At this point we have to wonder if Dwayne Johnson has a cloned himself. How can he be attached to so many films? The actor recently finished his R-rated version of Baywatch, is currently filming Fast 8 (with producer rumblings of that his Hobbs will get his own solo spinoff film soon), and the entertainer is also attached to a Jumanji reboot, a San Andreas sequel, a Big Trouble in Little China remake, two more Journey films, Rampage and Shazam! Oh and this summer he has season two of Ballers and the Kevin Hart action-comedy, Central Intelligence in theaters. That’s not even counting the movies he’s considering.
Well, one movie that he was rumored to be considering is now official. While you were busy grilling up hamburgers on Memorial Day, The Rock was cooking up movie deals. Johnson is now confirmed to star in Shane Black‘s Doc Savage. He relayed the information in a Facebook photo post that featured Black and his co-writing team of Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry and producer Hiram Garcia (on display at the bottom of this page).
Here’s Johnson’s description of the famous comic character:
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.
Black and Bagarozzi recently co-wrote a pair of detectives who had zero social graces and whose every interaction with others were direct, odd, often uncomfortable and amazingly hilarious in The Nice Guys (currently in theaters), so this take on Savage sounds perfect for them. Aside from Johnson’s character description, here’s a little extra info: Clark “Doc” Savage was molded by his father to superhuman levels, affording Savage strength, martial arts abilities, and vast amounts of knowledge. So brains, brawn, and a lack of social graces.
“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,” Black told Collider in a 2013 interview. “The idea of ‘What if Jimmy Stewart were a stone-cold killer?’ basically. It’s that kind of combination which we enjoy,” though he later clarified in an email to us, “He always tempered his violent skills with kindness and a social conscience, preferring never to take human life.” Sounds like a nice fit to us.
Sony will release Doc Savage, although it currently doesn’t have a release date and Black first has his new Predator film. But, now that it’s official, what do you think? Are you on board with Johnson’s casting as “Doc” Savage? Sound off in the comments below.