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Have no fear... The Man Of Bronze is in the best hands! DOC SAVAGE is on his way!

Published at: Feb. 22, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here with an update on a story I broke back in October of last year! There isn't exactly a single new twist to the story I broke back in October... If you remember, I broke that Shane Black was writing the script for DOC SAVAGE, and his producer was Neal Moritz. That's all still the case. The new wrinkle is this. Apparently, SHANE BLACK is directing it now too!!! And that Columbia Pictures has decided to announce they're doing it. Well... Color me happy as hell. This is great news. The article mentions that Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry have been working with Shane... but frankly, that Shane is directing now - and knowing that he is involved as the writer as well... This is incredibly exciting. Shane is one of the best writers around and his KISS KISS BANG BANG is at least for me, a high rotation title - along with everything he's written and worked on. Let's see how casting goes! I know from talking with Shane this will be period, will have Doc's team and is going to be a shit ton of fun. Variety 'broke' this 'officially'

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  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Sounds like good news to me

    by jimmy_009

    I guess

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Boring

    by AwkwardAvenue

    Boring.

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Ron Ely will have his revenge

    by jimmy rabbitte

    Bank on it.

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST

    No shit?

    by ebonic_plague

    I believe this is what you call Cool News, Harold!

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Worked better as pulp

    by sundancekeed

    Doc Savage was fun to read. On the screen? Not so much. Throw him and The Shadow together in a film and you might have something.

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:21 p.m. CST

    a 200 million dollar budgeted SCHWARZENEGGER vehicle!

    by ABking

    Just kidding Harry ;)

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Who's a man of bronze?

    by deelzbub

    George Hamilton <P> 'nuff said

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    At least its something new.

    by lochkray

    Not another reboot of a mediocre 1980s series with vague nostalgia value. Or another comic book character with origin story. Or a redundant sequel to an aging movie franchise. Or a movie based on a cartoon created to sell toys. Hell, Hollywood really hasn't mined any of the potential of Pulp novels from the early 20th century. There's a whole lot they could go to there for inspiration.

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    It's a cross between James Bond and Indiana Jones!!!

    by Bob Cryptonight

    Should be awesome if done right!!!

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:27 p.m. CST

    No.

    by ShabbyBlue

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Doc Savage - Man of Orange reboot

    by ebolamonkey

    He's the son of Doc Savage Man of Bronze, but he only does the spray on tan since daddy died of melanoma on his nutsack.

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:30 p.m. CST

    I can't help but think of the Venture Bros.

    by Dingbatty

    when I see Doc Savage mentioned, these days.

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:31 p.m. CST

    loved the books as a kid

    by Kneprock

    will probably see this just for nostalgia's sake

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Harry...

    by vettebro

    Shane Black is hit or miss. Lethal Weapon movies were good. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Last Action Hero were awful in my book. Hopefully, he remembers his role in Predator and uses some of that.

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Shane Black...

    by Spartacuts

    ...deserves the benefit of the doubt. Not all wunderkinds are flashes-in-the-pan....? Let's hope for the best on t - h - i - s much-delayed p ro - ject

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    ohmanohmanohman

    by NippleEffect

    please don't screw this up

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Who gets to play Renny?

    by Aloy

    ..with his "fists like buckets of gristle". Could be quite cool although most period versions haven't quite clicked (much as I've wanted them to).

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:51 p.m. CST

    and now for my regularly scheduled bitching

    by NippleEffect

    ahem

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Firefly Guy for Doc Savage

    by NippleEffect

    get that out of the way

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Yes!

    by MonsterKilledThePilot

    Finally...

  • Feb. 22, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Breaking news...I broke this

    by MacReady452

    back in October I broke this breaking news that broke and now its breaking again that the news I broke would re break in a new breaking way.<p>On a totally unrelated topic..Variety actually broke this news BUT the breaking news is that I'm gonna take all the credit.<p>Consider the news broken.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, midnight CST

    I wonder...

    by NixEclips

    ...Did somebody have something "broke" at some point? Just curious.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, midnight CST

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was awful??????

    by MacReady452

    that is just sad. What else is awful..?...Christina Hendricks huge glorious titties? Sad.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    MacReady, you crazy Swede

    by NixEclips

    You beat me to it in a much more amusing way.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Now cast Gerry Butler as Doc...

    by GunRunner

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Doc Savage? The conservative talk show host nut job?

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Just kidding. :)

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST

    taylor laughtner!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    by alice133

    or sam worthington.<p>brilliant. i know.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Who's Doc Savage?

    by mistergreen

    Oh yeah, all those 75 year olds are lining up to watch this.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 12:22 a.m. CST

    OK MacReady...

    by vettebro

    Not awful, but not that great either. OK? and yes...Titties rule!

