Since IRON MAN 3 absolutely blitzed the box office everywhere it also skyrocketted Shane Black to the top of the heap in terms of directors in demand. And since IRON MAN 3 was such a gargantuan hit it’s given steam for the long gestating DOC SAVAGE project Black was attached to for a while to regain momentum.
Black was brought into write the film back in 2009 but left the film as he signed on to make IRON MAN 3. Well he’s back on board, along with co-writers Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, to write and direct the film.
“Doc Savage is a fictional character originally published in American pulp magazines during the 1930s and 1940s. He was created by publisher Henry W. Ralston and editor John L. Nanovic at Street and Smith Publications, with additional material contributed by the series’ main writer, Lester Dent.
The heroic-adventure character would go on to appear in several other media, including radio, film, and comic books, with his adventures reprinted for modern-day audiences in series of paperback books. Into the 21st century, Doc Savage has remained a nostalgic icon in the U.S., referenced in novels and in popular culture.” – wikipedia.