HULK: Re-Doo Doo
If you’re into this sort of thing then you probably already know that there’s a buzz going around the place (well, around the kinds of places that nerds hang out, anyway), about a new HULK movie. As you also may be aware the 2003 Hulk flick was a large pile of so much green doo doo. What you may not have cottoned on to just yet is that this buzz that I mentioned earlier ISN’T about a Hulk sequel! Nope, we’re talkin’ a ‘do-over’… A fucking what?
With the mega funds that one can assume have been sloshing into the Marvel bank account over the last few years (and good on ’em) the comic book stalwart is setting out to begin production of it’s own movies. And while I’m extremely keen on seeing characters making the transition to the cinema screen in a fashion truer to their origin the idea that there’s even talk of tossing out a movie so quickly is somewhat unsettling.
We’re already seeing a glut of movies being remade for no apparent reason, but it also appeared that there was at least some statute of limitation on the age a film had to be before a remake was considered. Nonetheless, did ‘Dawn of the dead’ (1978), ‘Flight of the Phoenix’ (1965), ‘Amityville horror’ (1979), ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ (1971), ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ (1962), ‘The Italian Job’ (1969), ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ (1974), ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ (1972) or ‘The Omen’ (1976) really need to be remade? Sure some of them were showing their age, but others still hold up and most still far out-charm their remakes. For every brilliant retelling (King Kong: 1933. 1976, 2005) there are dozens of complete failures, devoid of any of the passion or imagination of their predecessors (Alfie: 1966. The Bad News Bears: 1976, The Longest Yard: 1974).
And now it looks like we’re going to be seeing a friggin remake of a movie that’s not even 4 years old!? At least DC waited double that before reinventing the Batman series (with stellar success, I may add). but even then Batman Begins is hardly what you’d call a ‘do-over’. Don’t get me wrong here folks, I’m glad that Marvel is in a position to make their movies the way they want to, and I’m glad to hear a virtual admission that Hulk was a cock-up. But I’d be even happier to hear that the movie was made right the first time… Punisher anyone? [source]