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'Iron Man 3' Director Shane Black Set to Direct Comic Book Adaptation 'Doc Savage'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! May 8, 2013 at 1:13PM

'Iron Man 3' writer/director Shane Black has a new project in the works. He has just closed a deal with Sony to direct "Doc Savage." Black co-wrote the screenplay with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry based on the hero of pulp novels, films and comic books who first appeared in 1933.
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Shane Black
Shane Black

Some things are worth waiting for.

As "Iron Man 3" breaks box office records around the world, writer/director Shane Black has a new project in the works. He has just closed a deal with Sony to direct passion project "Doc Savage," gestating since 2009. Black co-wrote the screenplay with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry based on the hero of pulp novels, films and comic books who first appeared in 1933.

Renaissance superhuman Doc Savage is a scientist, physician, adventurer, explorer, you name it, who fights crime and evil like Black's "Iron Man." Before "Iron Man 3," the "Lethal Weapon" screenwriter directed the 2005 private eye caper "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang."

Sam Dickerman and Lauren Abrahams are overseeing the title for Columbia Pictures along with production president Hannah Minghella.

This article is related to: Shane Black, IN THE WORKS, Iron Man 3, Sony


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.