Making a nice trifecta with his big Marvel movie, one would be derived from a popular manga, the other from some classic pulp novels.
So here's what Black had to tell me about the film adaptations of Death Note and Doc Savage that he's hoping to make.
Right now I've got this thing at Warner Bros. called Death Note that I like a lot. It's a Japanese Manga that's very tense and really cool. And also something at Sony I'm really excited about, something that as a kid I loved. It's Doc Savage, the old series of pulp novels and doing Doc Savage right, finding the way to get that script correct has been one of the guiding passions of my adult life. If I can get that script and make it happen in the next 90 days or so then I'd love to make that.
We would start writing a draft when I get back from this. Three months is about the time in which we get a draft. We should be able to do it in 90 days, me and Chuck Mondry and Anthony Baggarozzi, my writing partners.
Chuck wrote the The Cold Warrior and Anthony is working on something for him to direct. He's been my friend forever and hes a co-writer on Doc Savage. He also wrote something with me called The Nice Guys which never got made but we did a reading in Austin with Tom Jane and we got a very good reaction from that.
Black was attached to direct the spy thriller The Cold Warrior a few years back; it seems to have pretty much stalled now, sadly. It's good to know that Death Note and Doc Savage are very much ongoing concerns, though – and with Savage being actively kept in focus, I hope we'll be hearing more about it soon.
Won't be easy casting that lead role, though…