News from over the weekend is that Shane Black says he’s currently preparing to write a script for a “Doc Savage” movie, based on the pulp novels of Lester Dent and created by Henry W. Ralston and John L. Nanovic back in the good ol days of the ’30s and ’40s. There was a live-action movie based on the novels in 1975 called “Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze” that I remember seeing, but the specifics of which escapes me, which probably means it wasn’t very memorable. Apparently that film wasn’t quite “true” to the original source material, which is something Black plans on correcting.
However, I did inquire if they were modernizing the character. I asked this with dread in my belly, and Shane passed the test by saying the character can not be separated from the 30s. This is correct. Right now, he is preparing to write the script. He has decided that Doc needs to have his Fabulous Five. It will be an original DOC SAVAGE story that attempts to encapsulate the feeling of the whole collection of Lester Dent’s work.
As I said, I don’t know much about Doc Savage or his Fabulous Five, but any movie with Shane Black’s name in the credits is a worthy watch in my opinion. The guy did write “Lethal Weapon” and got gutted by a Predator, after all.
The ubiquitous duo of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (“Star Trek”, “Transformers”) will be producing the movie, but then again, what isn’t these two guys producing nowadays in Hollywood?
AICN has corrected their article and now says Orci and Kurtzman aren’t producing “Doc Savage”. It’s actually producers Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur, who will be doing the work for Sony. Not that it matters, mind you. Producers-schmucers.