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Incredible Hulk TV Revival Moving Ahead, Guillermo Del Toro Says

NBC may have rejected David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman pilot, the other television superhero revival, ABC’s slow-brewing Incredible Hulk, remains very much alive.

“We turned in the outline to ABC about four weeks ago,” filmmaker Guillermo del Torro, who’s developing the series with David Eick, tells FEARnet. “And then we did a rewrite for ABC on the outline, and now we are lining up the pages.”

Announced in October, just two weeks after Warner Bros. unveiled its Wonder Woman plans, the Hulk revival is thought to be a priority for Marvel’s fledgling television division. The revival, which would mark the character’s first appearance on live-action television since 1982 1990, is reportedly being targeted for a fall 2012 premiere.

Eick, executive producer of the Battlestar Galactica remake, is working with del Toro on the pilot story and will write the script. Del Toro, meanwhile, will oversee the design of the Green Goliath, expected to be a blend of prosthetics, puppetry and computer animation. If he has time, he’ll also direct the pilot.

Asked by FEARnet whether this Hulk will be different from what we’ve seen before, del Torro replied, “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.”

Also in the pipeline from Marvel and ABC Studios are live-action series featuring Cloak & Dagger and Jessica Jones.


  • Zaki Hasan

    Well, there were three TV movies from ’88 to ’90, so technically this wouldn’t be his FIRST appearance in live action since 1982.

  • Jake Estrada

    Hope this project succeeds. 

  • I_Captain Blanco

    Two thoughts:

    Didn’t David Eick write or co-write the dreadful BIONIC WOMAN remake?



  • Trcarter1

    It will be a mistake not to have the new Hulk be a real person and mostly an unprosthethic person.
    I think this is the only way to make both sides of the character connect with each other and with the audience.

  • Zor-El of Argo

    Marvel continues to miss the point… it’s the over-the-top CGI Hulk that made two movies tank, not the guys playing Banner. Get one of those gorillas from the WWF and paint him green. Trust me, those wrestlers are good enough actors to play Hulk.

  • Fluffy6079

    One could hardly say that the Marvel Studios Hulk movie “tanked.”  Including DVD sales, Incredible Hulk has earned $321,875,831 according to Wikipedia.  

  • Rene

    Zor-El is right. Hulk should be a frightening, destructive force of nature. The CGI Hulk in both movies just screamed “SILLY” and took me right out of the story.

  • hanks

    xfactor needs to be a tv series

  • Jacob

    That number is out of date. By a lot. So the earnings are even higher.

  • Anonymous

    It’s difficult to imagine any human actor being able to portray “a frightening, destructive force of nature”. At least not without some form of CGI.
    Frankly, despite the naysayers, I’m not sure it’s possible to convey the *Incredible* power, size and strength that the Hulk should possess without animation of some sort. It just hasn’t yet been done well enough to please the majority. I was able to swallow the same pill of disbelief when watching the movies that I take when reading the comics, and found the movies to be enjoyable.

  • demoncat_4

    hopefuly with Del torro helping the thing becomes a hit. for curious to see what the hulks final look will look like.

  • Ryan

    Is this going to be in some sort of continuity with the films or is it not a spin off like that?

  • Eightiesologist

    Wait you’re saying Marvel misses the point by having a CGI Hulk instead of a huge wrestler. But isn’t that missing the point that the Hulk in fact is not a slightly larger, muscle-headed guy but an actual unstoppable force who has always been portrayed as much larger than humans? I think the original TV show and the desires of a lot of people who dug Lou Ferigno are actually missing the point of the comic.

    I don’t doubt that the CGI has been done weirdly in the movies, but i think it’s a must if anyone wants to make the Hulk actually unique.

  • Eightiesologist

    Puppetry. Seriously? I like Del Toro but i hope this isn’t going to be Hulk’s Labyrinth.

  • Jacob

    The point of the comic isn’t the size of Hulk…

  • Hub

    Del Toro is 100% capable of creating scary, “realistic”, amazing-looking monsters. 

    A wrestler has already been the Hulk. Let the current master of a dying craft have a go at doing this right.

  • Hub

    I’m excited for this because of Del Toro, but not so excited because of Battlestar Galactica. 

    Still I love Del Toro enough to look forward to it. Am very curious about what his Hulk will look like, and what the difference is going to be.

  • Wil Lewellyn

    in watching a movie about a half ton green monster , you should have already accepted the suspension of disbelief, not sure how real you need your green giants to be

  • Lead_sharp

    This would be great if it was based on the The Incredible Hulk movie and tied into the Marvel Studio’verse, indeed anything they can tie into would be cool.

    Can you imagine TV characters that become successful just appearing in future Avengers movies, or Hawkeye getting his own spin off show?

  • Wil Lewellyn

    the definition of the word hulk according to Websters is bulky  and since he’s the incredible hulk it would mean he’s incredibly bulky, so size matters  he just keeps being drawn bigger but even the classic sal buscema hulk is pretty big,

  • Jacob

    I’m not saying he isn’t big. There’s no denying that. I’m saying that it’s not the point of the comic.

