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