Looks like “Iron Man 3″ director Shane Black is sticking with the world of superheroes for now.
Sony announced today that Black will co-write and direct “Doc Savage,” a new film based on the popular pulp hero from the 1930s and ’40s.
First introduced in 1933, Clark Savage Jr. was a physician, scientist, inventor and adventurer who had great strength, a photographic memory and was skilled in martial arts. The character has appeared in comics and on radio and other media — he’s had a movie as well, 1975′s “Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze,” starring Ron Ely.
Black, who co-wrote the “Doc Savage” screenplay with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, told Hero Complex last month that he would be interested in following “Iron Man 3″ with “an adventure picture,” and “Doc Savage” certainly fits the bill.
“I’m more interested in things that obsess me, things that catch my attention and ignite any kind of passion I have,” Black, 51, said. “Working is when I’m most comfortable. I have to be working on something I love.”
“Iron Man 3″ is the first film that Black has directed since 2005′s noir-inflected caper “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.” In its North American debut, the third Tony Stark movie from Disney’s Marvel Studios enjoyed the second-best opening in box-office history, grossing an estimated $175.3 million in its first weekend, Disney said Sunday.
– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex
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