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Former X-Files star David Duchovny is set to become the new Incredible Hulk after Aussie actor Eric Bana pulled out of the sequel project. Peter Cuneo, the vice chairman of comic book franchise Marvel, revealed Duchovny is the frontrunner to play the green giant in The Incredible Hulk 2 in a recent interview with AOL's Motley Fool Radio Team. He said, "Duchovny's name has been bought up several times. He's quite the fan too." Bana pulled out of the sequel when he discovered the plan was to release the film direct to DVD. Cuneo insists there's still life in the Hulk project: "Hulk did $250 million worldwide box office, which is a huge box office, and as you may recall, we had tremendous success with our toy line, which was a complete sell-out, over $100 million worldwide."

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Former X-Files star David Duchovny is set to become the new Incredible Hulk after Aussie actor Eric Bana pulled out of the sequel project. Peter Cuneo, the vice chairman of comic book franchise Marvel, revealed Duchovny is the frontrunner to play the green giant in The Incredible Hulk 2 in a recent interview with AOL's Motley Fool Radio Team. He said, "Duchovny's name has been bought up several times. He's quite the fan too." Bana pulled out of the sequel when he discovered the plan was to release the film direct to DVD. Cuneo insists there's still life in the Hulk project: "Hulk did $250 million worldwide box office, which is a huge box office, and as you may recall, we had tremendous success with our toy line, which was a complete sell-out, over $100 million worldwide."

Direct to DVD? Thats not a good sign....

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Bana pulled out of the sequel when he discovered the plan was to release the film direct to DVD. Cuneo insists there's still life in the Hulk project: "Hulk did $250 million worldwide box office, which is a huge box office, and as you may recall, we had tremendous success with our toy line, which was a complete sell-out, over $100 million worldwide."

Then why release it straight to DVD? That makes no sense to me.

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Bana pulled out of the sequel when he discovered the plan was to release the film direct to DVD. Cuneo insists there's still life in the Hulk project: "Hulk did $250 million worldwide box office, which is a huge box office, and as you may recall, we had tremendous success with our toy line, which was a complete sell-out, over $100 million worldwide."

Then why release it straight to DVD? That makes no sense to me.

Because the first movie sucked. I know that's not the reason, but I just wanted to say that.

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A sequal that goes straight to DVD, sounds great... NOT! How can you do a sequal without the same director and star, and hope to have any continuity at all!?

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Eric Bana remains keen to reprise his role as The Hulk - so long as sequel plans tie into his schedule. The Australian actor played the angry green giant's alter-ego, David Banner, in Ang Lee's 2003 action film and recently suggested he wouldn't be back for a planned sequel. But he tells Moviehole.net he's still contracted to play Banner in The Hulk 2 - as long as producers can get the project rolling quickly. He says he has always been committed to the role and will return as the troubled Dr. Banner as long as writers and directors can come up with a script and a cast "in a particular timeframe." Bana tells the website that if they can't meet a certain timeframe, he can contractually reject the offer. The news ends speculation that David Duchovny has been signed to play Banner in a straight-to-DVD sequel.

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If it's straight to dvd, doesn't that mean they won't spend as much money to make it? Wouldn't that mean less Hulk screen time and more Banner or crappy Hulk effects? Is Ang Lee going to make Brokeback Hulk?

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Fraser and Purcell Favorites To Take Over Hulk Role

Actors Brendan Fraser and Dominic Purcell are set to fight it out to play The Incredible Hulk's alter-ego Bruce Banner in the movie's sequel following Eric Bana's decision to pull out of the project. Bana played the shape-shifting doctor in the 2003 movie, and was initially interested in a return to the role - if the timing was right. But, according to website Cinescape.com, the Aussie actor has stepped down as The Hulk medic and now The Mummy star Fraser and Purcell are the favorites to don the white coat and attempt to control their rage.

