Columbia Pictures to Revive ‘Doc Savage’ as a Film Franchise!

0 are reporting that Columbia Pictures is set to bring pulp magazine star Doc Savage to the big screen.

Shane Black is set to direct the film, based on a screenplay that he is writing with Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry. The film will be produced by Neal Moritz, through his Sony-based ‘Original Film’ banner.

Doc Savage first appeared in Doc Savage Magazine, which was printed by Street and Smith Publications from March 1933 to the summer of 1949. He went on to star in his own series of novels, a radio show, and a 1975 movie titled Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze. The character has recently returned to comics, in the pages of Brian Azzerello’s First Wave pulp revival project, which is being published by DC Comics.

Doc Savage is the alter-ego of Clark Savage, Jr., a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and, 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.

Columbia co-president Matt Tolmach says of the character:

“Doc Savage is an icon, a character with limitless possibilities. We have had a great experience working with Neal to bring another classic character of the era, the Green Hornet, to a new generation of fans, and we think he and Shane make the ideal team to bring Doc Savage back to the bigscreen.”

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