Shane Black, now confirmed as one of the hottest directors in town after Iron Man 3 swept past $711m worldwide this week,, has closed his deal to direct Doc Savage for Columbia Pictures and Original Film.

Black co-wrote the screenplay with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry based on the hero of pulp novels, films and comic books.

Neal Moritz is producing with Ori Marmur through his Original Film label alongside Michael Uslan.

Doc Savage rose to fame in the 1930s and 1940s and is a scientist-explorer trained at birth to be nearly superhuman in every way. The character uses his vast intellect, photographic memory and strength to punish evil wherever it dwells.

Sam Dickerman and Lauren Abrahams will oversee the title for Columbia Pictures along with president of production Hannah Minghella.

Black is represented by David Greenblatt, WME and his attorney Alan Hergott.