Guillermo del Toro, bless his heart, seldom has anything more to offer than his enthusiasm when he's inevitably asked about the status of his live-action Hulk revival, which has been in a holding pattern at ABC for ... well, a while now. Last month the filmmaker assured fans "we’re still on," which doesn't tell us much more than we knew when the project was announced in November 2010.
But in a new interview with Collider, del Toro drops a nugget that both explains the current delay and leaves us intrigued.
"I had one meeting with Marvel after Avengers and we had a very, very good chat," he said. "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."
I can't begin to guess who the writer might be, but it's presumably someone in the same league as executive producers del Toro and David Eick (Battlestar Galactica), who collaborated on the original pilot script. (Del Toro will also oversee the design of the Hulk, and may direct the pilot if his busy schedule permits.)
Although the ABC had initially hoped to see a Hulk pilot this spring, the project is now being targeted for the 2013-2014 television season.