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 12:38 a.m. CST

    The only clear choice... Wayne "The Rock"

    by Teddy Artery

    Johnson.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 12:40 a.m. CST

    As long as it's better than the new CONAN atrocity.

    by MaxTheSilent

    That movie can suck a fat cock, right now. Marcus Nispel is about to drop a mega-turd on the hearts and minds of every R.E, Howard fan out there.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I've been calling for Dwayne Johnson to play Doc

    by NippleEffect

    for a few years now<p> Hope he reads a few of the books so he plays the character appropriately<br> And not as a screaming roided up drill seargent wrestling type character<p> I know he can do it, he's turned in some good performances and has really grown as an actor

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 1:14 a.m. CST

    mistergreen

    by NippleEffect

    you might want to stick with Jersey Shore

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 1:55 a.m. CST

    I remember watching the Ron Ely film

    by batmans_pants

    as a kid and loving it. I imagine it would probably suck balls if I watched it now as an adult, but I'm all for another silver screen outing for doc. Teddy and nipple, fully agree. Dwayne would fit this role like a glove.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Yeah, that would be cool if it was The Rock

    by Vern

    because that guy needs to work with a good, smart director who knows how to take advantage of his talents. Then maybe he'll understand he can do better than the moronic kiddy trash he decided to sentence himself to a couple years ago when his action career didn't take off.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:17 a.m. CST

    No, no, fuck no. DWAYNE JOHNSON IS SUPERMAN.

    by Shermdawg

    He deserves better than a guy no one outside the geek community has heard of.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Dwayne Johnson for reals.

    by Who_Dat_Ninja

    Here's another vote for the Rock. He's perfect. Make it so.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Cool!

    by MaxTheSilent

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Cool! Shane Black is teh coolness.

    by MaxTheSilent

    Just keep Platinum Dunes or any of those other cunts away from it.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Ok, I just read up on the character...

    by Shermdawg

    ...and yeah, this would be a neat....scratch that, really cool vehicle for The Rock, but it'd also be something that could just as easily be overlooked. <br><br>Dwayne, at this point, needs something big. And stunt casting, which really wouldn't be stunt casting at all given he's perfect for the role of Supes would be exactly what he needs to finally make a mark for himself in Hollywood after that attempt at being the next Schwarzenegger fizzled out with Doom. Just imagine the press his casting would get. The buzz alone would make it a massive hit.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:43 a.m. CST

    DC Comics did faithful period adaptations...

    by Master Bruce

    of both DOC SAVAGE & THE SHADOW back in the late 80s...in fact there was even a crossover between the 2 titles. Great reads. I hope the film is just as good. Cast my vote for The Rock as Clark Savage, Jr. as well! (He'd also make a great Captain Marvel in the upcoming SHAZAM movie!)

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST

    This is cool...

    by DreadPirateRoberts

    But I am not sure how this property will go over. Sure, this is cool to every card carrying geek. But to the general public this is like "Man of what?". Of course, I assumed the same thing about Iron Man in the early stages, so who knows. I will be there at any rate.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST

    He was tapped as Black Adam in that, wasn't he?

    by Shermdawg

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Yeah, but Iron Man. was different...

    by Shermdawg

    You had flying dude in a suit getting chased around by jets in the trailer. That's not something you've seen much of.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3 a.m. CST

    if the rock is the man of bronze

    by brabon300

    the movie will be as bad as the ron ely version<p> so no thank you

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Keep Kiss Kiss Bang Bang where it belongs

    by David Cloverfield

    In the DVD player. And watch it over and over and over and over again.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:04 a.m. CST

    So Gay Perry, still gay?

    by David Cloverfield

    No, I'm knee deep in the pussy. I just love the name so much I don't want to get rid of it.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST

    DUCK SAVAGE - MAN OF BRONZER

    by TehCreepyThinMan

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:08 a.m. CST

    What, fuckhead? Who taught you grammar? Badly's an adverb.

    by David Cloverfield

    Get out. Vanish.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Christina Hendricks for Wonder Woman!

    by sansara07

    Now THAT is a geek/sexual fantasy I'd like to see fulfilled. Hollywood, stop fucking about and make it happen!

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Thank god it's not

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Abrams, Kurtzmanorci, McG, Bay, Sommers, Wiseman or Ratner. At least Shane Black has some genuine talent.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:25 a.m. CST

    On a related note, Paul Malmont

    by hst666

    Paul Malmont, author of the Chinatown Deathcloud Peril, is writing a new Doc Savage comic from DC coimg out in the Spring.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:26 a.m. CST

    At this point I would prefer "Planetary"

    by the Green Gargantua

    and Doc Brass.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Stephen Lang in Avatar...

    by CENOBITE

    looked just like a James Bama painting of Doc Savage.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Harry does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Hmm DOC SAVAGE with 'The Rock', directed by a guy famous for Eighties action flicks.<p> This is really worrying cos Harry and I were hoping this would be a bugnuts torture-porn coolio twit-fest like CABIN FEVER (or even CABIN FEVER 2)... but now it seems like it might just be god-awful like THE RUNNING MAN. Shame.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 4:03 a.m. CST

    UGH

    by Karl Childers

    Please no Matthew McConagay

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 4:34 a.m. CST

    You know why I love the French.

    by Mr Gorilla

    Because when KISS KISS BANG BANG came out, the title on the posters etc was 'LE KISS KISS BANG BANG DE SHANE BLACK'. Now that's respect.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Pussy Casting

    by Le Phantom

    They will probably get some Hollywood, pretty boy pussy to play Doc...There are few real men left in Hollywood any more! Just pretty, test tube actor teen types that don't look tough enough to scare an effeminate 5th grader!

