Dwayne Johnson, Shane Black’s Doc Savage Movie Stalled by Rights Issues

“That project had a few issues, not creative issues but more so business affairs issues.”

Dwayne Johnson and Shane Black’s Doc Savage film adaptation has run into some problems.

In an interview with Collider, Johnson shared an update on the project, which is based on the classic pulp magazines that follow the titular hero who was born with extraordinary ability and strength. According to Johnson, the movie is yet to officially happen due to rights issues, as him and Black still want to make it

“First of all, love Shane Black and we’ve had multiple meetings on that project that we were going to work on,” Johnson said. “Right now, Shane’s doing things. I’m doing things.”

“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.”

Black is currently busy working on the new Predator film, opening in theaters on September 14. Meanwhile, Johnson has the new Rampage film coming out this weekend, as well as Skyscraper hitting theaters on July 13. Even if the Doc Savage movie doesn’t happen, Johnson still very much plans on working with Black in the future.

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“At the end of the day, Shane’s such a spectacular writer or director, but whether it’s that project or something else, we’ve made a pact that we’re going to work together at some point in our careers,” Johnson said.

For IGN’s thoughts on Rampage, read our review to find out why we think it is “utterly ridiculous, campy, yet also self-aware enough to be kinda sorta dumb fun.” And if you want more of The Rock, here are his 10 best movies.

Alex Gilyadov is a freelance writer for IGN. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel and follow him on Twitter.


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