Shane Black Talks DOC SAVAGE, Trying to Be True to the Character, and Finding a Tall Actor for the Role

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Shane Black has picked up a lot of clout after directing Iron Man 3.  Directing the year’s biggest box office success will do that.  His next project is an adaptation of the 1930s pulp Doc Savage.  The eponymous character has been described as “a mix of Sherlock Holmes’ deductive abilities, Tarzan’s outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy’s scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln’s goodness.”  In a recent interview, Black says Savage is kind of a proto-Superman, and he’s trying to keep the “goody-goody” aspect of the character, but also aiming to go more in depth with his personality.

Hit the jump for what he had to say about his take on Doc Savage, and the challenge of casting the right actor.

Shane Black Talks IRON MAN 3, the Mandarin Reveal, THE LAST BOY SCOUT, DOC SAVAGE, and More

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A few days ago, we landed an exclusive video interview with Shane Black backstage at the Saturn Awards.  During the wide-ranging interview, he talked about working with Marvel on Iron Man 3,  the Mandarin, the fan reaction to the surprising twist, a deleted scene with Ashley Hamilton, did he have plans for a sequel to The Last Boy Scout, how the spec market has changed for screenwriters and his advice for writers wanting to get into the business.  In addition, he talked about his very first script, his Doc Savage movie, the brace on his wrist, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Shane Black Talks DOC SAVAGE; Confirms 1930s Setting and Describes It as “What if Jimmy Stewart Were a Stone-Cold Killer?” [UPDATED]

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Coming off the massive success of Iron Man 3, it’s safe to say that co-writer/director Shane Black probably had his pick of the litter when it came to choosing his follow-up project.  Despite this fact, the filmmaker admirably chose to return to a bit of a passion project for his next film, an adaptation of the 1930s and 40s pulp fiction hero Doc Savage.  The character’s heroic personality and penchant for quests makes for a promising start to an entertaining feature film, but in the hands of a genius screenwriter like Black, this Doc Savage movie has the makings of something really, really special.

We caught up with Black at the Saturn awards, and he was gracious enough to talk a bit about Doc Savage.  Black confirmed that the film will retain the 1930s setting, and wonderfully described the title character as “what if Jimmy Stewart were a stone-cold killer?”  Hit the jump to read on. [Update: Black has reached out to us and offered a clarification with regards to Savage being described as a "stone-cold killer."  Read his comments after the jump.]

BOND 24 Director Search Continues; Nicolas Winding Refn, Shane Black, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, and David Yates Under Consideration [UPDATED]

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After Sam Mendes opted not to return to helm the upcoming 24th installment of the James Bond franchise, Eon and Sony Pictures have been on the hunt for a new director with an eye towards getting the next film out by 2016.  While rumors swirled recently that Christopher Nolan was considering the job, the notion seemed highly unlikely because A.) he’s busy prepping to shoot Interstellar this summer and B.) he has already stated in the past that he’d like to direct a Bond film when he can reboot the franchise with a new actor.

Following Mendes’ Skyfall will be no small task, but it appears that Eon and Sony are aiming for the cream of the filmmaking crop as directors such as Ang Lee, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Iron Man 3 helmer Shane Black have reportedly been considered for the director’s chair.  Hit the jump for more. [Update: Now Deadline reports that Sam Mendes has changed his mind and is in talks to return to helm Bond 24.  Read the full story here.]

Shane Black to Next Direct DOC SAVAGE for Sony

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As the director of the film with the second highest grossing opening weekend of all time, Iron Man 3 co-writer and helmer Shane Black has likely been inundated with a number of offers over the past few days.  However, it appears that the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director will be making his next project a property that he’s already been developing for some time.  Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that Black will co-write and direct Doc Savage as his next film.  The pic is a feature film adaptation of a popular character from the 1930s and 40s.  Doc Savage has been described as “a mix of Sherlock Holmes’ deductive abilities, Tarzan’s outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy’s scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln’s goodness,” and so it provides a nice adventure avenue for which Black to imbue with his distinctive sensibilities.

Black recently told Steve that he was still planning on making Doc Savage and seemed to hint that it could be his next film, and this press announcement from Sony confirms that the director is eyeing Savage as his follow-up to Iron Man 3.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

Watch the Supremely Entertaining IRON MAN 3 End Credits Sequence [Updated]

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Judging by the massive box office take for Iron Man 3, most of you probably caught the latest Marvel film last week.  While the pic’s twists and turns were met with a decidedly mixed response from diehard comics fans, most agree that co-writer/director Shane Black crafted a highly entertaining pic to kick off Marvel’s Phase Two.  The film was capped by a fantastic end credits sequence that plays almost like the intro for a Saturday morning cartoon (“It’s Iron Man and Friends!”), and that sequence has now landed online in full for our viewing pleasure.

Hit the jump to watch the credits sequence, and click here to catch the latest episode of our podcast The Collision in which we talk all things Iron Man 3. [Update: Unfortunately the video has been pulled.  Sorry if you missed it!]

THE COLLISION: Episode 44 – Marvel Phase Two, Shane Black, and IRON MAN 3

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This week on The Collision on a spoiler-filled episode, we are joined by editor Brendan Bettinger, who I thank for filling in for me due to my moderate speech impediment as a result of recent jaw surgery.  Along with regulars Adam and Dave, they discuss Iron Man 3, Marvel Phase Two, the distinct voice of director and co-writer Shane Black, fidelity to the comics, and more.  As always, we wrap up with recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Television, Race, Diversity, and Auteur Showrunners”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

IRON MAN 3 Review

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There are almost as many concepts floating around in Iron Man 3 as there are suits of armor.  The only difference is that the armors have a clearly defined purpose.  In an attempt to bring Tony Stark back to basics, his latest outing is a strangely bloated affair that still manages to be an incredibly fun thanks to the hilarious comedy and exhilarating action.  Without question, it’s the funniest and most exciting of the trilogy, but it’s also surrounded by a host of underdeveloped ideas relating to notions of desperation, augmentation, and obfuscation, not to mention the aftershock of The Avengers.  Like riding in one of the Iron Man suits, it’s a bumpy but highly enjoyable ride.