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Fuck No, No 'The Rock'!

    by Laserhead

    I like The Rock. He's an affable, fun action lead. What he can't do, though, is convince an audience that his IQ is above 130. Doc's supposed to be a scientific and medical genius for fuck's sake; that's a bit more relevant than 'must have really big muscles.' Take a smart, GOOD actor and put him in the gym for a few months.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Lets hear more about the "breaking" part please.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 6:13 a.m. CST

    I hate to be a downer

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    because this does just sound amazing, but I hope Shane is left to do this thing by Columbia and they support him 100% and is given final cut?. I'm getting a league of extraordinary gentlemen vibe. Would hate to see that type saga play out. I'm rooting for this all the way!...sorry got a bit paranoid there for a moment.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 6:26 a.m. CST

    DreadPirateRoberts

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    Yeah people don't just go to see movies or properties they have heard of. Iron man as you mentioned being a perfect example. watchmen another. love it or hate, people went to see it. I've never understood the cry of "anyone outside the geek world won't give a shit". It's all press and promoton and if it's sold right they will go no matter what shit it is.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 6:33 a.m. CST

    An unknown?

    by The StarWolf

    The problem is they may have waited too long. Arnie's got the perfect build, and Doc is supposed to be nearly expressionless, so his acting style would work for the character. But he may be too old. The Rock? Not really. They may have to look around for an unknown to step into those demanding shoes. I just hope they don't make the mistake of making it a modern day adventure. It's got to be set in the art deco world of the 1930s to work right.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Now that's seriously Cool News, Black's da Man!

    by KillaKane

    KKBB is one of my all time faves, was hoping Shane Black would get another opportunity to write/direct, Doc Savage is just the cherry on the pie. Expecting good things for this one

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 6:55 a.m. CST

    ...Dear AICN, I never thought I'd be writing to you, but...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...after my recent news breaking experience, I just had to share my steamy breaking story! I was dosing on my couch one night, and the phone suddenly began to squeal, causing me jerk awake and whip my hand out of the front of my pants...I blinked my eyes, trying to figure out what was happening.<P>Well, when I finally picked up the phone, I would have to wonder no more. A fresh and tasty bit of news was on the line, and sounded like it was just begging to be broken! In viscous tones the news told me it had already been broken five times that night, but it still had an aching void inside, an aching void just waiting to be filled by me!<P>I don't know what made me think to do it, since I was already talking to some wantonly pulsing news on the phone, but I got up and opened the front door. When I open the door the very hot news I was already talking to was standing right there in front of me!! The news slowly licked its cell phone and tossed it over its shoulder...it was going to need BOTH hands to deal with MY glistening sausage link.<P>In an instant the news grabbed the glistening sausage link out of my mouth and said "well, what are you waiting for big boy? Are you going to stand there chewing or are you going to break me?"<P>I didn't have to be asked twice I can tell you. Well, actually I did, I made the news beg for it...but when I finally broke it, I broke it like it had never been broken before. I just kept breaking it and breaking it, and then this uppity bit of news taught me three new ways to break I hadn't even heard about before!<P>It was easily the single most amazing eight minutes of my life. When I finally recovered enough to stand upright, this inexhaustible piece of news just laughed and said "that's all you got big boy? I guess I'll have to be officially broken by Variety"...and strutted right out of my life.<P>I was disappointed, but it was worth it. What a night!!!<P>Broken and Panting, Austin, TX

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 7:26 a.m. CST

    February is now officially my favorite month...

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    EVAH! Wife sold two stories to Harlequin then got asked to do two more and now this!<p>Is it wrong of me to get a chub over this news? Shane Black is one of my favorite writers of all time and Doc Savage is one of my favorite characters. I feel like it's Christmas.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 7:34 a.m. CST

    the original x men

    by rur

    I been a fan of Doc and his crew since I was a kid. The character designs of Doc's five are very important, one of the best visuals of Monk Mayfair and Doc Savage is in the Rocketeer by Dave Stevens. The books have a larger than life quality to them, lots of physical amplifications: Renny's giant hands, Monk's ape like look, Ham's eagle nose, Long Tom's giant ears and pale skin, Johnny's skeleton frame... Animation would have been the best medium for the character, either with 2D with some fantastic character design or with CGI.. These fellows were the original X-men team. I hope they do them justice they deserve so much.. tons of characters have ripped off Doc Savage and it would be nice to see the first creator of the original fortress of solitude.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Patrick Warburton needs to be in this. . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . and I, too, fear another League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Ugggghhhhh . . .

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    I read some years ago that Buckaroo Banzai . . .

    by James_Camera_On

    . . . was based at least partly on Doc Savage. So I guess this will likely turn out to be Buckaroo Banzai without the laughs and brilliance. Not really looking forward to this.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Man of Bronze = George Hamilton?

    by Cletus Van Damme

    I'm not complaining, but how is Columbia doing this? Isn't Doc a DC/WB property?

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    The Rock as "Doc Savage" or "Doc Brass"

    by blakindigo

    Bloody perfection!

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Well I'm glad Harry got to "break" something new for once

    by D.Vader

    I guess those are the only stories he cares to tell us about.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Let's hope they give Black the time he needs to do it right

    by D.Vader

    And let's hope they don't try to force him to meet some arbitrary premiere date. Bc the best movies are always made that way!

