Shane Black will Direct Doc Savage

Shane Black, previously reported to be writing a new Doc Savage film, has now been confirmed to also be directing the movie.

Black is co-writing the script for the new film about Savage, a hero previously seen in pulp novels, comic books (including a new series from DC Comics) and film, with writers Anthony Bargarozzi and Chuck Mondry.

The character, also known as the Man of Bronze, was the pinnacle of human perfection — trained since birth to be a quasi-superhuman crime-fighter.

Black, in addition to writing the screenplays for Lethal Weapon and The Long Kiss Goodnight, wrote and directed the Robert Downey Jr film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2005.

The Pulse: Color me excited.

Although I can’t say I’m completely familiar with the Doc Savage character (although I did read and love comic book writer Alan Moore’s homage to the character, Tom Strong), I will gladly watch anything Shane Black attaches his name to.

As a brief side note, I was lucky enough to attend a Monster Squad reunion screening last month in Austin at the Alamo Drafthouse. At the screening, the film’s director Fred Dekker and co-writer Black mentioned that they have an idea for a Monster Squad sequel that they unfortunately felt would never get funding from a major studio. Their pitch for Monster Squad 2 would see all the kids back as adults — broken and depressed but still obsessed with fighting monsters, even if they only encountered the supernatural that one time as depicted in the original movie. Sounds like The Wrestler meets Mystery Team. I’d watch it.

Back to Doc Savage, I remember hearing for what seems like the last 20 years that Arnold Schwarzenegger was going to star in a Doc Savage film. With his age and political aspirations being what they are, I doubt Arnold will still be available for the film. Who do you think would make a good Doc Savage? Could this be the chance for The Rock to finally make another kick-ass action flick?

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