Guillermo Del Toro Briefly Updates The Incredible Hulk TV Show & Pacific Rim!

Guillermo Del Toro has provided a brief update on the Hulk TV show for ABC and a snippet about his new movie project, Pacific Rim. Check it out!

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By Mark Julian - 6/28/2011
Guillermo Del Toro, the master of the creepy and cool was announced to helm an Incredible Hulk television series for ABC in October 2010. Since then all has been relatively quiet. See what the Hellboy director had to say in a recent interview with Fear.net:


How will Pacific Rim differ from other giant monster movies?

It's not a Godzilla film. I don't think any of [the giant monster films] have been done quite like this one. And the plot is very special. I'm under the mother of all non-disclosure agreements, so I can't reveal much. But it's a very particular film. I love it.


Is Hulk still happening?

Yeah, yeah, yeah. We turned in the outline to ABC about four weeks ago. And then we did a rewrite for ABC on the outline, and now we are lining up the pages.


Is it safe to assume this will be a different Hulk than we've ever seen before?

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.


Are you guys wondering like me, whether Del Toro's series will be set in Marvel's main continuity? Or will this be a "re-imagining" of the series like Smallville? I just hope Del Toro delivers a hit so that tv execs push forward with a Cloak &Dagger series and we get that cable network Punisher series.

Guillermo del Toro and Battlestar Galactica executive producer David Eickvare are producing the show along with Del Toro's managing partner Gary Ungar and Marvel's Jeph Loeb and Joe Quesada. Del Toro will be in charge of the Hulk's look and will bring Bruce banner's alter ego to life using prosthetics, puppetry, and CGI. ABC is looking at a Fall 2012 release date to coincide with a release of The Avengers movie.
Source: Fear.net
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Hellsing - 6/28/2011, 5:34 AM
Del Toro doing Mecha movie [frick] YEAH! not really sure about the hulk as a tv series but I am curious. Marvel need to make Runaways in to a TV show
marvel72 - 6/28/2011, 5:49 AM
i'd rather see big budget hulk movie than a tv show,it could end up looking like a reject from smallville.

the punisher should be an hbo show & keep the hulk for the big screen.
Paulley - 6/28/2011, 5:54 AM
i really wanted the Hulk TV show to be set in the same universe but i think that would be very unlikely... shame i really wanted to see stories set just after Banner goes on the run for the first half of the series.. and then fiollowed after the event of the film... where we could hopefully get more Blonsky and Leader stuff.............. a guy can dream
Paulley - 6/28/2011, 5:56 AM
Your right tho there are much better Marvel properties for TV than the Hulk.. Marvel has dozens of grouded treet heroes that would do a tv show justice and easily slot into the continuity without problems.. yet they go with Hulk.. again.. why?
Cross - 6/28/2011, 6:03 AM
I don't know about a TV series but if Del Toro is involved it will be beyond great.
MarkJulian - 6/28/2011, 6:04 AM
It was previously reported that the show would be about a younger Bruce Banner so I assume this is separate from the movie universe or picks up right when Bruce went on the run in the last movie.
Orphix - 6/28/2011, 6:47 AM
Well I suppose they had smallville and Superman Returns at the same time but (and call me old fashioned) I like my characters to stay in the same universe.

Otherwise it seems like the waste of a great character, a great director and a boat load of cash.

Being based in the UK I have no idea how US TV operates. How involved are ABC? Is this a similar situation to Fox owning the cinematic rights to X-men? Or can Marvel make this part of their movie universe if they insisted?
dancingmonkey08 - 6/28/2011, 6:48 AM
@marvel72
couldnt agree more, hulk series is a stupid idea. I hope we are proved wrong. As you said, Punisher is a much better idea
Orphix - 6/28/2011, 6:50 AM
@GraphicCity

Interesting that you heard about it being set earlier than the film.

According the MCU timeline Banner 'creates' the Hulk in January of 2006 but the TIH movie takes place during the early part of the summer in 2010. That leaves a gap of about 3 1/2 years to fill.

