‘Hulk’-Lite Gets Green Lite

Written by Ryder

“Yes, we’re working on a ‘Hulk’ sequel,” says producer Gale Anne Hurd. “We’re meeting with writers to discuss the sequel. I think the key thing is coming up with the right story.”

The original movie, “Hulk”, cost around $135 million to produce, and brought in $132 million in the domestic box office and $113 million overseas. Directed by Ang Lee, the movie was critically panned, despite a whopping opening of $62 million weekend when it opened on June 20th last year.

“Thank God for DVD sales,” Hurd adds, pointing out that it’s the home video and DVD market that helps movies that are perceived as flops when released theatrically.

Avi Arad, vice president of Marvel Comics and co-producer with Hurd for the upcoming “Punisher” movie, tells, “This will be ‘Hulk’-Lite.”

“He won’t be this tortured person, it will pick up at the end of the first movie,” Arad says. “He’s come to terms with his life and who he is and we can let him be the Hulk hero now.”

Critics and fans alike overwhelmingly hated “The Hulk” because of its dark overtones.

Arad adds, “Movie one seemed to have been tough on some people, but some of us think it’s one of the more courageous depictions of a comic book character.”

Eric Bana, who starred as the first “Hulk”, is already under contract to play the role again. The producers won’t be looking for a director until after the script is ready.