Guillermo del Toro: Hulk TV Show Is Progressing

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:26 am,

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We haven’t heard much about the Incredible Hulk television series since ABC started pre-production, but Guillermo del Toro wants to assure fans that production is moving forward. The director recently finished outlines for the show and spoke with Fear Net about his version of the iconic hero.

Hulk was announced last November as one of the first live-action productions to take advantage of Marvel’s new parent company, Disney. Other comic-based shows currently in pre-production for an ABC debut are AKA Jessica Jones (based on the Alias comics) and Cloak and Dagger, though there has been even less  revealed about the other two.

Del Toro has been working with David Eick, the producer of the well-recieved Battlestar Galactica reboot, on the new Hulk series. The pair have completed the beginning stages of the writing process by planning the initial plot and structure for Hulk.

“We turned in the outline to ABC about four weeks ago. And then we did a rewrite for ABC on the outline, and now we are lining up the pages.”

Del Toro’s unique work on films like Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth and Splice have given Hulk fans hope that he could bring something new to the table. To hear del Toro tell it, the new show will be a very different beast than the original 1970s TV show and the 2003 and 2008 movies, not to mention Mark Ruffalo‘s portrayal in the upcoming Avengers movie. When asked if there would be differences in the new version, Del Toro had this to say:

“I think so. Or we wouldn’t be trying it. Actually, one of the points of this project early on with Marvel, was ‘We’re going to do this thing different, and here’s how. Are you interested?’ And they were.”

There’s still no word on the talent on either side of the camera, though it’s safe to assume that Ruffalo’s movie star salary puts him out of consideration. While Marvel and Disney are certainly ready to put the smashing green giant on the small screen, there are still a lot of pitfalls on the way to a new series.

Marvel’s new relationship with Disney has many comic fans excited about the prospects for television. Superhero TV shows have taken a beating this year with The Cape getting shut down before finishing its first season and Wonder Woman dying in the pilot stage. Syfy’s Alphas and FX’s Powers pilot project will attempt to reverse the trend later this year.


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Source: Fear Net via MTV

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  1. The Marvel Television vice president Jeph Leob have the best top 10th on the list of new live action Series,in developemnt like The Incredible Hulk,Jessica Jones,and the punisher for the fall of 2012.

  2. There was no anouncement back in January that it was greenlit so they might greenlght it next January which is the time of the year were pilots and TV shows get greenlit.

    Because of the success of The Avengers they hope now to have a another solo Hulk movie by 2015.

    Updates are not predictions things are liable to change.

  3. I just heard that it maybe in develpment for 2013-14 season but Jessica Jones is stalled.

    Because of the success of The Avengers they decideed to fast track it.

  4. Think with Del Toro involved he’ll make it more of a monster oriented series?

  5. If it isn’t the Hulk from the Avengers, then who cares?! Also, there is not enough $ to make the CG Hulk look good enouthg, so we’ll have banner 85 % per episode and the Hulk in dark areas for 15 %. Marvel is screwing the pooch. Give us Incredible Hulk 2 with Mark Ruffalo and the same Hulk from the Avengers! ’nuff said.

  6. Edward Norton no longer interested in superhero roles and comicbook films.

  7. Before they said about recycling the Avengers Hulk(Problem about reusing the Hulk from The Avengers is that he looks like Mark Ruffalo) Del Toro said the Hulk would be a mix of prosthetics and CGI wither they’re still going by that we don’t know?

    If the Hulk is going to be a mix of prosthetics and CGI it would mean that Hulk would be a guy in a green muscle suit and the transformations will be CG.

  8. I’m a huge fan of the classic incredible hulk. Infact, I accually cried when I heard that Bill Bixby died. I was in high school at the time. Even till this day I still wish he was still here. I’m not just a fan of the classic but a hulk fan period. I hope that this new hulk tv series will be a huge sucsess but even if it is, my passion is still & always will be to the classic.

  9. I want the Hulk to be in the Avengers 2 movie.

  10. hulk é o melhor hulk esmaga

  11. Guillermo (if you ever read this post) I personally believe you have the chance to do something really special here. I know you say you are going to do something different the 70′s TV show and the movies…the latter of which I am very pleased about. A Fully CGI Hulk looses out on the chance to bring realism to the character (as ironic as that sounds).

    I used to love old Incredible Hulk Series. In my view all of the digital incarnations of the Hulk, from the 2003 movie through to the HULK in the Avengers, look good but ultimately don’t work purely because they are digitally created. CGI has it’s place, it worked really well in Jurassic Park, and other movies such as Independence day, 2012 and Pacific Rim but generally speaking it gets over used.

    I am totally on board with the trend in the Horror movie business to move back towards physical special effects. Because we know that CGI is a digital film making device and therefore anything created with CGI is not real, this takes us away from the reality of the story. Therefore CGI special effects in a horror movie damage it’s plausibility and consequently the ‘shock horror’ effect which is precisely what that genre is trying to achieve.

