Every week it seems that the ridiculously busy Dwayne Johnson is appearing in a new movie, though there’s rumours about him possibly playing Doc Savage for some time. Doc Savage you say? He’s a character who was extremely popular in the 1930’s and 40’s and has appeared in nearly 200 novels and productions for radio, TV and film. I vaguely remember seeing the 1975 film many years ago, though don’t remember much about it. Raised from birth by scientists to be the perfect hero, Savage apparently boasts a staggering number of skills, including scientist, inventor, physician and explorer. Small wonder that in today’s superhero-dominated climate it’s been decided to revive the character, though this project has actually been in the planning since 2009. What’s good news is that Shane Black is directing and co-writing the screenplay with Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry. Hopefully this film will feel more like it’s from the pen of Black than his fun but unremarkable Iron Man movie.
Johnson has just posted a picture on Instagram of Black, Bagarozzi and Mondry sitting with Johnson and production partner Hiram Garcia to, in The Rock’s words:
“Chop up creative and break story on this very cool project. Comic book fans around the world know that the cool thing about ‘Doc’ Savage is that he’s the inspiration for Superman. First name Clark, called “Man of Bronze”, retreats to his ‘Fortress of Solitude’ in the Arctic etc etc.” Plus there this: “Here’s the #1 reason I’m excited to become Doc Savage.. HE’S A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO!”