The big man is returning to Hollywood, and we’re not talking about Dom DeLuise. Marvel and Universal Pictures announced on Nov. 6 that The Incredible Hulk will hit the big screen on June 27, 2008, five years after Ang Lee’s Hulk flopped in theaters.
Designed to be less solemn and more popcorn-friendly than Lee’s take — and also designed to be without Eric Bana, who was famously frustrated with the reported $150 million shoot of The Hulk back in 2002 — the project sounds as risky as manipulating gamma radiation. But Marvel claims the not-so-jolly green giant is still a fan favorite. ”We see it as the opportunity to deliver the Hulk experience people are craving,” says Marvel head of production Kevin Feige. The franchise reboot is set to shoot next spring with a script by Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand) and relative newcomer Louis Leterrier behind the camera. (The Unleashed director won the job after impressing Marvel execs with storyboard concepts.)
And that’s not the only thing to change — the green fella is slated for his own extreme (CGI) makeover and the script has been deliberately pitched to the non-fanboy crowd. Says Feige,”You will need to know one thing: When Bruce Banner gets angry, you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.” Of course, as Marvel learned the last time around, an angry crowd of moviegoers can be even worse.