Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Columbia Pictures Announces Doc Savage Movie

From the Press Release:

Sony Pictures Options Rights to Doc Savage

Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, hero of pulp novels, films, and comic books, will return to the big screen; it was announced by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, Presidents of Columbia Pictures. Shane Black is adapting the screenplay with Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry, and Black is also attached to direct the film. Neal H. Moritz will produce through his Original Film banner.

One of the most popular characters of the pulps of the 1930s and 40s, Doc Savage was also popularized on radio, film and television. He is a scientist, physician, adventurer, inventor, explorer and researcher. He has been trained since birth to be nearly superhuman in every way, with outstanding strength, a photographic memory, and vast knowledge and intelligence. He uses his skills and powers to punish evil wherever in the world he finds it.

Matt said, "Doc Savage is an icon, a character with limitless possibilities. We have had a great experience working with Neal to bring another classic character of the era, The Green Hornet, to a new generation of fans, and we think he and Shane make the ideal team to bring Doc Savage back to the big screen."

"I've been looking for an excuse to work with Chuck and Anthony, who wrote one of my favorite spec scripts of the last decade, `Tick-Tock'," said Black. "In 'Doc Savage' we've found a project that all of us have loved since childhood."

Ori Marmur is overseeing for Original Film. Sam Dickerman will oversee for Columbia Pictures.

Born 1961 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Shane Black is considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre. Black made his mark upon graduating UCLA's Theatre program with his Lethal Weapon (1987) screenplay. In addition to collaborating on the sequel Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), he has also penned such projects as The Last Boy Scout and The Long Kiss Goodnight. As an actor, Black was the first to be eviscerated by The Predator (1987) and has appeared in As Good As It Gets, Robocop 3 and various other independent films. Black made his directorial debut with the action comedy-thriller Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

From Harry Knowles at ain'titcoolnews:
I know from talking with Shane this will be period, will have Doc's team, and is going to be a s#!t ton of fun.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Awesome. I am a big pulp fanatic and Doc Savage is at the top of my list in the genre. I have been hoping for quite some time that they would make a non-campy Savage film, partly just so my friends can know WTF I am talking about when I start ranting about performing brain surgery in bushes and beating the crap out of polar bears with my bare hands.