It looks like Marvel has scored some very notable talent for their first live-action TV endeavor since their acquisition by Disney. Deadline
is reporting that Hellboy
and Pan's Labyrinth
director Guillermo del Toro
is teaming with Battlestar Galactica
executive producer David Eick
for a new take on The Incredible Hulk
According to Deadline, the duo are finalizing a deal for a series that "is expected to draw on previous comic book incarnations, as well as the original 1978-82 Incredible Hulk TV series, with a few wild tweaks on the old look." While they say that currently the details of the new Hulk
are sketchy, they hear it will "follow an origin story" and feature Bruce Banner in his mid-twenties in a story where he is, "less reactive and more energized as the world is still his oyster."
Unlike the all CGI Hulk seen in the films, the TV series will combine "a mixture of prosthetics, puppetry and CGI."
Eick and Del Toro are developing the pilot storyline together, and will share story by and created by credit. Eick will write the script, and del Toro may direct the pilot, depending on his schedule.
Don't expect this new Hulk series soon – Deadline says the series is not expected to launch until after the Hulk next appears in live-action in The Avengers
film, opening summer 2012, with the Hulk series presumably aiming to debut fall 2012 on ABC.
Executive producing along with Del Toro and Eick are Del Toro's manager and prpoducing partner Gary Ungar, along with Marvel's Jeph Loeb
and Joe Quesada
Deadline reveals del Toro has long been interested in the Hulk, attempting to direct a film version back in 2002. Del Toro tells Deadline that he and Eick, "coalesced a respectful but powerful way of retelling the Banner/Hulk story in a fresh way."