The Rock will team up with Shane Black for what could be a new franchise.
Black had talked about his version of Doc Savage for years, and was recently yapping about possibilities while doing press for his ace new flick, The Nice Guys. While Black will first direct the Predator reboot/sequel/fuck knows, Doc Savage will kick into gear after.
Doc Savage is an adventurer who became popular through a series of comics in the 30s and 40s and then later in novels.
Johnson has closed a deal to play Savage and will produce the film along with Fast and Furious exec, Neal H. Moritz.
It's OFFICIAL: For all comic book fans you already know the world's first superhero (pre-dating Superman) is the "Man of Bronze" himself Clark "Doc" Savage. Want to thank my bud director/writer Shane Black and his writing team Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry for flying in from LA and sitting with me and our @sevenbucksprod's producer @hhgarcia41 on this Memorial Day weekend to chop up creative and break story on this very cool project. Comic book fans around the world know that the cool thing about "Doc" Savage is that he's the inspiration for Superman. First name Clark, called "Man of Bronze", retreats to his "Fortress of Solitude" in the Arctic etc etc. Doc was physically and mentally trained from birth by his father and a team of scientists to become the perfect human specimen with a genius level intellect. His heightened senses are beyond comprehension. He can even identify a women's perfume from half a mile away. He is literally the master of everything. But here's the #1 reason I'm excited to become Doc Savage.. HE'S A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO! Confidently, yet innocently he has zero social graces whatsoever due to his upbringing so every interaction he has with someone is direct, odd, often uncomfortable and amazingly hilarious. After speaking for hours w/ Shane Black I can see why the creator of Superman took only the best parts of Doc Savage and leaving the "weirdo" part behind. But to us, it's that "weirdo" part that makes Clark "Doc" Savage dope! Can't wait to sink my teeth into this one of a kind character. #ItsOfficial #WorldsFirstSuperhero #GeniusIntellect #PhysicalSpecimen #FnLoveableWeirdo #DocSavage
Black is one of the best screenwriters in Hollywood and has been for some time. He's also an extremely promising director, with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys all scoring stellar reviews.