If the initial news that ABC Studios and Marvel TV were developing a new live-action television series based on the comic book superhero, The Incredible Hulk, wasn’t enough to have you jumping up and down with excitement, well…this just might help.
Deadline is reporting that visual mastermind Guillermo del Toro and David Eick, who helped create, develop, write, and produce Battlestar Galactica with Ronald D. Moore, are joining creative forces to help bring this new Incredible Hulk incarnation to life.
The duo will work together to craft the perfect pilot storyline, which Eick will write the script for and del Toro might just direct…if his ridiculous schedule allows him to, of course. Del Toro will also oversee the design of the Hulk himself, and how they’ll take previous versions of the character and utilize them in creating their own vision of the massive, green hero. Even better, word is that the Hulk will not be all CGI as we’re used to seeing in movies these days. Instead, they’ll use a combination of prosthetics, CGI, and puppetry to attempt to deliver the ultimate new visual embodiment of this intimidating force.
As for the show itself, it sounds like they’ll be starting with the origins, as should be no surprise. The main character will still be Bruce Banner, a physicist in his 20s with his whole life ahead of him when his other half comes to be. Nothing else is known of the storyline thus far.
Of the announcement, del Toro said “I have always been attracted at the combination of comic book heroics and monsters — Jack Kirby’s Demon or Kamandi or DC’s Deadman or Marvel’s Dr. Strange, Morbius, Metamorpho, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, etc,” and noted his attempt at directing a Hulk feature in 2002. He also touched on his new partnership with Eick, saying “we coalesced a respectful but powerful way of retelling the Banner/Hulk story in a fresh way.”
Nothing is official yet in terms of when the show will be ready — it’s still in the earliest of stages — but whispers have Marvel wanting it to premier not too long after the release of The Avengers in 2012, which will feature Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk.