The Rock will be Doc Savage for Shane Black!


The Rock will be Doc Savage for Shane Black!

Lethal Weapon writer Shane Black has a new movie out called The Nice Guys and it's a typically hilarious buddy movie from the director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

The filmmaker also has a new franchise film called The Predator in the works (he wrote the original folks) and has been muttering about another project for years. He's had a yearning to bring Doc Savage to the big screeen, and it looks like its finally happening - and with the perfect central casting too.

The Rock has announced that he's working with Black on his Instagram. Which is all kinds of awesome.

It's OFFICIAL: For all comic book fans you already know the world's first superhero (pre-dating Superman) is the "Man of Bronze" himself Clark "Doc" Savage. Want to thank my bud director/writer Shane Black and his writing team Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry for flying in from LA and sitting with me and our @sevenbucksprod's producer @hhgarcia41 on this Memorial Day weekend to 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. Doc was physically and mentally trained from birth by his father and a team of scientists to become the perfect human specimen with a genius level intellect. His heightened senses are beyond comprehension. He can even identify a women's perfume from half a mile away. He is literally the master of everything. But here's the #1 reason I'm excited to become Doc Savage.. HE'S A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO! Confidently, yet innocently he has zero social graces whatsoever due to his upbringing so every interaction he has with someone is direct, odd, often uncomfortable and amazingly hilarious. After speaking for hours w/ Shane Black I can see why the creator of Superman took only the best parts of Doc Savage and leaving the "weirdo" part behind. But to us, it's that "weirdo" part that makes Clark "Doc" Savage dope! Can't wait to sink my teeth into this one of a kind character. #ItsOfficial #WorldsFirstSuperhero #GeniusIntellect #PhysicalSpecimen #FnLoveableWeirdo #ManOfBronze #DocSavage

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As usual, Senor Rock has a lot to say about the project, including making Savage out to be Superman before there was a Superman. The character has certainly been influential and he's the perfect actor to embody that kind of role. It's also going to be really interesting to see how that 'weirdness' is dealt with on the big screen, particularly as this is likely to a big budget film and one that's for a family audience.

After several years out of the spotlight its great to see Black picking up so many projects and managing to mix smaller and bigger films, he might finally get the attention he deserves as a filmmaker. And Dwayne Johnson just can't be stopped, with appearances in Central Intelligence, Moana and Baywatch already set for this year and a slew of titles on the way including Fast 8, San Andreas 2, Jumanji, Journey 3 and Shazam!

Doc Savage will likely release in 2018.

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