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Ian McShane is "Blackbeard" in POTC 4

    by Zipzopzoobitybop

    Need to be quicker with the news, guys...

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Danny Glover playing Capn Ahab in Moby Dick remake...

    by D.Vader

    A Moby Dick remake with DRAGONS! It's a fantasy indie called "Dragon Fire" and Moby Dick is now a white dragon, but all the names from Melville's original text are still the same. And Vinnie Jones plays Stubb. Now that's Cool News indeed!

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    ...Dear Dr. Geek...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...last October I got a little too drunk and and fooled around with a well known movie geek. I only let him get to "second base", and I've tried to ignore him ever since, but he keeps going on and on about how he "broke" me. He's keeps boasting about how he broke me like I've never been broken before, that he broke me like no other geek could...it's making me very uncomfortable.<P>I've tried avoiding him, but I think he's obsessed. Is this normal? What should I do?<P>Signed,<P> Savage But Still Single

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Did you break this story, Harry?

    by The Garbage Man

    Try using the word "broke" more, it will make everything clearer.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    I agrre with CENOBITE

    by ltgalloway

    Lang not only has the build, he's an amazing actor. He may be a little old to be bankable for a Hollywood movie, but I for one would love to see him in that role.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Actual movie news...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ... and i dont care... Black is cool, but TO ME nothin is cool before the 70s... im tired of "pulp" and "golden/silver age"... also, this will fail

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Ray Stevenson as Doc Savage

    by blackmantis

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Ray Stevenson

    by David Cloverfield

    That's a great idea. He's a brutist looking man with the eyes of a poet. The guy has an intimidating look, and intelligent face a spades of charisma. Won't happen of course, but still.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Doc Savage movie

    by buddylou

    I think the Rock is an excellent choice for Doc. Christina Cox would be a Good choice for Doc's cousin Pat. I also think the "Monk" character is going to be a bitch to cast. 5'2 and 260 lbs. all muscle. good luck.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    Mimi Leder to direct MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN

    by savagedave

    Starring Hayden Christiansen. Seriously. Where's my check?

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Johnson isn't a bad choice

    by Well-Armed Lamb

    I never thought about Johnson for the role, but he could be really good if he can pull it off. It'd be a hell of a challenge for him as an actor, because he'd need to bust out some new tools. Johnson's charisma is powerful, but it's heavily rooted in affability and approachability -- you just plain *like* the guy, and he's got a great ability to make friends with the audience. (This is why I think Moriarty was right, and he would be a great Captain Marvel.) Doc requires a different toolset: he's reserved, intellectual, often a little uncomfortable in social situations due to the unusual nature of his upbringing. When you see Johnson in a lot of his roles, you think, "Man, what a cool guy, I'd enjoy hanging out with him." When you see Doc Savage, you need to think, "...whoa." If I were Shane Black, I'd definitely give Johnson a screen test. Of a very, very serious scene, where Doc Savage is impressive but a little off-putting. See if Johnson's charisma translates.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Will Shane Black finally be aboe to write...

    by AsimovLives

    ...a good villain this time? Even he admits it's his greatest weakness as a writer. And he's right, there's not a single really memorable good villain in any of his movies he wrote or directed.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Uhhh Asi, The Predator is a villain

    by D.Vader

    Amiright or amiright?

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Ray Stevenson is a brillant choice

    by AsimovLives

    Ray Stevenson should be in more movies. He can play anything, from drama to kick-ass action, as shown in ROME. A shakespearean actor who is built like an ox and can be extremely believable as a major ass kicker. This guy is the real deal.<br><br>For a complete package, why not also hire two other ass-kickers from ROME for the movie too, namely, James Purefoy and Kevin McKidd?

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST

    wit all this igneous rock talk...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...or is he a sedimentary rock? anyway here is the greatest quote bout suicide "im a pimp, and pimps dont commit suicide"... Southland tales, very underrated and very weird

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    D.Vader

    by AsimovLives

    Shane Black STARED in Predator, he didn't wrote it.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    And speakin of S Tales...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    "No one rocks the cock like Krsta Now"...

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Will somebody bring up the guy with the girly hair from LOST?

    by AsimovLives

    Will somebody bring up the guy with the girly hair from LOST? Because there were some deluded folks who though that such an emo girly haired she-male would be good to play uber-mensh Snake plissken. Will they also name him to play Doc Savage, a character who is both mensh and a brillant intellectual? Because what that girly haired dude exudes both manliness and intellectual prowness. Yeah, right!! Girly haired LOST dude!!!

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    I'm just playing Devils Advocate, Asi

    by D.Vader

    I'm a lawyah! I win! It's what I do!

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    I'll bring him up, Asi...

    by D.Vader

    Because you have NO GOOD reason why he'd be bad for Snake. <p> Im a lawyah!

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    I'd rather see a biopic of Randy "Macho Man" Savage.

    by StanGrossman

    "Man, you are one pathetic loser. No offense."

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    AWESOME FUCKING NEWS!

    by fassbinder79

    Best film news I've heard all week! For awhile now I've been wondering why Shane Black hasn't directed anything else since Kiss Kiss (the last decent Downey film next to Zodiac imo)

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    The Rock

    by BranMakMorn

    Gets my vote. Looking forward to this.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    30's setting or fucking forget it.

    by BiggusDickus

    Done properly it could be Rocketeer meets The Avengers...