  • Travestymcgee

     By “puppetry” I’m guessing he means the use of partial prosthetics, not “Thunderbird” marionettes.

  • AirDave

    Actually, I thought the CGI Hulk in The Incredible Hulk film was pretty close to realistic. I liked the movie. I hope the TV show can make some of the comic stories spring off the page. I really loved the Bill Bixby version, but it was The Fugitive starring The Hulk. It was really well done for it’s time, but it was nothing like the comic. Maybe they could get Peter David to write a few episodes…Some of those classic stories would be pretty hard to translate to TV… 

  • Anonymous

    There is a wrestler thats out now…I dont know his name but he was in that adam sandler movie when the football player goes to prison and that actor is one of the good prisoners. The guy is like 8 ft tall… throw 50 lbs of prosthetics on the beast and green screen him, digitally color him a practical effects…and flesh out some cool on the run murder mystery behind it where Banner has to save the day sometimes and you have a hit…dont do what smallville did and have a villian of the week or hulk just happens to be in the town a dam is breakig crap…

  • Rampaging Hulk

    I’m a big Hulk fan.  I wanna see Tom Welling as Bruce Banner.  The guy is an expert at conveying heroism, pain, and all the emotions necessary for this part.  Then Kristin Kreuk as Betty Ross for a great chemistry and John Schneider as Thunderbolt Ross.  Come on three television actors fresh from Smallville exploding with talent who right now are not part of a television show.  Grab them before they sign up to something else.

  • Big_Sexy_Kev

    Tom Welling is wank. Utter, utter wank.

  • B. Zurkle

    Phh I agree with Kev! Tom Welling is a terrible actor. I watched the first few seasons of smallville, and then stopped because of how bad it was. Years later I got back into it for the final season, and actually couldn’t believe that someone who had worked on a programme for 10 years hadn’t improved at all. And was still the same, wooden, unconvincing actor he had always been.

  • B. Zurkle

    Lol….that made it seem like I agree with Kev…..from the future.

  • Zor-El of Argo

    The Hulk tv series was successful and fondly remembered. The Hulk movie, not so much. So for the next movie they changed everything and everyone except the CGI Hulk. That movie didn’t do so hot, either. Now for the Avengers movie there is a new Banner but the Same CGI Hulk. The one successful live-action Hulk outing did not have CGI, it had a big bodybuilder in make-up and prosthetics.

    The point of the Hulk is the physical manifestation of Banner’s most base impulses. It is the struggle with ones own inner demons translated through a unique analogy.

    The Hulk should absolutely be big, but he doesn’t have to be huge. You don’t have to be larger than humanly possible to be larger than life.

  • mdk

    Well count me in for a CGI Hulk, actually.  A green-painted wrestler would just be silly.  The trouble is the DESIGN of the CGI Hulk, not the fact that they used CGI.  In Hulk, he looked like a green Pillsbury Doughboy.  In Incredible Hulk, they over-did the detailing and the character was never lit in a way that matched his surroundings.  Both of them had the Hulk way too big, over 12-15 feet tall.  They need to go back to basics, use a modified version of Kirby’s Hulk with a little Herb Trimpe thrown in.  That was the classic Hulk, muscular and solid, not rubbery or overly ripped and vein-y.  A monster, but a handsome monster.  Also, make him the classic, Marvel “7-feet, 1000 pounds of fury” instead of the Jolly Green Giant.

  • Duokino

    The acting actually got worse for everyone beside Michael Rosenbaum.

  • Anonymous

    It was hardly the CGI Hulk that made the movies disappoint commercially. Your analysis from below that they changed everything from the first movie but the CGI Hulk and it still made the same money is about as valid as me saying that the TV series was succesful because Bill Bixby was rocking a mean pair of flares and the movie Banners didnt. Basically almost everyone hated the first movie because it was “slow and boring” and that in turn killed most of the interest in the second film.

    A wrestler as the Hulk would be awful and would doom this show in the same way that early glimpse of the costume doomed the recent Wonder Woman pilot.

  • comicbookandmoviereviews

    Great Hulk related idea, just like –

  • Reggie

    I could’nt agree more well said. First Impressions are indeed lasting and Ang Lee’s Hulk sucked. Couple that with the fact that the reboot came out just 5yrs later and the audience still had bad memories of the first movie is what really killed the momentum for the second movie. I know people right now that still have’nt seen the reboot because they hated the first so much. The problem visually is that Marvel is cutting corners with production and not allowing a fx house like WETA digital take a crack at it I believe they could render a cgi Hulk that would at the very least be impressive IMO nobody touches them when it come to rendering organic things in digitally.

  • Michael McDonnell

     If the series happens it is likely they’ll go with an entirely new cast.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    Who probably cast for someone like Hulk, comics and the classic Old TV Series is first runner up is Clay Akien from celebrity appearance with Donald Trump and or second runner up is Seth Gabel a old New Actor.