At some point Marvel is going to have to realize that the Hulk is one of the hardest characters around to make interesting. If the writers aren’t fully invested, he becomes boring quickly.
Luckily they may be on to something this time.
David Eick, executive producer of Battlestar Galactica, and Guillermo del Toro, director of the Hellboy movies, are teaming up on a new TV series of the Hulk for ABC. Both men will work on the pilot, and Mr. del Toro will direct as his schedule permits. From the story on Deadline Hollywood it isn’t clear if this meant only the pilot or possible multiple episodes.
As for the Hulk himself, unlike the two feature films which had him appear only as a CGI creation, the television version will be a mixture of prosthetics, puppetry and computer graphics. Mr. del Toro will be involved in the design of the creature, which means you can expect some oddness.
Due to the long lead time to ramp up a series such as this, it is not expected to be ready for the fall 2011 television season, but is instead targeted for 2012 at the earliest.
This is of course the second time the Hulk has been done as a live action TV series with the previous version airing between 1978 – 1982 starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno. That series varied greatly from the comic book, but it sounds like the new series will be truer to the source material.
Since Disney acquired Marvel last year, TV has been brought up multiple times for Marvel properties as Disney also owns the ABC network. The Hulk series is assumed to be the first of several concepts that will be looked at for the small screen treatment.
With Eick and del Toro at the helm of this series, it could hold some promise. Both men are extremely talented and fans of the genre as well as the character. Considering the shabby treatment of the Hulk in the past, however, I will withhold any sort of hope for this series until we actually see it.