Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro and Battlestar Galactica executive producer David Eick are finalizing a deal to create the new Incredible Hulk TV series for Marvel and ABC Studios, Deadline reports. The drama will likely debut on ABC in fall 2012, following the summer release of Marvel's Avengers movie.
Although the monster was a pure CGI creation in the two Hulk movies, in the series it will be a blend of prosthetics, puppetry and computer animation. Del Toro will oversee its design. He and Eick will create the story for the pilot, with Eick writing the pilot and a very busy del Toro attached to direct -- if he's available.
Revealed in October, the Hulk revival is one of three projects being developed by Marvel's fledgling television division, headed by Jeph Loeb. Fan favorite Cloak & Dagger, destined for ABC Family reportedly is also a priority; it's unknown what the third series is.
According to Deadline, details of the Hulk's premise are sketchy, however, it appears as if it will follow the Green Goliath's origin, with physicist Bruce Banner in his mid-twenties, "less reactive and more energized as the world is still his oyster."
This will mark Marvel's first series for ABC and ABC Television since its purchase by Disney, as well as the return of the Hulk to live-action television. The Incredible Hulk famously aired from 1977 to 1982 on CBS, with Bill Bixby starring as Dr. David Banner and Lou Ferrigno as the Green Goliath.