Shane Black has given a brief update on his forthcoming adaptation of pulp hero Doc Savage , confirming the film’s ‘30s setting and giving some idea of what we can expect from his take on the character.
“We’re shooting it as though it’s in the '30s, including all the Capra-esque elements of 1930s films like You Can’t Take It With You ,” explains Black. “The idea of ‘What if Jimmy Stewart were a stone-cold killer?’ basically.”
“Perhaps my quote should have more accurately read, ‘potential’ killer,” continues Black, clarifying his words. “Doc Savage had the abilities of a fighting machine but truly the soul of a pacifist.”
Having been a long-standing fan of the character, Black is clearly excited about bringing him to a new audience, some 80 years since he made his debut.
“Doc Savage is a personal film to me,” says Black. “It’s a 1930s pulp character so it hasn’t been around for 75 years or so, but people if they’re introduced to it they’ll get to know, hopefully, what I came to love as a kid."
"I’ve read those series for 43 years and always wanted to figure out how to crack it.” Doc Savage has yet to receive a release date.