When your film grosses $175 million domestically during its opening weekend and raises its two week total to just north of $700 million, chances are you're going to be getting another gig very soon. Such is the case with Shane Black, whose Iron Man 3 shot to the top of the box office this past weekend like Tony Stark on a test flight.
So what's next for Black? Looks like another superhero movie.
Sony has announced that they have signed Black to co-write and direct an adaptation of '30s and '40s pulp hero Doc Savage.
The title character, Clark Savage Jr. was first introduced in 1933 as a physician, scientist, inventor, reseracher and adventurer who possessed great strength, a photographic memory and martial arts skills. Doc Savage made it to the big screen in 1975 with Ron Ely playing the character in Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.
Black told Hero Complex that he wanted to follow Iron Man 3 with "an adventure picture. I'm more interested in things that obsess me, things that catch my attention and ignite any kind of passion I have. Working is when I'm most comfortable. I have to be working on something I love."
Savage is like Tony Stark in some ways, if Stark had been around in the 1930s. Both possess a wide range of inventions that they've built, many of them becoming reality including hand-held automatic weapons, night vision goggles and even pedestrian things like answering machines and television.
Are you excited to see what kind of story Black will piece together? Who do you think should play Doc Savage?