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Josh Holloway FTW

    by Pizziola

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    by antonphd

    My favorite film.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Harry, Check out the Fortress of Solitude....

    by iloveaicn

    HERE http://tinyurl.com/yzg7lz4

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Nightmare on Elm Street’ Poster http://tinyurl.com/yawhc8l

    by iloveaicn

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Josh Holloway isn't "girly"

    by ebonic_plague

    You know what's pretty girly, though, Asi? Calling someone who could literally pound you into ground chuck "girly" because of a priaptic hate boner you have for the work of a producer who cast him in a popular show. You could have a steel wool mohawk garnished with entrails, and Josh Holloway and his "girly hair" would still make you seem like a weepy Mary Poppins in comparison. <p> If you're going to insist on your ridiculous crusade, expect to be appropriately mocked for it. Girly man.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    The fuck he isn't!

    by AsimovLives

    Dude looks he was manufactured to be on a shampoo commercial. Guys, don't go all Gay For JayJay just because the girly haired dude stars in your beloved hack's so-called created over-rated TV show.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    D.Vader

    by AsimovLives

    Don't go GAY FOR JAYJAY on me, friend.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    I give up, Asi.

    by ebonic_plague

    You're a lost cause. Have fun ranting, I'm done trying to reason with you, there's no point.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    I loved this stuff when I was a kid

    by SmokingRobot

    I just ate up the Bantam editions of Doc Savage. Renny, Long-Tom, Johnny, Ham, and Monk. Great stuff. It would be so easy to make this nut suck by just having respect for the characters and source material. But Hollywood will fuck it up, no doubt.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    James Purefoy — I hope he's good in "Ironclad"

    by blakindigo

    Actually, I hope the MOVIE will be good…

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Asimov, then go "SMART" for once

    by D.Vader

    And intelligently debate this topic instead of reverting to your stale and offensive "Gay for JJ" sentiments, which have 100% NOTHING to do with Josh Holloway. You can't do it. You were challenged before and you shied away.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Save the Rock for Race Bannon in "Jonny Quest"

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I'm not a huge Dwayne Johnson fan, but I've thought for a while that he has the perfect charm and heroic nature to play Race Bannon. All you've got to do is die his hair silver/grey. As far as Doc Savage goes, I just hope Ron Ely gets to cameo as Doc's father (even if it's only in a portrait). Ron Ely is just such a cool guy, it would be fun to see him on screen again. This is COOL NEWS, btw.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Doc Savage is precious to me...

    by GiggityGoo

    This had better be done right. A period piece. Cool gadgets.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by slone13

    <p>Arjen. Lethal Weapon 2. Slimy, sexist, racist. Great villain.</p> <p>"Diplomatic immunity!"</p>

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    The Rock still seems "un-tapped" to me.

    by bigbaldpapa

    The man oozes charisma and is becoming a better actor with every turn. He needs a franchise.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    AICN - making it hard for me to keep checking your page

    by Anything But Tangerines

    PLEASE fix whatever shit is wrong that now every time I even reload, I get a keychain message. It's not signing me out, just keeps asking to access my keychain. DENY-DENY_DENY! ANNOYING!

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Cool news AICN has missed out on

    by D.Vader

    Sharktopus in production, directed by Roger Corman. <p> Mark Strong cast as Sinestro in Green Lantern <p> Ian Mcshane looks to be cast as Blackbeard in Pirates 4 <p> Danny Glover as Captain Ahab in a fantasy indie adaptation of Moby Dick with a white dragon instead of a white whale<p> Bruce Willis talks Lethal Weapon 5 <p>COOL NEWS WE DID GET: <p> Shane Black directing Doc Savage <p> Kevin Smith making hockey movie with Sean William Scott <p> American Pie 4 in the works... <p> Anyone notice the disparity?

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    D.Vader, no Stephen Chow/way of the dragon?

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    Good but no banana, bud.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Bruce Willis also talked "Unbreakable 2"

    by Chewtoy

    (and I think you may have meant "Die Hard 5", saying he'd bring back the "Live Free or Die Hard" director.)<br><br> Also Wesley Snipes said he was up for a "Blade 4"<br><br> While none of this is technically more than talk, it's talk from the principle players and the kind of thing that is put out there to gauge fan reaction and see if it's worth pursuing. Cheerleading for (or against) these kinds of projects getting made used to be part of AICN. Now it's mostly "Who wants to attend a screening" posts.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Forgot about that one, Player Two has Entered the Game

    by D.Vader

    I just saw the headline this morning; didn't read the story. Headline suggested it was "possibly" a remake, but maybe its not?

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    seriously, AsimovLives. You are preteen right?

