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    Guillermo Del Toro And David Eick To Create New 'Hulk' TV Series For ABC And Marvel
    Quote Originally Posted by Nellie Andreeva

    Talk about a dream pairing for film and TV sci-fi/comic book fans: Guillermo del Toro, the mastermind behind Pan's Labyrinth and the Hellboy movie franchise, and Battlestar Galactica executive producer David Eick are finalizing a deal to create the new TV series version of The Hulk for ABC, which is being produced by Marvel TV and ABC Studios. It will mark Marvel’s first series project for ABC and ABC Studios since Disney's acquisition of Marvel last year and the launch of Marvel's TV division in June. It also marks del Toro's first TV project. Details of the premise are sketchy but I hear that the series will follow an origin story. In it, physicist Bruce Banner, whose alter ego is the green and raging Hulk, will be in his mid-twenties, less reactive and more energized as the world is still his oyster. Unlike the two Hulk movies, in which the monster was a pure CGI creation, the series will employ a mixture of prosthetics, puppetry and CGI. Del Toro and Eick will break the story for the pilot script together, sharing story and created by credit. Eick will write the script, with del Toro attached to direct subject to his availability. Del Toro will also oversee the designing of the Hulk character, which 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. Because the project is still in its nascent stage and will require a lot of prep work, it won't be ready for next fall consideration. I hear that Marvel is looking to launch the series following the July 2012 release of The Avengers, which features the Hulk character, so the series will probably be targeted for fall 2012. Del Toro and Eick are executive producing the project with Del Toro's manager/producing partner Gary Ungar of Exile, Marvel TV topper Jeph Loeb and Marvel Entertainment's chief creative officer Joe Quesada. "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."

    Marvel TV identified The Hulk as a property they wanted to pursue for a TV series in the summer and, along with ABC Studios, launched a search for a writer to pen the adaptation. Eick, who is under a blind script deal at ABC Studios, floated the idea of a Hulk series to Del Toro, whom he has known for awhile. Separately, ABC Studios had been chasing del Toro ever since Patrick Moran landed at the studio as head of drama in July. As a drama development executive at 20th TV, Moran signed del Toro to his only previous TV deal, a first-look pact at the studio. Shortly after their original conversation, WME-repped Eick and del Toro met and began discussing a Hulk series. Then, they pitched their idea simultaneously to ABC, ABC Studios and Marvel TV, and the pitch was very well received across-the-board.

    Eick, creator/executive producer of Battlestar Galactica's Blood & Chrome spinoff that was recently picked up to pilot at Syfy, has been involved in several series that re-imagened popular properties/characters, including Battlestar Galactica, Bionic Woman and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. "I've enjoyed the challenging, rewarding process of revisiting beloved characters," he said. Eick called The Hulk "one of the crown jewels of the Marvel world for generations" ans said it was a "dream opportunity to join one of my all-time filmmaking heroes, Guillermo del Toro, in a faithful but unique retelling of the primal, emotionally-rich tale of one of my all-time comic book."

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    Will ABC order Hulk? Change risque pilot titles? What's up with 'Poe'? Burning questions answered
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    ABC is taking some of the biggest creative swings this pilot season with several intriguing titles in the works. Below, the network’s scripted development chief Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs gamely answers our burning questions about some of this year’s most buzz-worthy projects…

    And since The Incredible Hulk reboot wasn’t among the fall drama pilots, is there a chance of it being shot for midseason?

    We always knew from the beginning it would be pretty much next year, due to everybody’s schedules. We haven’t seen [a script] on it yet. We would love to have a go at it early for next season [2012-13].

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    Disney riding franchise plan - Bob Iger addresses investors at Anaheim confab
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    ABC execs were also on hand for the confab, with new ABC Entertainment chief Paul Lee talking up the potential for TV skeins based on Marvel's superheroes. ABC has several projects in the works with high-profile creative auspices, including dramas "The Incredible Hulk," with Guillermo del Toro, and "AKA: Jessica Jones" with "Twilight" scribe Melissa Rosenberg.

    "On cable you can hyper-target an audience," said Lee, who moved to the Alphabet from ABC Family. "On ABC the target is the entire viewing population. Our job is to make big event programming that invites in all of the viewing audience. Marvel's properties are going to be fantastic for that."

    The interactive division is also set to focus on building a multi-platform approach to games that revolve around just four to six core franchises, including Marvel heroes and "Toy Story," as its new exec team looks to make the group profitable by 2013.

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    Guillermo del Toro: 'Hulk TV show has strong angle'
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    Guillermo del Toro has insisted that his take on The Incredible Hulk is "really strong".

    The Hellboy director is developing an adaptation of the Marvel comic for ABC alongside Battlestar Galactica's David Eick.

    "We've been coming up with an angle that is really strong," del Toro wrote in a post on his official site. "I am a fan of [comic writers] Peter David, [Greg] Pak and [Jeph] Loeb but I like very much what individual writers and artists have done through the decades."

    Del Toro also suggested that he is only interested in "monster" superheroes, citing Hellboy, The Hulk and Deadman as a few of his favorites.

    "I have no interest [in] the straight ones, even when I've been offered the keys to the kingdom," he insisted.

    ABC president Paul Lee previously claimed that the new Hulk series will appeal to viewers of all ages.

    "Family entertainment, Hulk is a classic example of it," he said. "We do family entertainment, I believe, more naturally than the other networks."

    The series is in the works for ABC's 2012 television season.

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    How would you all feel about the new series being a loose sequel to the original series? would Marvel have a problem with it?

    If they did a loose sequel now they'll probably reveal that Banner didn't die from the fall instead went into deep hibernation, the down side it would lack any supporting characters or villains from the comics and use only the continuity of the Bixby/ Ferrigno show.

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    The new show is planned to have no connection to the movie universe.

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    Del Toro updates on Hulk "I have had a couple of minutes with Marvel since 'Avengers,' and they have the screenplay, he said. We're waiting for a particular writer to do a rewrite on the pilot. That's where we are right now. But we're still on."

    Guillermo Del Toro Offers Update On HULK TV Series

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    A quasi sequel to the Bixby/ Ferrigno series you wouldn’t have to worry about being faithful to the Marvel universe, only have David Banner and Jack McGee.

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