan will also be a producer.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be building a franchise from the ground up with Shane and this team”, said Columbia production president Hannah Hannah Minghella, who made the announcement today with Columbia president Doug Belgrad.
“Shane and Neal 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.”
Doc Savage was a popularized on radio, film and TV. He was a scientist, physician, adventurer, inventor, explorer and researcher with outstanding strength, a photographic memory, and vast knowledge and intelligence. He uses those skills and powers to fight evil.
Sam Dickerman and Lauren Abrahams are overseeing for the studio with Minghella.
Black, coming off the phenomenal worldwide opening of Disney/Marvel’s Iron Man 3, which was second all-time to last summer’s Avengers.