Incredible Hulk Updates from Comic-Con: Ed Norton Speaks
by Alex Billington
July 29, 2007
At the Marvel films panel at the San Diego Comic-Con yesterday, two of next year's most highly anticipated comic book movies, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man, took the stage to talk with thousands of fans. The Incredible Hulk was one of the highlights, with appearances by director Louis Leterrier, and stars Liv Tyler and Ed Norton. Although they're only 2 weeks into production and have hardly filmed enough footage to show to anyone, they did debut a concept photo of the Hulk, which you can see above. More information and details on the Hulk were revealed at the panel, so read on!
This new Hulk film, aiming for release on June 13th in 2008, is the beginning of a whole new Hulk saga, not a remake and not a sequel. The most exciting bit of news to come out of the panel was that Ed Norton himself actually rewrote the script that was originally written by Zak Penn.
Norton talked at length about his interest in the comic book and television series, stating "I was a Marvel kid, I had subscriptions to a lot of the Marvel comics." Norton also said that "the whole idea of starting from scratch and re-conceiving the story as a mythic saga was really appealing" to him and that he "thought it was really an amazing opportunity." Norton also said that his reasons for taking this project on were that the technology allowed for him to actually play both halves of the character, the regular half and the technological half, without losing his actual performance.
When asked by a member of the audience whether they were using the comic books or the television show for inspiration, both Ed Norton and director Louis Leterrier responded at length.
"I don't always just want them to race through that origin and get onto the story because it seems like obligatory, like you're hustling through it. So one of the first things we talked about was let's grapple with what our own version of the history in this story is, but spool it out and artful way throughout the story. I certainly wouldn't say this film is rooted in the television show at all. The fun in this was not to remake anything, but to just 'spin our own sort of fantasy' between the interface of all these things. Many characters have nothing to do with the television show but are deeply rooted in the comics…"
Louis Leterrier also added that "it was really for me a mix of the TV show, the comic books, the old and new." He said that "I don't think that you guys want to see a film version of the comic books, so Edward [worked] very hard to come up with an original story." Their story has many more scenes than before, which allows for a lot of understanding of who this character is and what he's been through and where he is.
We'll keep you updated as the film develops and production begins to wrap up in Toronto. They're currently filming now and still aiming for the summer 2008 release.