Guillermo del Toro Producing/Co-Creating the New Hulk TV Show

So, you’re not so sure about Marvel and ABC’s new “The Hulk” TV show? Well here is news that should get you all excited if you weren’t already: Guillermo del Toro is currently finalizing a deal to co-create, produce, and possibly even direct the pilot episode for the latest “Hulk” TV show. How you like them apples?

Del Toro, along with producer David Eick (of “Battlestar Galactica”) fame, are very close to boarding the TV series that will focus on a “mid-twenties” Bruce Banner, with the Hulk’s, well, “Hulking out” using a mixture of prosthetics, puppetry and CGI instead of just pure CGI like the movie, or like the first TV show, which basically just swapped in a bodybuilder.

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“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,” Del Toro said. He said that The Hulk has been at the top of his list and he first pursued it as a feature film around the time of the 2002 release of Blade II, which he directed. Del Toro added that, with partner Eick “we coalesced a respectful but powerful way of retelling the Banner/Hulk story in a fresh way.”

The TV show’s premiere date is sometime around Fall 2012, after the character has once again graced movie screens in Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”.

'Hulk mad, but approves.'



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  • B-Flash

    Now this is some nice news, del Toro is great at mixing fantasy and real world together and when it comes to fantasy or anything supernatural looking he most definitely has an eye for it.

  • Juggernaut

    I’m in. I just hope that the series dosen’t rehash the stories of the Movies. If they approch it in the same vein as Smallville it could definately work. Banner as a meek outsider struggling with his new powers and getting into a different one off hijink every week. As the show progresses they could bring in more characters and have him face foes in a real world setting. I just hope that it dosen’t get too fantastical. It will most likely have a different timeline and universe than TIH, so you could have characters like Rick Jones, Betty Ross and Leonard Smson as his supporting cast.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      I think this could work, I’m just worried about how the Hulk will come off. I’m intrigued by the prostehitcs/puppetry/cgi hybrid idea. I mean I know he’s done it before (Sammael in Hellboy) but I’m wonderring how it’ll work for a TV show. I don’t think it should be like Smallville at all in the sense that I don’t want that version of Banner. I want something thats a cross between The Bill Bixby version, the current more proactive version, and the fugitive on the run from the army. He should be brilliant, dfriven, but reserve4d only because he doesn’t want to Hulk-out! As for supporting cast, that’s the one thing I think both films missed out on. They didn’t have Rick Jones in either film, and any real interaction centered on Betty and TB Ross. Throw Rick in the show and have him be his one constant and the person who’s helping him get from place to place and such. betty should be in but caught between Bruce and her father. She should be trying to find a cure for Bruce, while Ross wants her working on perfecting what happened, which brings us to Leonard Sampson and Samuel Sterns. Sterns should be working with Betty on the cure, but secretly is sabotaging it and trying to crack the secret of the Hulk for Ross, which leads to his accident and becoming the Leader. Same with Sampson, he should be brought in after Banner is captured once to assess his mental state, and be caught in the same accident that creates The Leader.

      • ULIK

        Good analogy bro!

      • Juggernaut

        That plotline was exactly what I had in mind! I can see how having Bruce be more pro active would move the story along better. The casting would have to be really good too. Just enough of a blend of Bixby and Norton. He has to be tormented and vunerable with a drive and roguish charm. I can’t wait to see how this turns out.

  • Juggernaut

    I’m in. I just hope that the series dosen’t rehash the stories of the Movies. If they approch it in the same vein as Smallville it could definately work. Banner as a meek outsider struggling with his new powers and getting into a different one off hijink every week. As the show progresses they could bring in more characters and have him face foes in a real world setting. I just hope that it dosen’t get too fantastical. It will most likely have a different timeline and universe than TIH, so you could have characters like Rick Jones, Betty Ross and Leonard Smson as his supporting cast.

  • Juggernaut

    I’m in. I just hope that the series dosen’t rehash the stories of the Movies. If they approch it in the same vein as Smallville it could definately work. Banner as a meek outsider struggling with his new powers and getting into a different one off hijink every week. As the show progresses they could bring in more characters and have him face foes in a real world setting. I just hope that it dosen’t get too fantastical. It will most likely have a different timeline and universe than TIH, so you could have characters like Rick Jones, Betty Ross and Leonard Smson as his supporting cast.

  • Juggernaut

    I’m in. I just hope that the series dosen’t rehash the stories of the Movies. If they approch it in the same vein as Smallville it could definately work. Banner as a meek outsider struggling with his new powers and getting into a different one off hijink every week. As the show progresses they could bring in more characters and have him face foes in a real world setting. I just hope that it dosen’t get too fantastical. It will most likely have a different timeline and universe than TIH, so you could have characters like Rick Jones, Betty Ross and Leonard Smson as his supporting cast.

  • d!man500

    the original bill bixby/lou ferrigno is still to this day, far and away, my all-time favorite tv show…i even still have vhs tapes full of episodes i taped from a marathon…this news is very exciting…two quality people with a great creative eye…my only fear is that it will be a twilight inspired tween melodrama, but i can’t see that happening with these del toro and eick involved.

  • The Strongest There Is

    I Think everyone knows how happy I am right now.

  • ULIK

    Guillermo Del Toro MUST be VERY excited about this to want to do this on t.v.! If he’s THAT enthusiastic about it then he’s going to go all out to make it work. Now given that he’s helms this,it’s also a given that he will also helm any Hulk theatrical sequel. I thoroughly enjoyed Blade 2,Pan’s Labyrinth,Hellboy 1 & 2. Del Toro knows how to capture everything essential to making a ground breaking Hulk(accidental pun). I have faith in this now,let the cameos also commence. Could it lead to “World War Hulk” or “Planet Hulk” I doubt it,but it will be good.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      PH and WWH are best suited for the comics and animated format. I agree that Del Toro has a good eye for this stuff. It’s not a given he’ll helm any theatrical Hulk films as was mentioned before this is probably a separate universe, and the Hulk from that world is not the same as the one in the TV show. Like the Superman films and Smallville on TV.

      • ULIK

        Your right, but if his Hulk t.v. is good why wouldn’t they allow him to do a movie? But I could see how that could confuse people. Just imagine how HIS “Abomination” design would look or Windigo,The Leader,Absorbing Man,Bi-Beast,The U-Foes,Armageddon,etc.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      PH and WWH are best suited for the comics and animated format. I agree that Del Toro has a good eye for this stuff. It’s not a given he’ll helm any theatrical Hulk films as was mentioned before this is probably a separate universe, and the Hulk from that world is not the same as the one in the TV show. Like the Superman films and Smallville on TV.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    I think they should first cast Edward norton before any other character second cast should be daniel racliff from harry potter movie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    What do you think of having the Hulk serum in the series instead of gamma radiation which would have caused Bruce Banner to get sick and die. Have Banner trying to recreate the Super Soldier Serum that created Captain America in the pilot that leads to the accident that creates the Hulk.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      So the show would basically be Ultimate Hulk? That’s a good way to differentiate it from the Hulk in the movies.
      Sent on the go!