In addition to the upcoming PREDATOR film, director Shane Black has also been attached to DOC SAVAGE, an adaptation of a series of pulp novels from the 1930s and 1940s. The books follow Clark Savage, Jr., an all-around Renaissance man and adventurer. It’s a name that likely doesn’t resonate with this current generation (it certainly doesn’t with me), but Shane Black has a good idea of who should be playing the decades-old hero: The Rock.
“DOC SAVAGE is sort of in the ether now,” Black told Thrillist. “We’re hoping to make it sometime next year. I would very much like to do Doc with a fellow named Dwayne Johnson if we can make that work. I made a decision that Dwayne is the guy. It’s on the back burner while he’s busy.”
While I don’t have a lot of love for the character of Doc Savage, with the Rock leading the film, my interest is admittedly piqued. The Rock has more than proven his ability to lead a film–and even in the bad movies he’s been in, he’s pretty amazing. While I found SAN ANDREAS to be something of a disaster (no pun intended), he was still immensely watchable.
In addition to the Rock’s potential as a lead, DOC SAVAGE is also something moviegoers may have been hungry for without even knowing it. With the release of last year’s JURASSIC WORLD, it became immensely clear to me that viewers want a good old-fashioned adventure picture–which is something that’s been missing in Hollywood for some time now. With films like UNCHARTED and TOMB RAIDER still not quite ready for the go-ahead, perhaps DOC SAVAGE can fill a void. Sure, it may annoy some film fans that Hollywood is going back to yet another well for movie ideas, but let’s be real: not a lot of people have any idea who Doc Savage is.
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