Shane Black and Producer Neal Moritz Talk DOC SAVAGE; Black Is “Back on It” with the Aim of It Being His Next Film

Posted April 24, 2013 by Rick in Movie News


Shane Black was the screenwriter for films such as Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout and The Monster Squad.  He also proved his directing skills by the magnificent 2005 gem Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.  A few years ago he signed on to write and direct a feature film iteration of the 1930s and 40s pul fiction hero Doc Savage, but his plans for that film were delayed when Marvel set their sights on Black out to take over the highly anticipated Iron Man 3. 

There was an interview with Shane Black and Neal Moritz and they provided updates on Doc Savage, saying the film is ready to roll with the goal of making it black’s next film.

If you don’t already know, Doc Savage character is like “a mix of Sherlock Holmes’ deductive abilities, Tarzan’s outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy’s scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln’s goodness.”  Black said that he’s still attached to the project:

“Well Doc Savage is proceeding on pace.  I mean we’ve got to try to set a deal now to go back into that, so as Iron Man wound down I sort of reconnected with Sony who have been gracious to say, ‘We’ll wait a year and sit on these rights until you’re finished with this other picture that we don’t control.’  So they were really cool about it, they were really nice.  So yeah I’m back on it.”

Producer Neal Moritz said that Black is “100%” still writing and directing Doc Savage, will must be the filmmmaker’s next project.  Black will be producing a variety of offers following the assured success of Iron Man 3, but the prospect of him taking on a 1930s action/adventure film with a hope that everything runs smoothly.

You can watch the interview here: