The Hulk has had a lot of success on television, especially in the 1970s and 1980s, but not very much when it comes to the box office.
So even though Guillermo del Toro has a huge background in movies, he’s going to depend on “Battlestar Galactica” executive producer David Eick to keep him grounded with the boob tube when it comes to the new television version of the Incredible Hulk.
“David Eick and I are hard at work,” del Toro recently told MTV about the new television series. “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.”
The work first will focus on a pilot that would be offered to ABC during the next pilot season. And if the network is happy with what it sees, there could be a full series in the work for the network for the 2012-13 season.
However, just because Eick and del Toro are using a well-known property to find some time on television doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen. Many remakes have come and gone rather quickly, including “Bionic Woman,” which Eick himself was attached to.
That has made networks a little hesitant to test out remakes nowadays, despite the success so far of “Hawaii Five-0” for CBS. The latest casualty there was “Wonder Woman” which got a pilot through NBC at the last minute, and then didn’t win a series order, despite the involvement of David E. Kelley.
The television Hulk will not be linked to the movies in any way. In fact, there could be a whole new mythology created around the popular comic book character. Del Toro says Marvel is not locking him into the comic book mythology at all.
“There’s so many thinks in the Hulk universe that’s powerful strands of narrative,” del Toro said “They know we are being faithful to those strands, and the movies have their own continuity.”
The Hulk was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1962, and was inspired by the classic Jekyll & Hyde story.