According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC Network President Paul Lee still wants to bring the Hulk Television Series to ABC (which will smash the hopes of fans rooting for a revived interest in another theatrical solo film). Here’s the lowdown:
The network’s entertainment president told reporters Tuesday during a conference call ahead of his formal upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers in New York that he’d still like to “see some Marvel projects come to television.”
“Hulk is in development,” he confirmed. “It wasn’t going to be ready this season but we hope it’s going to be ready for next season.”
Oscar nominee Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labrynth) is developing the project for the Disney-owned network after ABC’s parent company purchased Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion in late 2009.
“We’ve gone through a lot of iterations with the ABC project and we’re very happy where we are right now. We are just waiting for the green light to go to pages.” he told MTV. Ultimately, the majority of Hulk fans had no idea what to expect.
Then, this morning I received the following brief e-mail.
“David Eick and Guillermo del Toro submitted a treatment that includes the development of the Red Hulk as a villain. Thought you might like to know”
Bam. That’s it.
I have no way of collaborating this info, and I haven’t been able to determine who this person is or his/her legitimacy is at this point. Could it be possible? Maybe. Maybe not. We do know that Guillermo has publically praised the work of writer Jeph Loeb (co-creator of the Rulk) in more than one occasion, and expressed his desire to create a series more faithful to the comic. We also do know that the Red Hulk comic has been outselling the Green Hulk comic for a couple years now (and executives pay attention to sales). But would ABC approve such a storyline? Maybe… but please take this rumor for what it is… a rumor.
Stay hopeful, throw salt over your shoulder, and wish the demons and warlocks away.
A general falls. A red monster rises. Stay tuned.
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