By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
Columbia Pictures has been nabbing titles left and right. Feeling the momentum, the studio has decided to bring back Doc Savage to the big screen.
Columbia Bringing Back Doc Savage
I guess we can call it a remake, an adaptation... and possibly a reimagining? To give the character's return a solid kick start, Columbia Pictures has picked up Shane Black to direct the film off a screenplay he is working on with Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry.
One of the most popular characters in the pulps of the 1930s and '40s, Doc Savage was also popularized on radio, film and TV. Trained since birth to be nearly superhuman in every way, Doc Savage uses his skills and powers to fight evil all over the world.
"Doc Savage is an icon, a character with limitless possibilities," said Columbia co-president Matt Tolmach of the character, who is by turns a scientist, physician, adventurer, inventor, explorer and researcher. "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 bigscreen."
If you are trying to place Shane Black, start by smacking yourself, and then remember that it was he who wrote Lethal Weapon and directed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which brought back Robert Downey Jr.