“Iron Man 3” and “Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang” writer/director Shane Black has closed a deal to co-write and direct a film based on the classic pulp hero “Doc Savage” for Sony Pictures.
Black began work on a screenplay back in 2009 with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry. He decided to direct back in 2010 once he finished work on a third “Iron Man”.
With that film headed towards $1 billion at the global box office, Black is renewing his commitment to the project which Neal H. Moritz, Ori Marmur and Michael Usland will produce.
The character, an adventurer with near-superhuman skills and intelligence, was originally published in 1930’s pulp magazines.
Black has previously said that the story will be written for that time period and will include the Fabulous Five (five recurring companions who each appeared in different books).
Sony aims to make the project a potential franchise launcher.
Source: Heat Vision