*Dwayne Johnson revealed Monday that he’ll team with director Shane Black to bring the pulp magazine character Doc Savage to the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project has been in development at Sony since 2013, when 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.
On social media Monday, Johnson wrote that he had met with screenwriters Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry over the weekend “to chop up creative and break story on this very cool project.”
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 #ManOfBronze #DocSavage
Johnson also will produce 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.
In the meantime, Johnson will arrive in theaters June 17 opposite Kevin Hart in the action comedy “Central Intelligence.” The actor also stars in the adaptation of “Baywatch” and next summer’s “Fast 8.” He also has a “San Andreas” sequel in the works and has signed on for the remake of “Jumanji.”