Having first snagged a director, Louis Leterrier (“The Transporter”), and a release date (June 13, 2008), “The Incredible Hulk” now has its star. And what a great selection it is.
Two-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton will play Bruce Banner, the Hulk’s alter ego, in the new film, with shooting set to begin this summer, according to Marvel Entertainment. Norton will be the second actor to take on the role in the past four years, after Eric Bana (“Munich”) starred in Ang Lee’s take on the Marvel comic book character. None of those associated with 2003’s “Hulk” are expected to be involved in this attempted relaunch of the character.
Whether the green guy will be a CG character, as in the previous movie, remains to be seen. Hopefully, it won’t involve painting Norton green while he parades around in torn clothing, or unleashing Lou Ferrigno out of mothballs.
Marvel and Universal Pictures recently inked a deal that will keep movies cranking out for quite some time, as 10 movies have been agreed upon, with “The Incredible Hulk” number two on the list. Number one is “Iron Man,” starring Robert Downey Jr., which is now filming.
More Web Slinging
Regardless of how much box office business “Spider-Man 3” does this summer (which should be a ton), it sounds like Sony Pictures and the Marvel superhero will be continuing their very profitable partnership. Sam Raimi, who has directed all three of the Spider-Man films said at an April 20 press junket that not only has “Spider-Man 4” been greenlit, but so has a fifth and sixth installment.
That said, the involvement of Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst are by no means a sure thing. After all, they may be seeking to develop their careers beyond this franchise at some point. But then there’s that money issue – all that money that Sony will likely throw at them could have a tiny influence on their decision.