It looks like there's still hope that one day we'll see a new Doc Savage movie. The name of that ray of new hope is Lethal Weapon screenwriter-turned-Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director Shane Black. He's just been attached to helm the Doc Savage movie that's set up at Columbia Pictures.
Producing is Fast and Furious frontman Neal H. Moritz from a script that Black is writing with Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry. "Doc Savage is a character with limitless possibilities," Matt Tolmach, Columbia's co-president, told Variety. "We have had a great experience working with Neal to bring another classic character from that 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 big screen."
Doc Savage made his debut in the pages of his own magazine in March 1933. Raised from his youth to be a world-class fighter, brilliant scientist, brave explorer, trained doctor and all-around bad-ass, Savage fought bad guys and ventured into the dark corners of the planet with nothing but his wits, his brawn and his buddies. Savage was a popular character during the golden age of pulps, then slowly he started to sink into the shadows as the popularity of superheroes began to rise in the 1960s. By the time the 1970s rolled around there was an attempt to bring the character back in a movie, Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze, which starred Ron Ely as the character. Throughout the 80s and 90s there were rumors that Arnold Schwarzenegger was interested in starring in a new Doc Savage movie. Sadly, that movie is only available in the Blockbusters of another parallel world.