Kevin Feige Talks THE AVENGERS 2, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver

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The wait is almost over for Shane Black’s Iron Man 3, which debuts in the States on Friday, May 3rd.  However, if you’re looking ahead to the rest of Marvel’s Phase Two slate of films, we’ve got a few nibbles of information to pique your interest.  Since there’s currently no Iron Man 4 on Marvel’s lineup, it’s looking like Robert Downey Jr.’s next appearance as the armored Avenger will be in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers 2.  But who else will be joining him?

Hit the jump for more on Iron Man 3 from Downey Jr., Black, Gwyneth Paltrow and Marvel’s Kevin Feige, along with updates on The Avengers 2 and Captain America: The Winter SoldierSpoilers ahead.

Kevin Feige and Shane Black Talk IRON MAN 3, Deleted Scenes, If They Ever Considered the Demon in the Bottle Storyline, DOC SAVAGE and More

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With writer-director Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 now playing around the world and opening in America this weekend, I recently got to speak with the cast and filmmakers here in Los Angeles.  During my video interview with Black and Marvel President Kevin Feige, we talked about if they considered doing the demon in the bottle storyline, deleted scenes (they’re going to save some for the eventual Phase 2 box set), what’s the status of Black’s Doc Savage movie, and more.  In addition, Feige reveals that it was Robert Downey Jr. who helped come up with the tag at the end of the credits.  Hit the jump to watch.

Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and Director Shane Black Talk IRON MAN 3, Giving up the F-Word for PG-13, and the Christmas Setting

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Kicking off the blockbuster movie season, Marvel Studios is releasing Iron Man 3 on May 3rd.  This time out, brilliant billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), aka Iron Man, faces a terrifying enemy, known as The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley), whose reach knows no bounds, and he must rely on his own instincts to protect those that he loves.  From director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), the film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow (“Pepper Potts”), Don Cheadle (“James Rhodes”), Guy Pearce (“Aldrich Killian”), Rebecca Hall (“Maya Hansen”) and Jon Favreau (“Happy Hogan”).

During this press conference at the film’s Los Angeles junket, co-stars Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall, along with Shane Black, talked about the ambitions for Iron Man 3, the version that will be shown in China with additional footage, giving up the use of the F-word for the PG-13 film, why Christmas was the right setting for the story, what made this version of The Mandarin the perfect villain, and working with co-star Robert Downey, Jr.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

IRON MAN 3 Review; Watch a Spoiler-Free Video Reaction

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After the worldwide success of Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers, writer-director Shane Black stepped into an almost unwinnable situation helming Iron Man 3.  While he would have Marvel’s biggest star, Robert Downey Jr., he wouldn’t be able to call on the rest of the Marvel universe for help, and fan expectations for the third installment were sky high.  But even though the cards were stacked against him, I’m happy to report that Iron Man 3 is a rousing success.  Not only is Black’s script fantastic and laugh out loud funny, he’s also crafted some amazing action set pieces and created a villain that everyone will be talking about.  Continued after the jump.

Shane Black and Producer Neal Moritz Talk DOC SAVAGE; Black Is “Back on It” with the Aim of It Being His Next Film

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While Shane Black’s skills as a screenwriter have been more than proven with films like Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, and The Monster Squad, he also showed himself to be an immensely talented director with the fantastic 2005 gem Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.  A few years ago he signed on to write and direct a feature film iteration of the 1930s and 40s pul fiction hero Doc Savage, but his plans for that film were deterred a bit when Marvel sought Black out to come on and helm the highly anticipated Iron Man 3.

Steve recently spoke with Black at the Iron Man 3 junket and also with producer Neal Moritz in a separate, extended interview, and both provided some very promising updates on Doc Savage, saying the film is back on track with the goal of making it Black’s next film.  Hit the jump for more.

Robert Downey Jr. and Director Shane Black Explain the Extremis Technology in New IRON MAN 3 Featurette

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A new featurette for the Shane Black-directed sequel Iron Man 3 has been released online.  Its primary focus is to explain Extremis, the technology used by Ben Kingsley’s The Mandarin to pull off his terrorist tactics and inflict chaos in the world of Tony Stark.  Black and producer Kevin Feige explain the basics of Extremis and how it works in the human body to generate a new breed of unstoppable human beings.  We also get a bit of insight from James Badge Dale on why this new technology appealed to him in relation to his character.  Robert Downey Jr. seems particularly amused by the concept, citing it as one of the things he’s most excited about in the film.

Hit the jump to watch the new featurette.  If you missed the first two clips, you can check them out here and here.  The film also stars Gwyneth PaltrowGuy PearceDon CheadleRebecca Hall, and Jon Favreau.  Iron Man 3 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 3rd.

6 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from IRON MAN 3

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If I know our readers, you want to see as much of you can of Iron Man 3.  You are in luck: Marvel has released six minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the superhero sequel.  It is nice to see Robert Downey Jr. play with all the different suits (although there is a notable amount of plainclothes action) and do some of his own stunts.  But for me the big revelation is that Tony Stark appears to spend a good deal of bonding time with a young kid (Ty Simpkins).

Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, and Ben Kingsley co-star.  Directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Iron Man 3 opens May 3.  Watch the B-roll after the break.

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