Well it looks like the rumours of a new Incredible Hulk TV series are turning out to be true, and the project is now coming together fairly quickly over at ABC. What’s more, they’re in the process of finalizing a deal with two pretty big names to steer the show: Guillermo del Toro and Battlestar Galactica producer David Eick. With the multitude of projects that del Toro currently has in development, it seems a bit hard to believe that this is actually the first TV series he will be involved in, and coincidentally it is also Marvel’s first TV series since forming their own TV division. Eick, on the other hand, brings plenty of experience with him; in addition to Battlestar Galactica he also worked on such shows as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, American Gothic, Bionic Woman and Caprica.
Del Toro and Eick will both come up with the story for the pilot, which is being planned as an origin story, with Eick eventually penning the script and del Toro directing it (depending on his availability). del Toro said in a statement that he has “always been attracted at the combination of comic book heroics and monsters,” and actually pursued the Hulk movie back in 2002.
Perhaps the most interesting part of this whole announcement is the revelation that the Hulk will not be fully rendered via CG, but instead will use “a mixture of prosthetics, puppetry and CGI.” del Toro will also oversee the design of the new Hulk, which may incorporate a few “wild tweaks.” I’m definitely curious to see what he comes up with. The series is not being prepped for next fall, unfortunately, and instead is likely to debut after The Avengers, sometime in 2012. No word on if Mark Ruffalo is expected to reprise his role. Are you looking forward to the Incredible Hulk’s return to the small screen?