Guillermo Del Toro Confirms: Hulk TV Show Will Have No Relation To The Movies

Guillermo Del Toro Confirms: <i>Hulk</i> TV Show Will Have No Relation To The Movies

While speaking to MTV, the Pacific Rim director offers up some interesting updates on the Hulk tv series. He also says that he has been given "licence" to do his own take on the Green Goliath..

Although Del Toro and producer David Eick are still awaiting an official green light to get to work on a final draft of the script, they are very busy with "three or four treatments with variations" and trying to figure out how to bring the Hulk to life on a small screen budget. Del Toro also name checks Jeff Loeb. Is he hinting that his version of the character is the one they will draw from? Could this Hulk be red? Ok, that's a stretch! But anything is possible.

"David Eick and I are hard at work," he assured us. "We've gone through a lot of iterations with the ABC project and we're very happy where we are right now. We're just waiting for the green light to go to pages."

Del Toro said that he has been given license by Marvel to do his own take on the Hulk mythology.

"There's so many things in the Hulk universe that's powerful strands of narrative," he said. "They know we are being faithful to those strands, and the movies have their own continuity."

There is much more in the video so be sure to watch. Some might think it's a shame that the show won't tie in to the current Marvel movie continuity but I think this is better. There have been many versions and takes on The Hulk in the comics over the years and this gives Del Toro a chance to put his own unique spin on things. I can't wait to see what he comes up with.


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Filed Under "Hulk" 8/12/2011 Source: MTV
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marvel72 - 8/12/2011, 5:49 AM
bring on the hulk soon as.
SuperDan89 - 8/12/2011, 6:12 AM
phoe1 - 8/12/2011, 6:13 AM
ugh another hulk origin story and then soon after it ll turn into a smallville clone. just make it work with the movies already damn. bet the major reason why they couldnt combine the universes was ruffalo's salary.
nld3 - 8/12/2011, 6:14 AM
I'm not sure about this. If he just copies the old tv show without a few good marvel villains thrown in, count me out.
jallanr - 8/12/2011, 6:14 AM
awww...I really wanted to see some continuity....o well, still cant wait for this show!

woo hoo!
Zombie137 - 8/12/2011, 6:15 AM
Marvel is dropping the ball with this one then, they could easily use it as a launching point for so many other characters. Although im not expecting much from a company who has killed off 3 huge characters in the last 2 months one of them who just came back from being dead. House of Ideas? more like Ran out of ideas.
nld3 - 8/12/2011, 6:15 AM
Ruffalo came way cheaper than Norton, duh!
Maximillion - 8/12/2011, 6:20 AM
I hope this turns out good if not great! and get picked up by the networks, we need another good Super Hero on TV, after Smallville.
Maia87 - 8/12/2011, 6:28 AM
Lol, 10 seasons of Banner and a crappy CGI Hulk for the Finale...
quickdraw1021 - 8/12/2011, 6:48 AM
Im hoping they have some interesting villans for Hulk to fight,if they go the same route as the 70's tv show and have him fight goons every week,this series won't last long.
Herosave - 8/12/2011, 6:52 AM
Who knows, maybe Marvel is hoping to have their own Marvel Television Universe just like they have they have a Marvel Cinematic Universe. So while this Hulk will be different from the cinematic and comics version, maybe we'll see others from TV shows run into him and vice versa.
PaulRom - 8/12/2011, 6:52 AM
Well that's a shame. -_-
MJPETTY7 - 8/12/2011, 7:12 AM
I want Rick Jones in this movie. He was a great character in the comics and the Incredible Hulk videogame. He needs some live action love.
plasticman - 8/12/2011, 7:23 AM
I want grey bouncer Hulk!
GodzillaKart - 8/12/2011, 7:29 AM
This is perfect news. I have little doubt that what Del Toro does will be far more interesting that what happens in the movies. Also, if he was required to fit into the continuity of the movies, it would severely hinder what he could explore.

Sure the biggest challenge is the special effects, but there are a lot of solutions besides bad cgi. Anyone have a link to that life size anamatronic Hulk that was made and later abandoned for one of the movies?

