“Dwayne Johnson is adding a new superhero to his résumé: Doc Savage.
The actor said on Monday that he would be teaming with director Shane Black to bring the pulpy action hero to life in a new film, which had been in development at Sony Pictures. Black is planning to tackle the project after a Predator reboot for Fox.
Johnson wrote on Monday that he had sat down with screenwriters Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry over the weekend “to chop up creative and break story on this very cool project.” Also, he noted, “the #1 reason I’m excited to become Doc Savage.. HE’S A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO!”
Shane Black, who helmed Iron Man 3 and wrote Lethal Weapon, just saw his Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling starrer The Nice Guys pick up positive notices from critics, although it has performed modestly at the U.S. box office since bowing May 20.
In 2013, Black was set to co-write and direct a Doc Savage adaptation after working on the script for several years. Sony had billed the title as a franchise starter. Johnson also will produce the pic through his Seven Bucks Productions banner along with Hiram Garcia. Neal H. Moritz (who worked with Johnson on some of the Fast & Furious movies), Ori Marmur and Michael Uslan also are producing. F.J. DeSanto is co-producing.
The superhero title is just the latest on Johnson’s busy slate. He is starring alongside Kevin Hart in action comedy Central Intelligence, set for a June 17 release. The actor also stars in the adaptation of Baywatch and the tentpole Fast 8 (both set to open next summer), has a San Andreas sequel in the works, and has signed on for the remake of Jumanji…”