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Hollywood Is Done Robbing the '80s -- Moving On to the '40s!

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 23, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 23, 2010 |

I won’t confess a familiarity with Doc Savage, a pulp character from one of those old-school magazine serials, published in the ’30s and ’40s (and reprinted in book form in the ’60s and beyond). According to Wikipedia: “He was a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and … a musician. A team of scientists assembled by his father deliberately trained his mind and body to near-superhuman abilities almost from birth, giving him great strength and endurance, a photographic memory, a mastery of the martial arts, and vast knowledge of the sciences. Doc is also a master of disguise and an excellent imitator of voices.”

So, an everyman, then? An average Joe?

Actually, he sounds like a goddamn character out of one of that trashy boner romances. Does he wear frilly shirts, and are there detailed descriptions of the vein in his member?

No worries, though: Shane Black is on the case. Never mind that a big-screen version of Doc Savage was attempted once, in 1975, and was a critical and box-office failure. Shane Black is on the case.

According to Variety, Shane Black has already penned the script with newbie co-writers Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry, and is set to direct as well. It will be his second directing effort, following Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Black also scripted the Lethal Weapon series, A Long Kiss Goodnight, The Last Boy Scout, and The Last Action Hero (we’ll forgive him for that last one, though I won’t forgive the many of you who somehow find value in that film).

The setting is expected to be kept in the ’30s. Doc Savage also further represents the fact that Hollywood may now be done scraping the barrel of the ’80s and have moved on to the earlier half of the 20th century (see also: The Green Hornet and The Lone Ranger movies in production and development, respectively).

Maybe they can get Fabio for the lead?

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