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7 items from 2007


Universal's 'Incredible Hulk' bulking up with Nelson

26 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Tim Blake Nelson has joined the 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.

Nelson will play a scientist named Samuel Sterns. In Hulk lore, Sterns, aka "The Leader", is one of the Hulk's major antagonists, a menial worker in a chemical research plant who is bombarded with gamma radiation. He emerges from his accident not only green-skinned but also superintelligent, with an oversized brain.

Nelson joins a strong comic book movie cast that includes two-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton (Banner), Liv Tyler (Betty Ross), Tim Roth (villain Emil Blonsky/the Abomination) and William Hurt (General Ross, Betty's father).

Zak Penn wrote the latest big-screen adventure of the green goliath, which Universal Pictures is distributing domestically June 13, 2008.

The film is being produced by Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd and Kevin Feige, while Jim Van Wyck, David Maisel, Ari Arad and Stan Lee executive produce. »

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Hurt hurtling to 'Hulk' cast

13 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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.

The film is being produced by Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd and Kevin Feige, while Jim Van Wyck, David Maisel, Ari Arad and Stan Lee executive produce. »

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Roth to play 'Hulk' heavy

10 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Tim Roth is in negotiations to star opposite Ed Norton and Liv Tyler in Marvel Studios' "The Incredible Hulk".

Universal Pictures is distributing.

Roth would play Emil Blonsky, a vicious mercenary who turns into the Abomination, a gamma-spawned being stronger than the Hulk. Louis Leterrier is directing the latest big-screen rendition for the jade juggernaut from a Zak Penn screenplay.

The story begins with Hulk-houser Bruce Banner on the run, trying to avoid capture long enough to cure the condition that turns him into a monster.

In comic book annals, the Abomination was a KGB agent who deliberately exposed himself to radiation to gain strength. The character, who was created in the 1960s, did not appear in the 2003 Ang Lee movie "Hulk".

Shooting for the new "Hulk" is slated to begin in June in Toronto.

Avi Arad, Gale Anne Hurd and Kevin Feige are producing. Jim Van Wyck, David Maisel, Ari Arad and Stan Lee are executive producing.

Roth, the indie darling who hails from London, next stars in Francis Ford Coppola's "Youth Without Youth", which was just picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics. »

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Norton To Play Hulk?

17 April 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood actor Edward Norton may be set to play comic hero The Hulk in a new movie, according to media reports. The Fight Club star is rumored to take over the role from Troy actor Eric Bana, reports Hollywood film publication Variety. The 2003 film, which starred Bana alongside Jennifer Connelly and directed by Ang Lee, was a commercial flop and received mixed reviews. Marvel Studios insist the sequel, which is tentatively set to be released next summer, will "be less serious than the first one and more in tune with the comic book series." The new installment will be directed by The Transporter's Louis Leterrier. Norton, twice nominated for an Oscar, was seen last year in both The Illusionist and The Painted Veil. »

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Edward Norton follows the Green trail

16 April 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- If Batman can do it - so can the Hulk.   Like the Warner Bros. re-launch of the Batman franchise, it didn’t take 3 or 4 sequels and an Arnold Schwarzenegger/Jim Carrey   appearance for Universal to press the restart button. While I was one among a dozen or so who thought that the comic book to movie adaptation had actually taken an interesting turn under the hand of auteur filmmaker Ang Lee, at the request set by the folks at Marvel, the comic book company wanted Universal to “think again”. Part one was the hiring of the action-specialist filmmaker Louis Leterrier (Unleashed).   If Bana can do it so can Edward Norton.   The actor certainly had an aura about him in The Illusionist – we totally believed in his Eisenheim character and since magicians sort of look like crazy scientists and since Norton has proven that he can generate rage on screen »

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Rhythm & Hues bulks up 'Hulk'

5 April 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Hulk is getting a makeover.

Rhythm & Hues Studios said that it has been named the lead visual effects house on "The Incredible Hulk" from Marvel Studios, which is scheduled to start production in June in Toronto. Louis Leterrier will direct.

This project will give the Hulk a new look, as the Ang Lee-directed 2003 "Hulk" featured a CG character and lead visual effects from Industrial Light + Magic.

Rhythm & Hues was selected after several months of R&D that included the creation of a CG Hulk.

The company is well known for its character animation. For "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," the studio's work included the film's well-received CG lion Aslan. Earlier character work included "Babe", which won an Academy Award for achievement in visual effects.

Pointing to the company's history with creating animals, Rhythm & Hues film division president Lee Berger sees "Hulk" as a great next project. "It's the first time Rhythm & Hues has been able to take a human-like character to its full exposition," he said. »

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Toronto hopeful as prod'n ramps up again

28 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TORONTO -- Monday's announcement that Universal/Marvel Entertainment's The Incredible Hulk will shoot in Toronto this summer came as welcome news for a city whose production cupboard has been bare recently.

Homegrown pic Hank & Mike, starring Wes Bently and Joe Mantegna, is the only movie currently shooting in the city as planned studio projects were put on hold for the duration of the ACTRA strike.

The Hulk shoot marks the first major signing of a U.S. movie shoot here since North American producers and striking Canadian actors reached a new labor deal last week (HR 2/21).

There was no word on casting for film, which will be directed by Louis Leterrier ("Transporter 1 & 2"), and produced by Avi Arad, Kevin Feige and Gale Anne Hurd.

Other projects headed to Toronto are Twisted Pictures and Lionsgate's Saw 4, which begins shooting in mid-April, and Rogue Pictures' and Universal's American Pie 6. And Toronto-based producer Don Carmody (Chicago) said Monday that he's planning to move ahead with shooting in Winnipeg and Montreal for White Out, an action thriller from Silver Pictures and Warner Bros. about a U.S. marshal who pursues a serial killer to Antarctica.

The return of Los Angeles producers to local sound stages comes amid a major offensive by the Canadian film and TV production industry to woo back displaced or disgruntled U.S. studios and independent producers after settlement of the country's first-ever actors strike.

Richard Perotto, the Toronto-based business representative for IATSE local 667 in Toronto, cautioned that it was still early but said he saw encouragement from the phone calls fielded from Los Angeles since the settlement.

"They want to use Toronto. It's a big empty cavern now," Perotto said, pointing to vacant studio space looking for tenants.

Even during the six-week ACTRA strike, Universal and Marvel were scouting in Toronto for the second installment of the Hulk franchise, according to city officials. »

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