But that would mean including General Ross and SHIELD, etc
MarkJulian - 6/28/2011, 6:56 AM
@ Orphix Not necessarily. In the film, Bruce hid in Brazil and we never really new how long he was there or where he was before then. You could have him moving from around constantly, bumping into place to place and into characters that would never see the big screen like Wendigo, Werewolf By Night, Cloak & Dagger and Jessica Jones [since they're being developed by ABC too]. Maybe even a cameo by Warriors 3 or some other support characters if the show is popular
Brashlight - 6/28/2011, 7:13 AM
I stole this from SillySteve but i thought it was too funny not to repost!

PaulRom - 6/28/2011, 7:16 AM
Same with @Intruder, have Ruffalo reprise the role and keep it in the MCU.
ForrestLee - 6/28/2011, 7:16 AM
@Orphix
No it's not like Fox owning the Film rights to X-Men at all...
ABC is a subsidiary of Disney, which is also the parent company to Marvel. So, its more like the Marvel Studios-Walt Disney Pictures relationship than the Marvel-Fox one.


I am fully expecting this series to be in the MCU, even if its not explicitly stated.
axiouz - 6/28/2011, 7:18 AM
What confuses me is, how will they manage the Hulk on Tv? and the fights and Cg, looks like they're up for a gamble, hope it's a good one :p
NuffSaid - 6/28/2011, 7:18 AM
@Orphix: Disney owns ABC and Marvel (along with ESPN and other networks/properties) so this series could easily be part of the MCU.
Brashlight - 6/28/2011, 7:19 AM
I'm just hoping they keep some sort of continuity and Ruffalo Has to be in the show as Banner. If he isn't I will have a big problem. You can't have him in the movie then turn around and recast him for the show.
nordberg - 6/28/2011, 7:20 AM
You guys are redonkulous.

Why not have both a tv show and a movie version? Way I see it, the more Hulk the better, especially with Del Toro involved.
axiouz - 6/28/2011, 7:21 AM
With the Tv and movie it'll be like Smallville and Superman Returns I guess, not coinciding each other.
Brashlight - 6/28/2011, 7:21 AM
Intruder@ "Not made into 3 failed movies," This confused me until i remembered The Dolf Lundgren abomination. I actually liked The Punisher with Thomas Jane but yeah, not so much the other two. But then again i wasn't really a Punisher fan so i didn't have as much riding on the character as others did.
PirateOpossum - 6/28/2011, 7:23 AM
yes yes yes yes!!!!! Bring it on!!!! I LOVED the old Hulk TV series and have all 5 seasons! This could happen (as long as it isn't too out there. If they pull a smallville I will SMASH the studio, cause .. HULK IS STRONGEST THERE IS!!!!!!!!!!
CherryBomb - 6/28/2011, 7:23 AM


They better have a damn good cast!
and She Hulk HAS to appear <3
Brashlight - 6/28/2011, 7:24 AM
I want to see a Luke Cage Show! I think that has a lot of potential! Just like a Punisher show, although I think they would both work better on a network like FX considering they can get away with more violence on that cable network. Ever seen Sons of Anarchy or The Shield?! Great shows!!!
Orphix - 6/28/2011, 7:28 AM
@ ForrestLee & NuffSaid

Cheers guys. That clears that mystery up - and gives me hope about the MCU tie-in potential.

& GraphicCity

I wander if you have seen this website?

http://www.filmbuffonline.com/

It has a pretty comprehensive timeline for the MCU from canonical sources. Some of it is still up for discussion, admittedly, but it still is pretty handy.

It places Banners arrival in Rochina in late October of 2009. But there is still plenty of time before and around that time for a TV series.
TheLight - 6/28/2011, 7:32 AM
It's finally good to see some news about "The Incredible Hulk" live action series.
mikefont - 6/28/2011, 7:36 AM
I hope you mean a LUKE Cage show, and not a Nicholas Cage show! Who would want to watch a show about that no talent hack Nicholas Cage.

