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Chris Hemsworth in Talks to Lead DOC SAVAGE; Directed by Shane Black

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 3:49 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Filmmaker Shane Black has been a large part of the moviemaking community of the last two decades, even if you didn’t know who he was before Iron Man 3.  He penned the screenplays for Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Last Action Hero, co-wrote The Monster Squad, and did uncredited rewrites on a number of other major projects (including Predator).  His noir-esque 2005 feature Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which he also directed, is pretty great, and after the success of Iron Man 3, people were clamoring for more, and wondered what his next project would be.  The pulp adaptation Doc Savage emerged as his likely Iron Man 3 follow-up, and the prospect of seeing Black tackle a hero story set in the 1930s was wildly enticing.

Movement on Doc Savage has been a bit slow in the past year, at least as far as we’ve heard, but now an update has surfaced doc-savage-cover-426x600with the news that Black has met with another Marvel cohort, Chris Hemsworth, about tackling the starring role in the film.  

Buried in THR’s report on the recent news that Black has become attached to co-write and direct a Predator reboot for Fox is a brief update on Doc Savage.  The report notes that the project is still a priority for Sony Pictures, but budgetary issues are making it unclear when it would actually shoot.  Regardless, THR notes that Black has met with Chris Hemsworth for the title role, a character that has been described as “a mix of Sherlock Holmes’ deductive abilities, Tarzan’s outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy’s scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln’s goodness.”

On paper Hemsworth is a great choice to lead Doc Savage, and though he isn’t given the opportunity to express much range in the Marvel universe, his turn in last year’s Rush was excellent.  Black previously said that whoever he casts as Doc Savage has to be tall, adding, “He’s the perfect physical specimen and when people look at him, they’re overawed by the sort of symmetry and perfection that he exudes.”  That sounds exactly how I would describe Hemsworth.

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