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    Gotta be. I'll put money on it! If not you have no excuse for being such a child.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    I think Steve Buscemi would be a great choice

    by toadkillerdog

    Not to play Doc, but to play the Chimp - Chemistry. <p> Yeah, the only name brand actor working today who can carry off the role is The Rock -and he is a decent actor.<p> Doc Savage - who is my all time favorite pulp action character, does not require a Royal Shakespearean level thespian. <p> My biggest concern is not with The Rock as Doc, but with the script. I loved reading the reprints in the seventies when I was a child, and I loved the marvel B&W mag. But even back then, I realized that Doc and his associates, lived a very, very strange life that if ever put on the big screen, would lend itself to being mocked. And that is exactly what we got. A high camp movie - which I still enjoyed the hell out of. <p> If the new movie is to be taken seriously, then it might require some of the cherished pulp attributes be either jettisoned, or at least underplayed.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    yeah D.Vader

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    Not 100% confirmed. Could be bullshit.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Sean William Scott also talked American Pie 4....

    by D.Vader

    In the hockey story, but that wasn't mentioned either.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    John Hamm, or Thomas Jane.

    by Dr.DirtyD

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    And who will play Hebus Corpus?

    by Dr.DirtyD

    Babe, or Wilbur?

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Babe is too sweet to play habeus - then again

    by toadkillerdog

    He needs the work, and maybe he needs to act a little 'gangsta' to shed his sweet image. Ok, I say at least give him a screen test.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Race Bannon or Doc Savage? What do you guys think?

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Do you guys think the Rock would be a better Race Bannon in "Jonny Quest" or a better "Doc Savage"? Harry, chime in on this if you're in da house.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Those guys are too short

    by toadkillerdog

    The Rock is 6'4" and even that is not exactly tall for Doc, but you could cast shorter guys for The Five, except for long Tom and Renny.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Race Bannon would not be much of a challenge

    by toadkillerdog

    It would be same ol same ol. Safe yeah, but I doubt it would give him a franchise either.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    I'm pretty sure they could solve the hight issue through...

    by Dr.DirtyD

    the magic of movie making. business as usual.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Whoever plays Doc Savage...

    by Blue_Demon

    The movie should start with this crawl:<p>Let me strive every moment of my life, to make myself better and better, to the best of my ability that all may profit by it.<p>Let me think of the right and lend all my assistance to those who need it, with no regard for anything but justice.<p>Let me take what comes with a smile, without loss of courage.<p>Let me be considerate of my country, of my fellow citizens and my associates everything I say and do.<p>Let me do right to all, and wrong no man.<p>And they really need to set it in the 1930s.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Adam Baldwin as Doc

    by Mighty_Ymir

    Adam Baldwin (Jane from 'Firefly'/'Serenity') would be perfect as Doc Savage.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Wow - someone with talent actually got a directing gig!

    by venvariants

    Shane Black on this project means it's in good hands. The main question is this: will it be a classic like the 70's film?? I kid, I kid...

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Yeah, tooth fairy will be hard to live down

    by NippleEffect

    he must have lost a bet and honerd it

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Ended his career with Tooth Fairy???

    by slone13

    <p>The movie's made $82 million.</p> <p>He doesn't need to live anything down. He's too busy cashing his fat checks.</p>

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    The Rock looks good, but can he play a brillant

    by Dr.DirtyD

    scientist without it being a fucking joke?

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    No doubt that will be a tough hill to climb

    by toadkillerdog

    Perception can sometimes equal reality for lots of folks, but the best way to combat that is to showcase his intelligence away from the screen. By that, I mean carefully chosen interviews and appearances that allow him to demonstrate that he is not just a football/wrestler tuned actor. Just by listening to his past interviews, you can tell the man is not dumb, but his roles have been. <p> I remember when Vin Diesel (who thankfully is not being mentioned) was getting early pub for just his muscles, then his PR flacks started telling people just how smart Vinny really is, that he is an accomplished writer etc. etc. It did changed the geeks perception of Vinny. It can change the perception of The Rock as well.<p> But it will all come down to the performance - and the script.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    ...yeah, frightening...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...apparently his aides never expected him to do so well in Iowa...when he came in second they were all...oh fuck! What if this asshole wins? We can't live with that!...

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    ...↑ sorry, wrong talkback.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    yeah, sounds good

    by nightmute

    I want to be pissed off, coz I'm drunk, and feeling sorry for myself, but even in my inebriated state, I can honestly say, without any trace of sentiment, that this is good news. But Christ, I miss the scent of mmy ex.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Play it straight!

    by DennisMM

    No matter who is cast and what the story may be, they need to play it as straight as they can. No booming baritone announcer, no "patriotic" music and no twinkles in Doc's eye. This can be done. If they have a problem figuring out how, they should read some of the comics. Azarello's upcoming "First Wave" plays Doc completely straight and mostly works.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Some Doc Savage advice

    by schadenfreudian

    I've seen the movie, but I've never read any of the books, and I'm not sure where to start. Can any of you magnificent bastards help me out? I'd like to read them in chronological order, if possible. Thanks, chums.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Grampa's worldwide rejoice!

    by fiester

    I don't understand the fascination with wasting good money on geriatric pulp properties like this when it's just going to wind up another The Shadow or Dick Tracy or The Phantom--no amount of cutting edge special effects can remove the corniness of characters that have been irrelevant for generations.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Battle Royale

    by DennisMM

    The first is "The Man of Bronze," from March, 1933. It introduces the characters and situations but isn't particularly well-written. Lester Dent, who wrote more than half the 181 pulps, took a while to get moving. Here's Wikipedia's list of all the stories: http://tinyurl.com/68b4xj

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    fiester

    by DennisMM

    Doc Savage and the Shadow are no more corny than Batman. The Phantom, except for his costume, makes the classic Batman look like a weakling. It's all about interpretation.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Where to read the books

    by Well-Armed Lamb

    Battle_Royale_with_cheese, Nostalgia Ventures is doing pulp facsimile two-in-one reprints (you can see their catalog here: http://bit.ly/8ZiirJ ). They're not in chronological order, alas, but they're reprinting the straight-up best stories. I'd recommend either the first in the series ("Fortress of Solitude"/"The Devil Genghis") or the second ("Repel"/"Resurrection Day"); they're straight-up awesome. "Repel" is my personal favorite Doc Savage adventure -- high stakes, action that goes from fist-fights to epic city destruction, and a brilliantly diabolical gay dwarf supervillain. (Seriously.)

