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The director is planning to tackle the project after a ‘Predator’ reboot for Fox.
Dwayne Johnson is adding a new superhero to his resume: Doc Savage.
The actor said on Monday that he would be teaming with director Shane Black to bring the pulpy action hero to life in a new film, which had been in development at Sony Pictures.
Black is planning to tackle the project after a Predator reboot for Fox.
Johnson wrote on Monday that he had sat down with screenwriters Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry over the weekend “to chop up creative and break story on this very cool project.”
Also, he noted, “the #1 reason I’m excited to become Doc Savage.. HE’S A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO!”
Shane Black, who helmed Iron Man 3 and wrote Lethal Weapon, just saw his Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling starrer The Nice Guys pick up nice notices from critics, although it has performed modestly at the U.S. box office since May 20.
In 2013, Black was set to co-write and direct a Doc Savage adaptation after working on the script for several years. Sony had billed the title as a franchise starter.
Johnson will also produce the pic through his Seven Bucks Productions banner with along with Hiram Garcia. Neal H. Moritz, who worked with Johnson on some of the Fast & Furious movies, Ori Marmur and Michael Uslan are also producing. F.J. DeSanto is co-producing.
The superhero title will be 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.
The actor also stars in the adaptation of Baywatch and the tentpole Fast 8 set for next summer, has a San Andreas sequel in the works and signed on for the remake of Jumanji.