Still riding high from the colossal success of Iron-Man 3, Shane Black has decided to follow up his mega-hit by moving from a man of Iron to a man of Bronze. Black will be helming another page-to-screen super hero adventure, since he has signed on to film a Doc Savage movie. Doc Savage was a popular hero who debuted in the old pulp magazines in the 1930s and 40s, as well as in a series of ‘Doc Savage: Science Detective’ novels, written by Lester Dent. He has also appeared in comic books, a radio show and in a 1975 film titled Doc Savage: Man of Bronze, starring Ron Ely as the eponymous hero. Black’s film will reintroduce the hero to a new generation of fans.
The Doc Savage tales are about Dr. Clark Savage–a man who was brought up by his father and a group of Think-Tank genius’ to be the perfect human being, mentally and physically. He was described by author Dent as having, “Einstein’s genius, Sherlock Holmes’ deductive abilities, Tarzan’s outstanding physical abilities, and Abraham Lincoln’s moral goodness.” He is a doctor, scientist, inventor, explorer and martial arts expert. Savage is independently wealthy, due to his gold mine in South America. Headquartered in the Empire State Building, Savage works with his quintet of sidekicks, known as the ‘Fabulous 5’ (each one a genius in his own rite) to “right wrongs and punish evil-doers”. (He also has an unexplained Bronze-colored tan, hence his nickname, the “Man of Bronze”.)
The film will be produced by Sony Pictures. Their president of production, Hannah Minghella, said in a statement, “We couldn’t be more excited to be building a franchise from the ground up with Shane and this team. Shane and [producer] Neal [H. Moritz] 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,”
The script is currently being written by Shane Black and Anthony Bagarozzi.
No word on when casting or filming will begin has yet been announced.