Anyone who thinks this will be a hack job like Smallville just isn't familiar with the people involved.
FUBLU - 8/12/2011, 7:30 AM
This better not follow the same pattern as Smallville with giving us 10 season of a young Banner to only finally bring us HULK as a series finally!

Maia87, please rebuke your comment! lol
GUNSMITH - 8/12/2011, 7:32 AM
RexDartEskimoSpy - 8/12/2011, 7:47 AM
I trust Guillermo implicitly, but every time I hear Jeph Loeb's name I throw up in my mouth a little. That man is poison for Marvel. He needs a Mister Yuck tatooed on his forehead.
KaneVonDoom - 8/12/2011, 8:29 AM
Del Toro should do a Son of Satan TV show instead
HelaGood - 8/12/2011, 8:30 AM
hasnt he been saying this since the beginning??
BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 8/12/2011, 8:42 AM
Damn, Damn, Damn

I hope it has that same feel The Incredible Hulk series had
GodzillaKart - 8/12/2011, 10:14 AM
@bropous: Did you watch the interview? Del Toro is actually working with Hulk writers to get this show done. This will be far more interesting than doing a completely faithful rendition of the early issues of Hulk.
GodzillaKart - 8/12/2011, 10:15 AM
@bropous: Did you watch the interview? Del Toro is actually working with Hulk writers to get this show done. This will be far more interesting than doing a completely faithful rendition of the early issues of Hulk.
JackBauer - 8/12/2011, 10:27 AM
This is [frick]ed up. It means the other proposed tv shows will most likely have their separate continuity as well.

@SP - Here you go

mrbadexample - 8/12/2011, 10:38 AM
an hbo punisher... now thats could be a great tv show
mrbadexample - 8/12/2011, 10:38 AM
an hbo punisher... now thats could be a great tv show
GodzillaKart - 8/12/2011, 10:51 AM
@Jack "It means the other proposed tv shows will most likely have their separate continuity as well." Which is good! Why the hell would anyone want the tv shows to be tied to the movies. Especially when the character has its own films. That would almost ensure that the tv show sucked.
PunkRockMachine - 8/12/2011, 11:17 AM
"Hulk TV Show Will Have No Relation To The Movies."

And therefore I will not be partaking. Continuity is KEY. Reboots are one thing, but universes coexisting separately is a pretty lame concept in video media (works well in comics, I suppose).
OrganizedChaos - 8/12/2011, 11:17 AM
well...that sucks
GodzillaKart - 8/12/2011, 11:41 AM
Wow. You guys don't get it.
Jericho - 8/12/2011, 2:11 PM
i want to see different versions of hulk!! grey hulk and red hulk, i even want she hulk to appear in it, a better abomination and maybe iron clad and the u-foes!!
Jericho - 8/12/2011, 2:11 PM
and dont forget sasquatch and wendigo
Rulk - 8/12/2011, 2:16 PM
@ Godzillafart - lol, I feel your pain. And I remember that video of an animatronic hulk and it was amazing! I'm wagering they use a mix of both robotics and cgi.

I would love this show to follow the Jeph Loeb model, yet better written. Start Banner in jail and the military needs his help because something Hulk-like is on a killing rampage. Any origin or back stories can be fleshed out with flashbacks.
manofmidgard - 8/12/2011, 4:06 PM
i dunno how they are goona pull off a made for tv hulk. that means very little cgi which means either a bodybuilder painted green or a rubber suit which is probably gonna look bad. think the hulk on a smallville budget. yikes. im guessing if wonder woman didnt make it not much chance hulk will. and no im no dc fanboy! i hope im wrong tho! *sigh*
Bartman87 - 8/12/2011, 4:07 PM
Hate when some fool needs to have continuity just to fill their own need. How about just a good show on television that shows the character with some supporting characters and some actual villains, instead of continuing with the movie characters that are 3-4 years between and stifling the creativity of writers on a show.
Ryguy88 - 8/13/2011, 11:14 AM
Ha, so I guess Marvel sees there own cinematic universe as being separate from everything else, JUST LIKE FOX!

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