Long-gesting reboot officially moving forward.

Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that it has officially closed a deal with Shane Black (‘Iron Man 3,’ ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’) to co-write and direct a reboot of pulp hero ‘Doc Savage.’ Black, who co-wrote the screenplay with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, is said to be eyeing the film as his next project.

One of the most popular characters of the pulps of the 1930s and 40s, ‘Doc Savage’ was also popularized on radio and film. A scientist, physician, adventurer, inventor, explorer and researcher, Doc has been trained since birth to be nearly superhuman in every way, with outstanding strength, a photographic memory, and vast knowledge and intelligence. He uses his skills and powers to punish evil wherever in the world he finds it.

The reboot will be produced by Neal H. Moritz with Ori Marmur through Moritz’s production banner, Original Film. Michael Uslan is also producing.

Commenting on the announcement, Sony Pictures production president Hannah Hannah said: “We couldn’t be more excited to be building a franchise from the ground up with Shane and this team. Shane and Neal have a fantastic understanding of the character and a great take on the material and we can’t wait to get this production up and running.”