Global movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson revealed on his social media channels that he and his Seven Bucks Productions company are collaborating with writer-director Shane Black on the long-gestating Doc Savage film project. Black has long wanted The Rock in the role of the Man of Bronze. So it appears it’s now in the works, and the film might finally happen with The Rock in the role.
Here is The Rock’s Full statement:
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 Seven Bucks Productions’s producer Hiram Garcia 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.
The question is, when does this movie actually happen. Shane Black is already working on his next movie, The Predator, which is scheduled for a February 2018 release date. Conceivably, this movie probably wouldn’t happen until after The Predator gets released. In addition, The Rock has a full plate of his own between his numerous film and TV projects, including Ballers and The Fast and the Furious film franchise. He’s also attached to play Black Adam in DC’s Shazam movie…if it ever gets off the ground. Still it should be interesting to see if this will ever happen.