Guillermo del Toro and David Eick Team-Up for New ‘Hulk’ TV Show

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Last week, Disney CEO Robert Iger  confirmed that Marvel TV and ABC were developing three television shows based on existing Marvel properties.  Earlier reports on this venture suggested that an updated version of The Incredible Hulk was always at the top of that list.

It was rumored that David Eick (Battlestar Galactica) and Guillermo del Toro would each be pitching their take on The Hulk, and at the time I expressed skepticism over del Toro’s involvement, given how frequently his name has been attributed to projects he had nothing to do with. Well, allow me to admit I was wrong –  and in this particular instance, I’m quite happy to be.

Deadline is reporting that Eick and del Toro will both have a hand in bringing The Incredible Hulk back to the small screen. The pair will write the pilot together and del Toro is interested in directing it if his schedule permits him to. While Eick has a considerable amount of television experience (including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and the Bionic Woman reboot), the series will mark del Toro’s first foray into TV.

The new show will focus on the Bruce Banner/Hulk character in his mid-20s and even though it’s another origin story, del Toro insists that it will be told in “a respectful but powerful way.”

Although The Hulk’s recent big screen appearances have been realized entirely with CGI, the show will also mix in prosthetics and puppetry. Not surprisingly, Del Toro will be heavily involved with the design of the character and will be drawing inspiration from the various comic book incarnations as well as the original 1978-82 series. Deadline claims fans can expect “a few wild tweaks on the old look.”

Given the enormous amount of preparation required for such an undertaking, the new Hulk series likely won’t premiere until the fall of 2012. If that’s the case, the show could benefit from the exposure Joss Whedon’s The Avengers gives the character that summer – despite the fact that each property seems to be operating within its own separate continuity.

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Guillermo del Toro and David Eick

I have to say, I’m completely on board with this. I already fully supported a new Hulk television show and the involvement of Guillermo del Toro and David Eick only sweetens the deal.  Not only is del Toro a guy who knows the comic book medium inside and out, he’s also a truly visionary filmmaker and storyteller. Pairing him with a TV vet like Eick (who seems to enjoy updating classic shows and characters) seems like a smart decision and I can’t wait to see what they come up with.

I also like that the show doesn’t seem to be tied to the Marvel movie universe. It’s a decision that I think frees them up creatively – not only in terms of casting and which characters they can use, but also for the overall tone and look of the series.

The Incredible Hulk has had his share of tumultuous travels into other mediums recently. It finally feels like he’s in good hands.

Source: Deadline

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  1. The new series has to be a television reboot it has nothing to do with the movies because it’s a different medium.

  2. Del Toro said he’s trying to put his own personal spin on the character and he said that the new series will have no movie connection.

    Del Toro said also that he’s inspired by Peter David and Jeph Loeb’s work.

  3. Fighting crooks was the same thing every episode in the old series, it was fine for it’s time but it wouldn’t work today.

    Monster of the week seems to be up Del Toro’s alley.

  4. Have Rick Jones be in the series because he was never used in either of the Hulk movies.

  5. Rick Jones could be like John Connor, a rebellious teen on a motorcycle who helps out with Banner on his search for a cure and the guilt that he messed up his life by going out on a testing range only to be saved by Bruce and get zapped by gamma rays.

  6. Del Toro’s plans for the series sound like a more original, modern retelling of the Hulk’s origins.

  7. The pilot is said to be airing soon after The Avengers in the pilot season and first season in the Autumn.

  8. How would you all feel about the new series being a loose sequel to the original series? would Marvel have a problem with it?

    If they did a loose sequel now they’ll probably reveal that Banner didn’t die from the fall instead went into deep hibernation, the down side it would lack any supporting characters or villains from the comics and use only the continuity of the Bixby/ Ferrigno show.