    The reason a lot of people (who were around to watch it) prefer the old Incredible Hulk TV series is that a real person was used to portray the Hulk. However silly you may think his hair cut or eyebrows looked, this ultimately gave it realism, because you are aware that it’s a real, physical being rather than a digitally created one.

    Let’s take a moment and look at the Spiderman movies…they use a real guy in a suit for the close ups and scenes that don’t involve any superhuman stunts, and for those that do, they seamlessly edit the actor or stuntman in the suit into a CGI character, and back again. This works. If you imagine a completely CGI Spiderman acting next to humans, that would look weird and you wouldn’t enjoy the film as much.

    So, in the light of that, why is the Hulk done in this way? In your new TV show, it would be FAR better you could stay a little loyal to the TV series and used an actor (I know, a difficult task since he would need to be 7 foot tall or over, built like a brick s*** house as well as having a decent amount of acting ability) to play the Hulk in close up scenes then edit him with a digitally created version for the superhuman ability scenes. This would work really well.

    There are things we can learn from the 70′s TV show. It worked for the following reasons:

    1. The writing, directing and performances by Bill Bixby. He was an expert in making you really believe the story, ultimately buying in to the fact that he was s*** scared of changing into the Hulk and causing havoc, not knowing whether he would kill or not.

    2. Fear factor, this was built up by the above but it was that one moment, where David Banner was being beaten by some adversaries, thrown around like a rag doll, until finally, he would fall behind a desk or cabinet, and as the music built to a crescendo, lift his head up with a shocked look on his face and piercing white eyes…the moment the director Kenneth Johnson describes as ‘The point of no return’. This used to give me goosebumps and a feeling of excitement, knowing that the bad guys were in for a whole load of pain. The movies loose that moment, it doesn’t exist in any of them.

    3. It was cleverly aimed at an adult audience as well as being attractive to kids. Kenneth Johnson admits that he wanted his TV series to be psychologically disturbing, that he wanted you to feel the angst, pain and fear that David Banner felt. He wanted to steer away from it being too camp. Which is why he changed the name Bruce banner to David Banner.

    4. The metamorphosis needs to be longer as well, in the movies it all happens way too quickly and again because you don’t see real, physical clothes ripping and tearing off David Banner’s body, that it’s all done with CGI, it looses it’s realism. Essentially this metamorphosis would be the same kind of thing as when a guy changes into a werewolf in movies (some of them anyway!). Look at An American Werewolf in London, and the scene where David Kessler changes into the beast. It’s very drawn out using ONLY physical prosthetics a scene for which Rick Baker won an award. You can see the pain and agony the guy is going through as his bones crunch and muscles disfigure. This should be the same for David Banner.

    5. Realistic situations – Being a fugitive and traveling around the states, always on the run, hiding and finding work where ever he can, the situations he used to find himself in were more realistic than in the movies, especially the avengers. Audiences need to have a reference point, problems, situations and environments they can relate to.

    It saddens me when movie makers throw away the chance to make this as realistic and horrific as possible in places (because, let’s face it, in reality it would be) purely for marketing and merchandising reasons. Because they need to rake back the money they’ve spent on CGI by aiming it primarily at kids in order to sell a wide range of toys. Then, a few years down the line they feel the need to remake the movie, because it wasn’t good enough. I mean, where does this end???

    So, for me, the main elements from the old TV series that should transfer to the new one are:

    1. Use a physically huge actor with a dominating screen presence, someone who is unknown would be best.

    2. The threat – the build of in scene where David (or ‘Bruce’) Banner is being threatened and in physical danger, either from assailants or an accident.

    3. The change sequence – pain, shock, horror, and the ‘point of no return’ ‘white eye’ moment. Don’t use green eyes, they are no where near as menacing.

    4. Take note of the 70′s TV series soundtrack, it was a classic and really helped build up the tension. The same kind of soundtrack and signature themes would work well and pay homage to it.

    5. Realistic story lines and situations.

    Bring back a live action Hulk using what I would call ‘RCGI’ (Required Computer Graphics Imagery), which means, don’t just use CGI for the sake of it, be clever and cautious with it, use it sparingly and only when absolutely necessary…that’s what I say, it’s the only way this is going to work well in my honest opinion that is ;-)

    • Marc, I totally agree with the use of a real actor and only CGI when absolutely necessary. There are body builders presently bigger than even Lou was back then. And if you go back to the early graphic novels when the hulk first came out he really wasn’t much bigger than some of the present day body builders. The original TV series was great because it focused more on the suffering of Banner and all that he lost, you felt for the guy. Far different then the responses of people today who are more interested in just seeing things smashed. In short the 70′s series had character and was not surrounded by fans who desire to be entertained without compassion.