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Doc Novels

    by Doc_Savage

    Read #1 - Man of Bronze - available from and #2 Land of Terror to get you going. Anthony Tollin is redoing these - his site is: www.shadowsanctum.com - and there are a bunch for sale.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Doc Savage titles

    by DennisMM

    They were great! "Repel," "The Devil Genghis," "Resurrection Day," "The Freckled Shark." My favorite titles are "According to Plan of a One-Eyed Mystic" and "The Men Who Smiled No More." That last is so evocative.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    I've said it before and I'll say it again...

    by thesinofthesky

    KEVIN FUCKING MCKIDD.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    NightMute

    by thesinofthesky

    Cheer up man. It gets better. Go tear into every ass you can get and take a long trip.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    thanks everyone.

    by schadenfreudian

    Even if the early stories aren't so hot, I'm weird about chronology, so I'll start there.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    The Last Adventure of Doc Savage

    by dailysportspages

    Doc Savage: Stephen Lang <br> Clark Savage III: Dwayne Johnson<br> John Sunlight: Dolph Lundgren<br> Ham: Michael Sheen<br> Monk: Michael Chiklis<br> Litlejohn: Hugh Laurie<br> Long Tom: Giovani Ribisi<br> Renny: Michael Clarke Duncan<br>

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    The Rock

    by Hipshot

    Would be perfect. Not sure about Shane Black as writer/director ...but he deserves way more than the benefit of the doubt.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Doc Savage casting news!

    by CastingCouch

    We need someone with abs and a distinctive orange hue to his skin, right? ... Making his motion picture debut as Doc Savage, The Man of Bronze ... someone the "kids" will come out to see ... straight from the Jersey Shore, it's THE SITUATION!!!

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    Doc?

    by Cnemi

    http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/2357/savagefd2.jpg

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    For those who don't know Doc Savage, here...

    by matineer

    is the blurb from the Bantam paperbacks: "To the world at large, Doc Savage is a strange, mysterious figure of glistening bronze skin and golden eyes. To his amazing co-adventurers-- the five greatest brains ever assembled in one group-- he is a man of superhuman strength and protean genius, whose life is dedicated to the destruction of evil doers. To his fans he is the greatest adventure hero of all time, whose fantastic exploits are unequaled for hair-raising thrills, breathtaking escapes and blood-curdling excitement." End quote. The character dates from the 1930's , so some, but far fewer than one would expect, stereotypes do appear in the books. Doc was ahead of his time in many regards, had a "Fortress of Solitude" before Superman, and a neck pinch like Spock's. Hope this is good.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    New Doc

    by DocDowns

    Josh Holloway from Lost IS Doc Savage! That's IT!!!

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Here's a cool pic of Stephen Lang as "Doc"

    by CENOBITE

    http://img534.imageshack.us/i/docsavagesm.jpg/

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    http://img534.imageshack.us/i/docsavagesm.jpg/

    by CENOBITE

    dang 404 errors

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/6457/docsavagesm.jpg

    by CENOBITE

    one more time.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Keeping my fingers crossed.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Damien Lewis

    by Miles_Teg

    Is the best choice. Only an idiot would cast the Rock.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Yes Damian Lewis.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Perfection.

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Doc Savage

    by thereelme

    Sam Worthington is Doc Savage

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    by thereelme

    Sam Worthington is Doc Savage

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Sam Worthington is Doc Savage

    by thereelme

  • Feb. 23, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Error 404

    by catlettuce4

    What's the deal with the site...can't see the messages

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Just so long as the DON'T cast 'the Rock'!

    by Cervantes

    ....he'd be awful in this.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Toadkillerdog - right ...

    by The StarWolf

    You're right about one thing. Some aspect need to be downplayed. I love the Doc Savage mythos, but agree with a TIME magazine item from many years back which stated that his supposedly uber-competent aides came across as a cub scout Beaver Patrol on an overnight hike. Monk and Ham's rivalry in particular needs to be cut back a few notches, or it gets tiresome.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    I love Doc Savage, but this won't work

    by Stabby

    the material and character is just to dated to work today without a major overhall and if you're going to do a major overhall why even call it Doc Savage. No one under the age of 35 knows who the hell Savage is and certainly isn't nostalgic for it.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    If they make Savage a man of color instead of bronze

    by Stabby

    well then that completely defeats the whole conceit of the character. Doc Savage is the best that White European Western culture was capable of achieving.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Daniel Craig

    by smddoc

    Daniel Craig would be a great Doc Savage. Some one mentioned Kevin Mckidd, not a bad choice either.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    I think The Rock is wrong for the role - punning

