Shane Black is Writing the Doc Savage Movie

Doc Savage Comic BookNews 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.

Says AICN:

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?

Update:

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.

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    If his shirt doesn’t get shredded in the film it isn’t Doc Savage. But who should play the good Doctor? The top pic screams…wait for it…Sam Worthington LOL. I would actually rather Daniel Craig.

  • Dedpool

    If his shirt doesn’t get shredded in the film it isn’t Doc Savage. But who should play the good Doctor? The top pic screams…wait for it…Sam Worthington LOL. I would actually rather Daniel Craig.

  • Kimpatsu

    FYI, the 1975 movie starred Ron Ely (better known as Tarzan) as Doc, and his “brain trust”, The Fabulous Five: Monk (the chemist) with his pet pig Habeus Corpus, Long Tom (the electrician) dapper Ham (the lawyer), Rennie (the big-fisted engineer), and Johnny (the loquacious archaeologist). The actor who played Long Tom went on to play pompous chief of Police Dwayne T. Robinson in the first Die Hard movie. I loved this movie at the time, being too young to fathom its campiness. One error I do remember, however, was that during the epilogue, at Xmas, Doc is Xmas shopping, and a boy scout steps into the road to stop the traffic to allow an old lady to cross–and the cars coming from both directions are on the same side of the street (this scene being filmed in a studio).
    Anyway, I hope my witterings help jog your memory.

  • Kimpatsu

    FYI, the 1975 movie starred Ron Ely (better known as Tarzan) as Doc, and his “brain trust”, The Fabulous Five: Monk (the chemist) with his pet pig Habeus Corpus, Long Tom (the electrician) dapper Ham (the lawyer), Rennie (the big-fisted engineer), and Johnny (the loquacious archaeologist). The actor who played Long Tom went on to play pompous chief of Police Dwayne T. Robinson in the first Die Hard movie. I loved this movie at the time, being too young to fathom its campiness. One error I do remember, however, was that during the epilogue, at Xmas, Doc is Xmas shopping, and a boy scout steps into the road to stop the traffic to allow an old lady to cross–and the cars coming from both directions are on the same side of the street (this scene being filmed in a studio).
    Anyway, I hope my witterings help jog your memory.

  • Southernboyof6

    I read many of the Doc Savage novels published by Bantam Books in the 1970′s. I also saw the 1975 movie with Ron Ely as Doc, which was just a terrible movie.

    I think Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would make a good Doc Savage.

    Also, I think that if whoever is working on the movie would use the first Indiana Jones movie as a model in terms of trying to keep Doc Savage true to his era, then the new Doc Savage movie would be a big hit.

    A Big Doc Savage Fan