The Hulk: Stickin’ it to the Man?
Lately I’ve been reading more and more about the upcoming remake, or re-imagining, or whatever category we’re suppose to put the new HULK (The Incredible Hulk) movie into, and it’s becoming pretty obvious that there are quite a few folks out there who seem rather perturbed by the whole idea, and I can see why: I mean if even Marvel thinks that the movie was bad enough that it wants another crack at it so soon after, shouldn’t we all be getting a refund for the tickets to the steaming pile that Ang Lee dished up?
Personally though (trying my best not to come off as a total Marvel fanboy), I think that Marvel, in particular Marvel Studios, are using The Incredible Hulk to make a point: Providing that there are no delays The Incredible Hulk will be in cinemas tearing off everything but his purple pants some time in 2008, just five short years since the critically panned version mentioned above. However in the four years that have passed since that film was release there have been some major changes in the way that Marvel Studios is involved with the film adaptations of its (Well, Marvel Entertainment’s) IP.
Marvel Studios was formed in the late nineties and was instrumental in Marvel’s character returning to both television and cinema screens. Unfortunately external financing had to be found for the production of these forays, which meant that more often than not Marvel was forced to relinquish much of the creative control over these projects: Sometimes with disastrous results.
Fortunately, in 2005 Marvel came to a big-numbers arrangement with with financial gurus Merrill Lynch & Co., and was able to announce that from that point on THEY would be producing the movies based on their IP, with Paramount Pictures subsequently distributing the resulting films. Ultimately this means that Marvel now have the creative control over their films and are able to bring their own, undiluted vision of their characters to the screen… The first of which will be Iron Man in 2008.
So, how does all this tie in with The Incredible Hulk? Now, taking into account that this is all purely, uninformed, probably misguided (if guided at all) conjecture on my part – Heck, it’s my site, I’ll post about zombie robots satellites from space if I want… And I have! – But it seems to me that Marvel’s push forward with a sequel that’s not a sequel is intended to be a statement: A “this is how it’s done” so to speak.
I think it’s fair to guess that Marvel wasn’t completely in favour of the deviations from source in The Hulk (or any of their other adaptations I suppose) and so The Incredible Hulk should, if we’re lucky (and I’m right – which is doubtful) stand as a tight adaptation from the pages of the comics… And if we’re REALLY lucky maybe this time Lou Ferrigno will get a cameo that makes it into the final cut! [source]