It's been almost two years since Dwayne Johnson confirmed he'd play Doc Savage in a film about the superhero from director Shane Black, but since then, the project has stalled. In a new update, Johnson says the film is in the midst of rights issues.
For fans of Doc Savage, the wait to finally see a film based on the pulp character who originated in the 1930s continues. There was almost a film in 1999 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, which stalled. Then a 2016 announcement that Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3) would write and direct a film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Doc Savage. But in a recent interview with Collider, Johnson updated the state of the project, and it seems like progress is slow due to some rights issues.
"That project had a few issues, not creative issues but more so business affairs issues — where the project once was, who had rights to it, where we were trying to move it to. There was a lot of that, which we’re still kind of working through," said Johnson.
Both parties have also been busy on other projects. Johnson's Rampage hits theaters April 13 and, Black's new Predator film is scheduled to be out in September. But will this Doc Savage film finally happen? Or is it destined to end much like the 1999 film?
Fingers crossed they're able to work out the issues and make it happen.