Doc Savage, a classic pulp novel and comic character born out of the 1930s, is coming to the big screen. For those who don’t know much about him, Savage, real name Clark Savage, is a “physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, a musician…and martial arts master.” He was born and raised to fight evil, fights monsters and secret cabals, has a secret hideout, and is somehow opposed to buttoning his shirt. Sort of a Buckaroo Banzai with bigger pecs, if you will.
The best part of the news is the players involved in the development are all aces. It’s being produced by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) and being written by none other than Shane Black, who has some seriously cool writing credits to his name (The Last Boyscout, Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight, as well as writing and directing the wonderful Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang). Black is of course also known as Hawkins in the original Predator (“The other day, I went up to my girlfriend, I said, “Y’know I’d like a little pussy”. She said, “Me too, mine’s as big as a house!”).
It’s set to be a period piece, adding to the new trend of throwback movies that are coming out, such as Downey’s Sherlock Holmes and the upcoming John Carter of Mars adaptation. Frankly, I’m all for this new trend — it’ll get us away from the modern, techno-villain stuff that’s everywhere these days. This will get far more interesting once they get into casting.
(h/t to Slashfilm .)