Here’s a pretty big announcement coming out of the Marvel camp this morning. The next high profile comic book movie is starting to take shape… I’m talking about the upcoming reboot of the Hulk franchise, The Incredible Hulk, which is going to be attracting a lot more attention now that Edward Norton has been cast in the lead role! That’s right, it looks like all the whispers of names like Dominic Purcell, Brendan Fraser and Adrien Brody simply had no substance to them. Ed Norton is the man. As previously announced, The Transporter director Louis Leterrier will be taking the reins on the project, with Zak Penn (X2: X-Men United, Elektra, Behind Enemy Lines) writing the script.
I have to admit, in my mind this movie was just going to be a second-rate action movie in the realm of the Fantastic Four films (mindless fun if you will) but now that Norton is on board, it completely changes the outlook. Now there is potential for depth and serious dramatic weight… not that anyone wants much drama in a Hulk movie, especially after what Ang Lee did with the previous one. Norton is definitely up there on my list of favourite actors, and he is only going to raise the calibre of the entire production in my opinion. I still can’t say I really care much about the project in general (in my opinion Hulk is not that interesting), but this is definitely a big win for Marvel and everyone working on this film. The Incredible Hulk will head into production this summer in Toronto with a June 13, 2008 release date in mind.