Shane Black to direct DOC SAVAGE
One of the most popular pulp novels of the '30s and '40s is set to make a comeback on the big screen. The character of Doc Savage has enjoyed a long life through decades of appearing in books and comics, but not film. His last and only appearance on screen was in the 1975 movie, DOC SAVAGE: THE MAN OF BRONZE, which was a huge box office flop, but director Shane Black seems up to the challenge to bring Savage back.
Black is the perfect guy to direct DOC SAVAGE. Apart from being a collector of pulp fiction, his recent venture into directing with KISS KISS BANG BANG proved that he's got some major talent. For most of his career, Shane Black has been known as a writer, most famously penning the scripts for the LETHAL WEAPON movies. Though he'll also be writing the DOC SAVAGE screenplay, along with Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry, it's nice to see he's getting more opportunities to direct.
For those of you not familiar with the character, Wikipedia describes him as "a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and, as revealed in The Polar Treasure, a musician. A team of scientists assembled by his father deliberately trained his mind and body to near-superhuman abilities almost from birth, giving him great strength and endurance, a photographic memory, a mastery of the martial arts, and vast knowledge of the sciences. Doc is also a master of disguise and an excellent imitator of voices."