It looks like Dwayne Johnson’s busy schedule will get even busier. The actor confirmed on Monday that he would be teaming with director Shane Black to bring the classic heroic-adventure character to life in a new film, which had been in development at Sony Pictures.
The actor relayed the information via his Instagram account post that shows Black and his co-writing team of Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry and producer Hiram Garcia.
Shane Black, recently helmed the The Nice Guys with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling to positive reviews and modest boxoffice since bowing on May 20. He also directed Iron Man 3 and wrote Lethal Weapon in the late 80s which kicked off the franchise for Warner Bros. He is also currently working on his new Predator film.
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.
Johnson will also produce the film under his Seven Bucks Productions banner with Sony releasing the movie. Production for the film has yet to begin.
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