But I agree with you about Sons of Anarchy and the Shield! Awesom shows!
JohnTom88 - 6/28/2011, 7:37 AM
Guillermo's $140 million budget Hulk movie with U-Foes as the villains is a better idea.

As for TV series, bringabout Gravity, Speed or another young characters so we can see the progression of powers.
Brashlight - 6/28/2011, 7:37 AM
The only thing that worries me about the Hulk Series is the Hulk himself. Are they going to do what they did in the original and bring in a body builder to become the hulk or are they going the CGI route. Lets face it if they go the CGI route its going to look horrible. It will cost way too much money to do a good looking CGI hulk.

mikefront@ LOL yeah, i meant Luke Cage. Not so much a Nick Cage show. Although we can get the Hoff back and really do this thing right lol!
MarkJulian - 6/28/2011, 7:41 AM
@Brashlight Del Toro will be using CGI, puppets, and prosthetics. If he can turn Ron Pearlman into Hellboy then he can easily make a believable Hulk
selinakyle - 6/28/2011, 7:45 AM
I like this guy but do we really need a Hulk tv show? I guess these studios are sticking to their money making characters.
dmm5 - 6/28/2011, 7:46 AM
BAD IDEA! The CGI will look crappy since it is a tv series and have ANOTHER Bruce Banner? No.... I want a movie!
95 - 6/28/2011, 7:54 AM
Maybe it's in the MCU.

Let's see what Marvel can do with TV shows.

Del Toro is the right guy for the job though.
Wildaniel - 6/28/2011, 7:56 AM
I rather see a sequel to The Incredible Hulk.

This is off topic but I was wondering why has no one talk about Samuel Sterns (The Leader) being a villein in The Avengers movie???



Maybe he will be a villein in a future Hulk movie???
Brashlight - 6/28/2011, 7:59 AM
GraphicCity@ I'll believe it when i see it. Studios hamstring TV shows all the time when it comes to money. I just don't know if they will have the money to pull it off. But I would be happy if i was wrong.
nordberg - 6/28/2011, 8:00 AM
@Intruder

Well, the reality is that Mark Ruffalo is not likely to commit to a tv series, so I think it's safe to say that a new actor in the Bruce/David Banner role is pretty much a forgone conclusion.

Regardless, I don't give a flying shyte who they find to fill Banner's shoes so long as he's capable, the story is good and the fx and action are up to snuff. I imagine that the chances of us getting a quality product are pretty good with GDT involved. And I think it's also pretty safe to say that he ain't the type to preside over the Smallville type of dreck...
DredStar - 6/28/2011, 8:07 AM
I wish there were more Del Toro's out there, I really like his work.
Orphix - 6/28/2011, 8:09 AM
@ Nordberg

Ruffalo not committing to a TV show is not completely out of the question. Depends on the number of episodes and the budget.

Backed by Disney and directed by Del Toro could pull alot of strings.

Steve Buscemi does Boardwalk Empire and Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce have just done Mildred Pierce. Big names are prepared to do TV if the project is right.
nordberg - 6/28/2011, 8:12 AM
@grayfox

See, if anything, I think the new tv series will make another Hulk movie all that more likely to happen... at which point, people will undoubtedly start bitching about who portrays Bruce Banner, just as they did with Tom Welling and Superman Returns.
CapFan79 - 6/28/2011, 8:14 AM
I think this show will be great. Not sure how long it'll last, but Del Toro is great.

I'm sure the make up will look good and I doubt the camera work will look like the Sony Handycam that was used for Wonder Woman.
plasticman - 6/28/2011, 8:22 AM
I agree, Mark. I hope The Hulk is successful not only for our viewing enjoyment but to bring other possible series to light. I've thought for many years that Cloak and Dagger would be a great tranistion into TV.
Number1Wolverine - 6/28/2011, 8:22 AM
@Intruder - I agree, i would love to see a SHE-HULK Tv series or hell even A movie.
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