The 86th Floor
Doc Savage:
The Man of Bronze

A new Doc Savage movie is in the works starring Arnold Schwarzenegger! Say what you want about the casting, Arnold's name has gotten Castle Rock Pictures to pick up the project, and gotten people talking about the Man of Bronze!

What's really exciting, though, is the producing & directing team involved, Chuck Russell (The Mask, Eraser) and academy award nominee Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Young Indiana Jones Chronicles). Fans who fear the "mainstreaming" of Doc -- updating the character, streamlining the cast, adding a love interest -- may have nothing to worry about with Darabont involved. Remember Shawshank Redemption, which he scripted and directed? That was a period piece with a large all-male cast. And it didn't do too badly at the box office, either. (Also, one of my favorite films.)

Okay, but what about Arnold? To tell you the truth, now that he's older, I think he's a good choice. How can a filmmaker better convey that Doc Savage is the ultimate action hero, than to have Arnold Schwarzenegger step through the doors of that penthouse apartment? We all think about strength and intelligence, but probably the most important quality Doc has that needs to come across on screen is his presence. People notice him. Men follow him. He commands every room he steps into. Arnold can convey this very believably.

And if, like many films that get announced in Variety, the new Doc Savage doesn't get made, that's okay too. The announcement about the film has gotten people talking about Doc. It's raised awareness of the character, increased his status, and reignited Doc fandom.

Variety Article
This article, from the July 7, 1999 issue of Daily Variety contains as much as we know about the new Doc Savage film. Which is not a whole lot, but what's here is very encouraging.

Other Articles (links): Ain't-It-Cool News

Teaser Trailers
I can't wait for this film: I can't wait for the fast food tie-ins; I can't wait for the trailer; and I can't even wait for the teaser for the trailer. I mean, I really can't. So I've set about coming up with my own. I doctored some Bama artwork with Arnold's face, thought up a few catchy slogans, and added some music, sound and movement. Requires Macromedia Flash 3.0 Plug-In (or later).

Teaser Trailer I (204k)
Teaser Trailer II (126k)

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