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Fraser and Purcell Favorites To Take Over Hulk Role

Actors Brendan Fraser and Dominic Purcell are set to fight it out to play The Incredible Hulk's alter-ego Bruce Banner in the movie's sequel following Eric Bana's decision to pull out of the project. Bana played the shape-shifting doctor in the 2003 movie, and was initially interested in a return to the role - if the timing was right. But, according to website Cinescape.com, the Aussie actor has stepped down as The Hulk medic and now The Mummy star Fraser and Purcell are the favorites to don the white coat and attempt to control their rage.

Purcell is a damn fine actor, and I wouldn't mind see'ing him in the role

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While I like Dominic Purcell, I would actually rather see Brendan Fraser as Bruce Banner. Fraser is a highly underated actor and I think he could really pull off the Banner role well.

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Leterrier to Direct The Incredible Hulk!

Source: Marvel Entertainment, Inc.

July 20, 2006

Continuing its strategy to independently develop and produce a new slate of feature films, Marvel Studios - a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, Inc. - has signed top rising director Louis Leterrier to direct a new big screen adaptation of The Incredible Hulk, based on the legendary Marvel Super Hero. The announcement was made today by Michael Helfant, President/COO of Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige, President of Production for Marvel Studios.

Leterrier recently directed Transporter 2, which opened at the top of the box office earlier this year, as well as the critically-acclaimed Unleashed, starring Jet Li, Morgan Freeman and Bob Hoskins.

The Incredible Hulk will return to the roots of the long-running comic series, combining a well-developed character storyline with incredible action and fun. Zak Penn, who previously collaborated with Marvel on X2 and this summer's smash hit X-Men: The Last Stand, is writing the script. The project is being produced by Avi Arad, Kevin Feige and Gale Ann Hurd and will be executive produced by Michael Helfant and Ari Arad. Marvel Studios will begin casting immediately. No release date has been set.

"Leterrier has a tremendous passion for this genre and shares our vision for the new direction of the 'Incredible Hulk' franchise, one of the gems of the Marvel Universe," said Kevin Feige. "We are very excited to be working with such a talented director to bring one of our pre-eminent Super Hero franchises back to the big screen, and we are certain that he will bring the Hulk to life in a way that will appeal to a mass audience as well as the core Super Hero fan base."

Leterrier will be formally introduced during a Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 22.

Universal will distribute The Incredible Hulk domestically and in various international territories. This project, the second feature film to be produced independently by Marvel Entertainment, is expected to be financed through Marvel's $525 million revolving film financing facility.

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From Variety.com:

Norton to star in 'Hulk'

Marvel sequel to be released in 2008

By MICHAEL FLEMING

Edward Norton has been set by Marvel Studios to play Bruce Banner in "The Incredible Hulk."

The Louis Leterrier-directed drama will be distributed by Universal Pictures, with an opening set for June 13, 2008.

It is a decided return to the mainstream for Norton, who recently has starred in such indies as "Down in the Valley," "The Painted Veil," and "The Illusionist." Pic will shoot this summer in Toronto.

Norton takes over a role played in the Ang Lee-directed "Hulk" by Eric Bana. Though that film opened strongly, it didn’t fare as well as other Marvel efforts, including "Spider-Man," "X-Men," "Fantastic Four" and, most recently, "Ghost Rider."

Marvel Studios, which has a $525 million credit facility obtained through Merrill Lynch, made "The Incredible Hulk" its second film under that arrangement, and seeks to make a sequel that is less self-serious and more in line with the comic series and TV show. Leterrier directed the action-filled "Transporter 2," and "Unleashed."

The new pic begins with Banner on the run, trying to avoid capture long enough to cure the condition that turns him into a misunderstood green menace.

"Edward Norton is a rare talent and one of the most versatile actors in the business," Marvel Studios production president Kevin Feige said in a statement. "His ability to transform into a particular role makes him the ideal choice to take on the character of Bruce Banner and the Hulk. Edward is perfectly suited to bring one of the most popular and important Marvel icons to the bigscreen in a new and exciting way."

The script for "The Incredible Hulk" was written by Zak Penn, who had a hand in crafting two "X-Men" films, "Fantastic Four" and "Elektra" for Marvel.

"The Incredible Hulk" is being produced by Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd and Marvel’s Feige. Jim Van Wyck, David Maisel, Ari Arad and Stan Lee are exec producing.

