It may have been a while since any substantive news dropped, but Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming ABC television series update on The Hulk is still happening, and the Don't Be Afraid of the Dark writer/producer wants you to know that things are still moving along.
With co-creator, David Eick (Exec-Producer of Battlestar Galactica), Del Toro has been quietly working on the project, which, first came to light last year. Since then, he's had the task of reinventing the iconic green goliath, while at the same time, walking a fine line as another version of the character (played by Mark Ruffalo) will be running rampant in the 2012 film crossover extravaganza, The Avengers.
Oddly enough, Del Toro finds himself in a situation with both free reign and restrictions.
As Del Toro tells MTV:
"There's so many things in the Hulk universe that's powerful strands of narrative," he said. "They know we are being faithful to those strands, and the movies have their own continuity."
Del Toro would again confirm that the TV series will have no direct correlation to the canon in the slew of Avengers-related big-screen-bonanzas.
While such a thing, from a creative standpoint, might be a blessing, as it opens up possibilities for a more comic-book-oriented version of the Hulk mythos (specifically one that focuses on Bruce Banner/Hulk's friendship with Rick Jones,) it still comes with a caveat: Namely that, at the end of the day, his series will still exist under the tentpole of The Avengers films featuring Hulk. Thus, the big brass at Disney/Marvel will likely not want the TV series to stray too far from what fans are seeing in theaters.
Regarding the show's progress, Del Toro comments:
"David Eick and I are hard at work," he assured us. "We've gone through a lot of iterations with the ABC project and we're very happy where we are right now. We're just waiting for the green light to go to pages."
However, Del Toro would go on to clarify that the last year has been more productive than the status of "waiting for the green light" might imply. Del Toro and Eick have pushed-out 3-4 treatments, each containing variations on the show's direction.
How are you feeling about having The Hulk back on the small screen? Will it risk overexposure? Or epic win?