Lethal Weapon screenwriter set to direct Doc Savage

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Shane Black, who turned Mel Gibson into a Lethal Weapon, will be directing a screen version of Doc Savage, one of the greatest superheroes of the pulp era, Variety reported.

Black, who was one of the highest-paid screenwriters of late '80s and early '90s, thanks to his scripts for Lethal Weapon and The Long Kiss Goodnight, has turned to directing in recent years, beginning with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, starring Robert Downey Jr. Black will be working from a screenplay he's writing with Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry.

The superhuman adventurer, inventor, explorer and crime fighter, also known as the Man of Bronze, was created to capitalize on the sucess of the earlier pulp hero the Shadow. His adventures ran in Doc Savage Magazine from 1933 to 1949.

Whatever Black has planned for Doc Savage, we can safely assume that he won't be taking the hero in the same direction that George Pal did in his tongue-in-cheek 1975 film Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.

Check out a clip in all its campy glory below.

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