Norton, who will next be seen starring with Colin Farrell in the Gavin O’Connor-directed New Line drama "Pride and Glory," is repped by Endeavor.

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Love it!

Norton's the best actor of our generation.

You might find that's Christian Bale actually. Not a knock on Norton, I just prefer Bale.

On topic: Norton's quite a coup if the reports are accurate. Bana did a good job in the first film, but Norton is a much better actor. I just hope they don't overdo the action in this one as the actor in question lends himself so much better to the nuances of Banner.

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The Hulk will be

grey

?!?!?!

Frosty: With the Hulk coming next year you have to be far along with the script and I’m curious what can you tell us about the story and are you going to incorporate any of the CGI that you developed for the first film or the effects?

Avi: None. No. It's a new Hulk, new direction, new size, new color, new attitude. Anything that was done before is not in this movie. It's a very different kind of Hulk. It's more of a love story; it's more of a heroic Hulk. It's a kind of Hulk we loved in the show, so it's kind of more influenced by the show than anything else. It's very human, very touching, and huge action. Louis Leterrier has a unique filming style that will be great here and it’s going to be spectacular.

Frosty: Any truth to a

grey

Hulk?

(When I asked that question he seemed almost taken aback, like he wasn’t ready for it even though he had just said “

new color

”) Then, after a pause, he said, “We’ll see, I don’t know.”

http://www.collider.com/entertainment/news...aid/4152/tcid/1

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http://www.superherohype.com/news/topnews.php?id=5617

Liv Tyler will star opposite Ed Norton in Marvel Studios' The Incredible Hulk, signing on to play Betty Ross, the longtime love interest of Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk. Louis Leterrier is directing the movie, which is being produced by Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd and Kevin Feige.

Ross, a classic "Hulk" character from the comic book's beginning in 1962, is Banner's fellow scientist and an ally in his quest to rid him of his lurking monster deep inside. The movie will unfold with Ross estranged from Banner (Norton), but with the pursuit of the Hulk heating up and Banner on the run trying to cure his condition, Ross finds herself swept back into his life.

Jennifer Connelly played the character in the 2003 Hulk movie directed by Ang Lee.

Filming on the new "Hulk" is slated to begin in the summer in Toronto. Universal Pictures is distributing.

The film is being executive produced by Jim Van Wyck, David Maisel, Arad and Stan Lee.

I'm very happy with this news. I love Liv Tyler.

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From Superherohype

Says Penn, "It's funny, on 'The Incredible Hulk' one of the big discussions has been… I hope I don't get in trouble for this, let me think… the villain is gonna be this character from the comics, The Abomination, who will not be called The Abomination 'cause it's a silly silly name. It is, it's such a hard name to work in, like 'hey, what should we call that guy… he's an abomination!' One of the things we had to talk about with the effects people, who had done 'X3' as well, when this guy transforms he's not used to having these properties, like he's much heavier… like when he walks down the street his weight destroying the sidewalk, and him tripping. Humanization of these superhero characters, showing the effects physics would actually have on them.

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The Abomination, who will not be called The Abomination 'cause it's a silly silly name. It is, it's such a hard name to work in, like 'hey, what should we call that guy… he's an abomination!'

Hahaha, that right there is exactly why a lot of perfectly good characters will never see the light of day on the silver screen. Too funny.

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Oscar winner William Hurt has joined the all-star cast of Marvel Studios' The Incredible Hulk.

The movie, which Louis Leterrier is directing, sees Bruce Banner/Hulk on the run, trying to avoid capture long enough to cure the condition that turns him into a monster. Hurt will play Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, the man who has dedicated his life to capturing the Hulk -- and who also is the father of Banner's love interest, Betty Ross.

"Hulk" is shaping up to having one of the stronger comic book movie casts in quite a while as Hurt joins two-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton, who is playing Banner, Liv Tyler as Betty and Tim Roth as villain Emil Blonsky/the Abomination.

Zak Penn wrote the latest big-screen adventure of the green goliath, which Universal Pictures is distributing.

http://www.superherohype.com/news/topnews.php?id=5847

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