As if “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” wasn’t enough for David Eick.
The famed executive producer of the revived Battlestar series hopes to try with yet another classic revival, this time bringing the Incredible Hulk back to life for ABC. And unlike his last resurrection try — the failed “Bionic Woman” series for NBC two years back — Eick is bringing some help: Guillermo del Toro.
Eick and del Toro are finalizing a deal now that would bring “Hulk” to ABC in what would be the first joint production between ABC and Marvel Studios since the network’s parent Disney Co. bought out Marvel earlier this year.
Del Toro is taking on his first television project, and going back to what he really does best in films like “Hellboy” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” — creating prosthetics and puppetry characters, and depending very little on computer-generated images. That would be a tremendous departure from the last two attempts to bring the Hulk to the big screen, both times making the green monster a complete CGI creation.
Eick will get back into writing, something he hasn’t done a lot of since his Battlestar days. He last wrote the episode “Sisterhood” for “Bionic Woman,” but also penned three stories for Syfy’s “Battlestar Galactica,” and developed the story for two others.
Del Toro, on the other hand, could be in the director’s chair for a pilot, and will be hands on in the creation of the Hulk himself, likely drawing heavily on the comic book version of the character.
Either way, ABC is likely not prepping the show for the 2011-12 season, but instead could eye 2012-13, according to Deadline.com. It’s also possible that ABC and Marvel could tie the launch of the show to immediately follow “The Avengers,” which is aiming for a 2012 release itself, but more likely in the summer.
News that ABC wanted to revive the Hulk wasn’t a surprise. ABC has been pursuing the project since the summer, but brought Eick on board as part of his production deal with the network. It was his personal friendship with del Toro that attracted the director to the project.
That will put a lot on Eick’s plate. Right now he is serving as an executive producer for the new Syfy pilot “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,” which is expected to start production early next year as a replacement of the first “Battlestar Galactica” spinoff “Caprica,” which was cancelled earlier this fall. Eick also is attached to the new Kevin Sorbo series “Legendary” for Syfy.
Del Toro, in the meantime, has been busy himself. After departing “The Hobbit” in New Zealand after numerous production delays caused by Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s financial issues, the director has already completed work on “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” as an executive producer. He’s also slated to helm “Frankenstein” in 2012 and “At the Mountains of Madness” in 2013, according to Internet Movie Database.
The original “The Incredible Hulk” television series aired from 1978 to 1982 on CBS. It was developed by popular 1970s and 1980s television producer Kenneth Johnson, and starred Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno and Jack Colvin.