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'Iron Man 3' Helmer Shane Black Attached to Pen and Direct 'Doc Savage'

May 8, 2013, 7:10 am GMT

Having eyed it as his next project, Black is now confirmed to take charge of the film about Henry W. Ralston and John L. Nanovic's creation for Sony Pictures.

Shane Black

A legendary hero in 1930s and 1940s pulp magazines will soon jump into actions on big screen. Sony Pictures has chosen Shane Black, the man behind the lens for Marvel's commercially successful "Iron Man 3", to work on "Doc Savage" not only as a director, but also as a co-writer alongside Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry.

"We couldn't be more excited to be building a franchise from the ground up with Shane and this team," said Columbia production president Hannah Minghella. "Shane and Neal [Neal H. Moritz] have a fantastic understanding of the character and a great take on the material and we can't wait to get this production up and running."

Neal serves as a producer for the project alongside Ori Murmur and Michael Uslan. Sam Dickerman and Lauren Abrahams are on board to oversee the film for the studio with Minghella. No start date has been set yet.

The legendary superhuman is a fictional character created by publisher Henry W. Ralston and editor John L. Nanovic. Also known as The Man of Bronze, Savage is a skilled scientist, physician, adventurer, inventor, explorer and researcher. With outstanding strength, a photographic memory and high intelligence, he fights evil.

Producer and director George Pal first made a big-screen adaptation of it titled "Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze" in 1975. Starring Ron Ely as the titular character, the film, however, did poorly at the box office.

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