I’ve seen the rumors circulating around the web that Iron Man 3 director, Shane Black, is eying Doc Savage as his next film, and I’m not sure how to feel about that.
On the one hand, as much as I love Doc Savage, the character and universe are firmly set in the pre-nuclear age, and every recent attempt to tell a Doc Savage story with a modern twist has fallen flat. Even the Ron Ely/George Pal version in 1975 was lacking (mainly because of the studio than everything else), so I’m a little gun shy about reports of another Doc Savage project in the works.
On the other hand, Black did a great job with Iron Man 3, and I have no doubt he could work with the right actors to bring the Man of Bronze to life. And if he did get to do Doc Savage, the next logical film for him to follow up on would be Turok: Son of Stone…
The other bonus to this is that Michael Uslan is listed as one of the producers for Doc Savage, and as the man behind bringing Batman to the big screen, and serving as executive producer of every Batman movie since (even Batman and Robin), I have a more positive outlook on the project. Black has signed to co-write the script with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry.
Though the project has been kicked around H’wood since 2010, there is no scheduled release date, attached stars, budget numbers that have been thrown around.