Hot on the heels of his most recent movie breaking box office records this past weekend, Iron Man 3 director Shane Black already has his next superhero job in the bag, switching from the Man of Iron, to the Man of Bronze.
Black has just inked a deal with Sony pictures to direct a movie featuring the classic pulp hero Doc Savage, a project for which he’s already co-written a screenplay with Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry.
The news comes by way of Deadline Hollywood, which reports that Neal H. Moritz and Ori Marmur are producing the movie through the latter’s Original Films production company, while Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad offered up some effusive praise for Black and Moritz’s team-up on the new movie:
“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.”
Fans of comic book superhero stories owe quite a bit to the influence Doc Savage stories had on the original creators of characters like Batman, Superman, and the rest. Savage’s adventures in the pulps of the 1930s and 1940s also served as inspiration for one of pop culture’s most iconic characters, Indiana Jones.
This wouldn’t be the first big-budget movie based on Doc Savage, but it stands a pretty good chance at being the best. That doesn’t have anything to do with Black’s abilities as a writer and director—though Iron Man 3 is proof enough of his talent. No, the last Doc Savage movie came out in 1975, and was, by all accounts, a steaming waste of celluloid. Let’s hope that the next movie based on the Man of Bronze fares better.
Source: Deadline Hollywood
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