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    But yeah, I just do not see him overcoming that hurdle, and even if he is really smart in real life, I just do not see him pulling it off. Besides, they can get a smaller actor and either beef him up, or just make him a leaner meaner version.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Craig? No.

    by The StarWolf

    I like Craig as an older, cynical Bond (however much I hated QUANTUM) but he simply couldn't pull off Doc. He just doesn't look like he's got the physique to do half the things Doc does.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Stephen Lang/ Dwayne Johnson

    by DocDowns

    Either Stephen Lang and Dwayne Johnson as Doc Savage? Are you all insane? Stephen Lang is about 20 years too old and Dwayne Johnson is about 200 IQ points too short. Doc is what his name says, he's a DOCTOR! Maybe Lang could play a doctor but he would have to be the old one who taught Doc, and I can't believe anyone would seriously believe the Rock is a surgeon. Come on Josh Holloway is Doc Savage.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Savage does not need to be supertall or a bodybuilder.

    by dailysportspages

    He also is not Black of Polynesian looking.<br> Like someone else said, the point of Savage was that he was a white guy in exotic places, or that he was a white guy who could blend in when spying because he was just another white guy. <br> <br> You could put a Dwayne Johnson in the created character of his son. <br> A kid had in Mexico or Alaska or in any of the other places where he has made some sort of a home or spent considerable time in. <br> The mythos have him being really good friends with a Mayan tribe as well as an Inuit tribe. <br> The Rock could very easily be the son he had with either of these peoples.<br> In fact if i remember correctly Savage does marry a Mayan princess and has a son by her. Clark III. <br> And Doc Savage could be old in this story, needed for one last adventure. Dying at the end but not before having his son promise him to continue to follow his mission statement and take over the mantle of Doc Savage <br> So Lang is Doc Savage for most of the movie, but the Rock takes over at the very end. <br> And if they decide to make sequels you can continue them with him as the new Doc Savage.<br> With the Docs gang there to help him through the transition.<br> <br> <br> Then again, who says he needs to be 6'5, much less 6'8 as how some people remember him?<br> Who says he needs to be built like Arnold?<br><br> All that is BS if you read the original novels.<br> Like ive told people in the Conan talkback... writers back in the day thought that someone who was 6'1 200 lbs was HUGE. <br> So you will see lots of adjectives about his height and weight... but you cant take those adjectives and use our modern definitions on them. <br> <br> There is a clue about Docs height when his companion Renny is introduced or is around. He is billed as being a giant, towering over everyone else including Savage. A mountain of a man who was an astonishing 6'4 and 250 lbs.<br> So its obvious to me that while Doc was a big man, he was not a big man in the way we consider a big man today.<br> He was the size of your average athletic guy who works out.<br> Probably around 6'1 or 6'2 and between 200 and 225 lbs.<br> <br> Watch it be some newcomer like Kellen Lutz or something.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Go CGI

    by dogu4

    Love the books as a kid, and considering where fan films were in the 60s Ron Ely was not too bad, but now in the post-Avatar world of fantasy meets reality, the original illustrations by James Bama are the quintessential imagery on which to create the look and feel of these characters whether the actors doing the emoting themselves are Sam Worthington, Steven Laing, the Rock, or Clint Eastwood for Doc , or any of a zillion others for the rest of Doc's companions...and who, will play the incestuous love interest? There's obviously an allusion to a mysterious breeding program going on, a la Phillip Jose' Farmer's concepts from the world of heroes and the forever feast.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Eric Dane or Jason O'Mara

    by dailysportspages

    Google them, they look the part, have the size and body build to play Savage.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Dated Material

    by catlettuce4

    Loved the books as a kid and was disappointed with the campy George Pal movie, but still love Doc and the Fabulous Five. But I am also wary that the material may be too dated for modern audiences unless it comes off like Indiana Jones, and they even were able to screw up that one. I just am afraid it will fail like other period pieces, e.g. The Rocketeer, The Shadow, etc.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Why 6'8"?

    by The StarWolf

    Because that's the height he's given in one novel. He towers over other people and barely clears normal doorway. It's just that his build is so well proportioned that this isn't evident until he's next to other people or standing by objects who can give scale reference. Even if 6'8" is deemed too much, he shouldn't be much less than 6'5" as he's routinely given to feats of physical prowess which would be hard to credit a smaller man.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 7:23 a.m. CST

    6'8 is only in one or some of the novels.

    by dailysportspages

    In the majority of them he is supposed to be shorter and less built than Renny who is 6'4 and 250. <br> People have this misconception that Doc Savage = Race Bannon = Brock Sampson <br> Those guys are the muscle for whomever the "hero" character is in those stories. <br> In the Doc Savage stories that muscle character would be Renny. And Savage would be the hero scientist guy. <br> He just happens to also be athletic and have a nice build. <br> Just not a huge mountain of a man like Renny. <br> Remember that the average height and weight of a normal man back then was much smaller than it is today. <br> The big heavyweight champions in boxing were usually guys 5'11 and 210 lbs. <br> The best center in the NBA was 6'8 and 220. <br> Football players were much much smaller. <br> Brock would be the size of your average "hunk" of today. Anyone above 6 feet tall with a strong jaw and a decent workout regimen would be more than enough. <br>

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