According to Guillermo del Toro himself, in an interview with Collider posted yesterday, the ABC live-action Hulk TV series is still a go, all the project is waiting on is a yet-to-be-named writer. Del Toro wouldn’t reveal specifics on the writer in question, but he must be pretty good because del Toro won’t even get close to his name.
I had one meeting with Marvel after Avengers and we had a very, very good chat. We have a writer that we want to bring on board, a very, very concrete name. I can’t reveal it, but we want to wait for that writer. It’s a writer who is otherwise engaged. So right now we are in a holding pattern until that writer becomes free. Then we’re going to do a new draft of the script.
Who could this writer be?
The name Damon Lindelof comes to mind, as the former LOST scribe has gone on record saying he wants to return to TV following his feature-film work on Star Trek, Prometheus and next year’s World War Z. Unfortunately, he recently signed a three-year deal with Warner Bros., who owns the rights to DC Comics, Marvel Comics’ lead competitor. So the chances of him writing a show based on a Marvel/Disney character are slim.
Lindelof is putting the finishing touches on the script for 1952, a film he pitched and sold to Disney last year for a reported seven-figures.
Disney and Lindelof have a previous relationship, obviously, with LOST appearing on their ABC channel for six years. So, with Disney and Lindelof still in the same bed, it’s a possibility that he could pen the Hulk series for ABC, if not at least contribute as a sometimes writer.
If the Hulk series is still a few years away, it’s possible Lindelof could jump aboard The Hulk train with his WB contract expiring by then.
With The Avengers doing big business this summer, Marvel is in line to litter the media market with more shows and films. An Incredible Hulk 2 film is currently scheduled for 2015, and reportedly the film and TV series will complement each other, so the TV show should expectedly hit the airwaves before then.
If Lindelof isn’t attached, then hopefully a writer of his caliber will be. The Hulk gets angry when he doesn’t have a good writer.