‘The Incredible Hulk’ TV Series is Just Waiting on A Writer

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:48 pm,

The Incredible Hulk TV Show Writer The Incredible Hulk TV Series is Just Waiting on A Writer

Mark Ruffalo had what arguably may have been the toughest gig of all the core actors featured in The Avengers, having to takeover the role of Edward Norton and step into the shoes of a character with pre-existing story roots. He was both the new guy and the familiar guy and his take on the character of Bruce Banner stood out as a fan-favorite.

The reception was so positive in fact, that as The Avengers traveled down its path of success to becoming the third top-grossing film of all time, Marvel’s President of Consumer Products, Paul Glitter, began name-dropping a new Marvel Studios feature film (The Incredible Hulk 2) for 2015 that would support Guillermo del Toro’s Hulk TV series.

Could this be the push the series needed to become a reality?

It was about a year and a half ago when we first heard the news that Marvel and ABC would be working together on several television projects, Hulk being the most high profile of the three (Jessica Jones and Cloak and Dagger being the other two), but development on the series has been slow. A year ago Guillermo del Toro had handed in an outline to ABC for the Hulk series but it seemed that unlike the original Bill Bixby The Incredible Hulk, the new one would depend on the character’s performance and popularity with his film incarnation.

Guillermo del Toro

The Jessica Jones project was canned but Hulk continued to develop slowly as Guillermo del Toro worked away on his upcoming sci-fi epic, Pacific Rim. Earlier this year however, a complete screenplay for the series was submitted and now that The Avengers has become a worldwide phenomenon and solidified itself (and its characters) among mainstream pop culture, del Toro and Marvel are in a good position to bring Hulk back to the small screen.

In chatting with Collider, del Toro explains that they have a writer selected and they’re just waiting for that person’s schedule to clear and when it does they’ll revise the script and go from there:

“I had one meeting with Marvel after Avengers and we had a very, very good chat. We have a writer that we want to bring on board, a very, very concrete name. I can’t reveal it, but we want to wait for that writer. It’s a writer who is otherwise engaged. So right now we are in a holding pattern until that writer becomes free. Then we’re going to do a new draft of the script.”

Having Hulk on the small screen at the same time as Ruffalo’s Hulk makes waves theatrically can be confusing/disappointing to those who want the series to gel with the shared cinematic universe, and it’s the same problem DC Comics faces with the upcoming Arrow on the CW. In that case – and with Smallville - Warner Bros. will not allow the TV show to touch upon the poster boy character of Batman as to not compete against Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, but audiences are smart enough to separate different takes on the character via different mediums.

The Hulk Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers  The Incredible Hulk TV Series is Just Waiting on A Writer

It would be a fanboy’s dream come true if somehow Ruffalo were to play the character on the Hulk TV series – especially if The Incredible Hulk 2 isn’t in the cards for Marvel Studios. Ruffalo grew up loving Bill Bixby’s Bruce Banner and used that as his inspiration for The Avengers. From what we heard from del Toro when he first became involved however, the show would follow Banner in his mid-twenties.

On the film side, Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014.


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Source: Collider

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  1. i dont know, imo superheros are too big for tv. They dont put much money into it and the hulk breaks and blows everything up. thats gonna cost some money and also how is he gonna look? he gonna be cgi? Smallville is a good example, i loved smallville (they screwed up in the middle but the last season was great) Doomsday was terrible and so much more was too because of money restrictions.

    • I’ll agree partially, heroes like Hulk, Ironman and anyone on that scale can’t really be done justice on TV yet. But I do think characters like Daredevil, The Punisher, Luke Cage, and other street level characters would be better on TV than in a movie.

      But since GDT is involved and Disney is funding it, maybe we will get a high budget show that would be needed…but I doubt it. I just don’t see the point of a Hulk show. Why add yet another actor as Bruce banner? Tv should be for the marvel characters who won’t be a big box office draw or need very little CGI to work.

      • Sure they can be done right, its just expensive.

  2. A high profile mystery writer? Who could it be? If that writer is Damon Lindelof, I’m out.

    • I wouldn’t be surprised if it is Lindelof. He knows Hulk from the books.

      • *Kyle punches computer screen in anger*

        Sorry, Hulked out for a second.

      • Damnit Rob…you called my bluff. I’d still watch. Angrily.

  3. Looking forward to this, hope to see Abomination, The Leader, and other strange Mutants in it tho.

    • “mutants” can’t be in this due to Fox owning them because of xmen. But if you mean monsters who mutate from accidents such as some of Hulk’s bad guys, then yes! :)

  4. Hope this tv show happens hope ruffalo comes back for it

  5. if they make it with big budget like a cinema movie,just for t.v,then i would watch it. the series in this decade and the last 3 years look sometimes better as the big screen movies. now look at – the walking dead- or -game of thrones-. that is high class cinema format.

