Back in October, we got wind of a new TV adaptation of The Incredible Hulk at ABC, and while the prospect itself was somewhat intriguing, the names behind this new series will have you ripping through your purple shorts with excitement. It seems that the brilliant Guillermo del Toro and Battlestar Galactica executive producer David Eick are in the process of finalizing a deal to bring Hulk to the flickering box. The two will first try to crack the story which will apparently be an origin tale with Bruce Banner being in his mid-20’s, less reactive and downtrodden since at his age the world is still in front of him. Eick will also write the script itself and del Toro is attached to direct, but that detail is subject to his availability. Considering all the projects that man is working on, I just can’t see how he’ll have the time.
For details on how Hulk will be brought to life for the smaller budgeted, and smaller scale TV production styles, hit the jump.
Rather than utilizing only CG animation for Hulk, apparently the series will use a mix of CGI and old school prosthetics and puppetry with del Toro overseeing the design for Hulk himself. Deadline says inspiration will be drawn from both comic book incarnations and the original TV series starring Lou Ferrigno, but with “a few wild tweaks on the old look.” Commenting on the new adaptation del Toro says, “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. We coalesced a respectful but powerful way of retelling the Banner/Hulk story in a fresh way.”
This would be del Toro’s first TV project, and it’s quite a high profile one to start off his small screen career. But as exciting as this news may be, the series is still in the early stages of development and likely will not be ready until fall 2012. For now it’s just good to hear that Marvel is ready to kick-off a new presence on television in a big way and one of the best monster men around will be behind the big green. What do you think?