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The big news on Shane Black this week is that he'll be writing and helming the proposed Predator reboot. But buried among that polarizing news is word on another project that has long been a passion of the Iron Man 3 director.
At the tail-end of their Predator reboot update, THR reports Black is still continuing to developing Doc Savage, an action-adventure movie inspired by the 1930s pulp hero. Sony is committed to produce the project, and Black is aiming big for his leading man, talking with Thor's Chris Hemsworth for the tile role. As you can see from the pic above, Hemsworth is a pretty great likeness for the pulp hero. However, it's hard to guess when Doc Savage might make it into production. Presumably 20th Century Fox's Predator will take priority, as Sony seems in no rush to get Doc Savage going. For those unfamiliar, with this property, Doc Savage was originally an American pulp magazine published through the 1930s and '40s. Their story centered on Clark Savage, Jr. A true Renaissance man, Doc Savage was not only a physician and surgeon, but also a scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher and even a musician. Basically, any job he needed to have to spin off new adventures, he got it. He was essentially a superhero with martial arts fighting skills, a photographic memory, a great expanse of knowledge, masterful disguise abilities, and the power to impeccably imitate others' voices. Doc Savage co-creator Lester Dent surmises this impressive hero as a mix of Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, and Abraham Lincoln.
The character found new life in radio dramas, comic books, and film. In 1975, Doc Savage: Man of Bronze hit theaters. Directed by George Pal and starring Ron Ely, the good Doc failed to catch on.
You can get a glimpse of this goofy adventure in the trailer below:
We first got word of Shane Black's Doc Savage all the way back in 2009 when he announced he was drafting a script, and might direct it. The following year, Sony signed on with their Columbia Pictures branch. After the rousing box office success of Iron Man 3, Black was eager to make Doc Savage his follow-up.
However, Sony and Black are rumored to be battling over the budget for his action-adventure. Perhaps signing Marvel mega-star Chris Hemsworth would help prove to the studio that Doc Savage isn't as risky a venture as they think. In the meantime, Predator seems to have taken the pole position, meaning Doc Savage will have to wait once more.