  6. Ruffalo isn’t going to star in the TV show, so what’s the point? They’d be better off with a new film. The character has become even more popular after The Avengers, but a TV show, regardless of the pedigree involved just seems pointless.

    “From what we heard from del Toro when he first became involved however, the show would follow Banner in his mid-twenties”

    And what does that mean? The film will be set long before The Avengers and Incredible Hulk? If that’s true then it cannot possibly fit into the established Marvel Universe timeline. Bruce wasn’t in his twenties when he exposed himself, so it will either have to be a major retcon of some kind, or exist completely seperate from the films.
    Either is pointless.

    • It’s a separate story, not part of the films.

      • This will never see the light of day. And if it does, it’ll be cancelled after one season because the costs will be phenomenal.

        • I agree DrSam.

        • Agree.

  7. Not sure… At all..

    Tv show means often bad CGI due to budget restriction… It’s gonna be cheesy.

    • That’s why they got Del Toro (the first person I thought of when they announced the show). He can stretch a budget because he understands special effects. He also uses a lot of practical effects, so I would expect lots of costumes, motorized puppets, etc. Hulk doesn’t need to be CGI all of the time.

  8. The revenue that studios make now is in television, not movies. I say, offer Ruffalo 15 million a season and put it in a prime tv slot. The revenue they make from this show would justify the cost of having a big profile guy like Ruffalo being in the movie.

      • Would make the most sense right? And the most money… :)

      • It’s not though, it’s based on a much younger Banner not related to the films.

        • If they are rewriting the script, isn’t it too early to tell what it’s about? I mean it could change at any time….

  9. If they include SHIELD it could be good. I remember the Black Widow in Avengers telling Bruce Banner that SHIELD never lost track of him…… worked in the background to help him stay hidden. This opens up some doors for a bunch of good plots right there.

  10. I’m sure this will fall apart, just like everyone of the other 9000 projects Del Toro usually has going on at once.

  11. They could paint a bodybuilder green, that would lower the costs ;)

  12. i feel like if they actually go through with this its going to be one of those tv shows that dont get enough money for hdtv verry good CGI quality so your gunna see “the hulk” lurkin in the shadows and see some eyes maybe an arm and a leg here…no way should they do this its going to cost too much and flop…why dont they try something like a tv show based on hawkeye or something along those lines

  13. “We have a writer that we want to bring on board, a very, very concrete name.” – this is probably a crazy idea, but I’m gonna throw it out there: Joss Whedon?
    He’s done a lot of TV series’ in his career and I think we can all agree that he’s one of the main reasons why Hulk was so successful in The Avengers…
    It probably isn’t him though, but when I read the article he’s the first name that sprung to mind…

    Moving on though: I still stand by what I said a few months ago: if this series takes place in the MCU and has ties to the films, then I’m not really interested. They won’t be able to get Ruffalo to commit to a tv series, the VFX won’t be as good as expected unless they have a major budget and then there’s always the threat of continuity errors occurring.

    But it probably doesn’t even matter… like some of the other commentors said, this’ll most likely never see the light of day anyway.

    • I had the exact same thought about the writer, and that would be awesome, but that won’t be happening most likely.

  14. How can it follow Bruce Banner in his mid-twenties. He’d still be working towards his Phd, LOOONG before he becomes the Hulk, what would the show be about? Him working on his master thesis ” Using gamma radiating to ‘Go Green’ “.

  15. I’m game! Del Toro seems like a good pick to me and I love the Hulk!

  16. If the HMFIC at Marvel can’t foresee that a Hulk TV show is a train wreck waiting to happen, he should ask the idiot who thought that the Terminator series was a good idea to do just before Terminator: Salvation. It watered down interest in that franchise BIG TIME.

  17. 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.

  18. A quasi sequel to the Bixby/ Ferrigno you wouldn’t have to worry about being faithful to the Marvel universe, only have David Banner and Jack McGee.

  19. Joss Whedon is doing a Marvel themed Avengers show set in the Avengers universe for ABC maybe not Hulk as some people thought who was the mystery new writer for the Hulk show, so the mystery new writer who is set to do a rewrite might be someone like Damon Lindelof.

  20. It seems that the masses liked the original and Avengers Hulk more because he didn’t have his supporting cast and villains, maybe they would like the new series without them, just Banner and Hulk alone.

  21. I really cannot see the hulk tv show becoming a reality imagine the budget ?

  22. I want to see a New Hulk TV series with new actor that could play Bruce Banner in his mid 20″ s looks like Bill Bixby and Edward Norton .

  23. I loved the Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno series but hated the movie version of the Hulk with a passion. If they do a series like the Comic Books, it won’t last a year.