Could Joss Whedon be the ABC's Hulk series' mystery writer?

News Ryan Lambie 8 Aug 2012 - 07:06

We've already heard that ABC's Hulk TV series is waiting for a mystery writer. Could it be Joss Whedon?

As we've just heard, Whedon's been signed for an "exclusive deal" with Marvel, meaning that he's all set to write and direct The Avengers 2, as well as an ABC Avengers spin-off TV series.

But this Marvel deal also suggests he may be about to work on other Marvel-related properties as well as Avengers. Yesterday, we heard that the ABC Hulk TV series was waiting in a holding pattern until a certain "very, very concrete" writer became available:

"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.”

That's what Guillermo del Toro told Collider in a recent interview. Is that mystery writer Joss Whedon? It's pure conjecture right now, but we certainly hope so.

More news on this as we get it.

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I hope not. They finally got the Hulk right in The Avengers. I don't want them to mess it up AGAIN with re-casting because Mark Ruffalo would NOT be a part of it. Make a new show with new characters in which the movie ones could do a cameo if need be. Don't mess with stuff that works! There's no need for a Hulk show and there's a ton of other Marvel characters they could use.

Couldnt agree more, a tv budget wont do justice to how powerful the character is considering how brave Marvel have been in their decisions towards their movies this seems like a step backwards.

How do we know Mark Ruffalo won't do it?

DoG has already said that he has signed on for an Avengers spin off - what is Hulk if not that? The other show that has been rumored is likely to ACTUALLY be this one! Nowhere in the original statement from Marvel did they say the TV show was an Avengers one - at least that's not how I read it - I read it as 2 separate project, especially given that it goes on to highlight his involvement in the entire next phase of the Marvel cinematic universe (not just The Avengers)... It said if I remember correctly :
Joss Whedon has signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios for film and television through the end of June 2015. As part of that deal, Whedon will write and direct Marvel’s The Avengers 2 as well as help develop a new live action series for Marvel Television at ABC. He will also contribute creatively to the next phase of Marvel’s cinematic universe

...it would surely only be a step backwards if they did indeed go with a purely action driven series? There is no way a television budget could do that justice - but a character driven series (more akin to the Bixby show) would be perfectly achievable, whilst throwing in just enough action for the budget to maintain

We don't - he has signed a lengthy contract with Marvel...

Knowing my luck this mystery writer will turn out to be Jeff Loeb....*sigh*

For 6 movies. He has no need to do a TV show, his career is on the uprise, not fading. And a 22 ep long series means 8-10 month long filming a year. Can you see him doing it now that he finally gained a world wide fame?

Can I see a rising global star commiting to a huge profile TV series with links to a continuing movie series, of which he is also a star?

No no you're right - that would be a rediculous career move...

That would mean he would have no time for anything else because he would be filming a series and movies with one character for one company only. Why would he do it? A short term goal that could ruin his whole career a la Christopher Reeve and Superman. Of course it's a ridiculous career move.

I know it's ABC but does it have to be a 22 episode season. A HBo, Starz, AMC like 12 or 12 ep season might be cheap enough for more Hulk action and short enough for Ruffalo to do it.

My biggest problem with this planned TV show is that it will be prohibitively expensive to do the special effects right. I know the technology is all there already for the motion capture and the models/textures are already built (if they get permission to use it), but it would still be very expensive. So the fate of this show will rest on the writers making a show about Bruce Banner as engaging and smart as possible to cover up the fact that they have to be very conservative on scenes where he "Hulks out".

How would you all feel about the new series being a loose sequel to the original series? would Marvel have a problem with it?

If they did a loose sequel now they'll probably reveal that Banner didn't die from the fall instead went into deep hibernation, the down side it would lack any supporting characters or villains from the comics and use only the continuity of the Bixby/ Ferrigno show.

Actors like the aforementioned Christopher Reeve could tell you why it's a bad idea to give yourself over to one part and one part only. After Superman was over, Reeve had to go back to the very basics and had to take every bit of a scrap of a role he could get to convince people he wasn't just Superman.

But I guess we will have to disagree.

Using the Christopher Reeve comparison here is the wrong thing to do. Reeve was only ever contracted for two films, and they let his contract lapse before shooting the 2nd. It was only because they gave him some artistic control over the sequel that he signed a new contract. Reeve (much like Mark Hamill) was hopelessly typecast after ONE movie... Ruffalo has already signed on to play the same character for SIX (be it cameos or main roles). He has made his bed, and I for one would not blame him for laying in it as long as he can.
Besides - we live in a very different world to the late 70's. People are more inclined to accept that actors PLAY the parts, as opposed to actually BEING the parts.

Incidentally - I don't disagree that there are a bunch of other Marvel characters that would be better served with a TV show than the Hulk. I just think that assuming an actor won't do something because you think it's a bad idea is silly.

Don't worry, they will make movies and TV shows ith those tons of other characters too. It's not a "this one or that one" situation after the success of The Avengers. It's a "this one AND that one... And that one and that one...". I would never discourage them from making a superhero tv show because I think it might be bad. Who knows if it will be or not? It's their money and time. What do I care?! If it's good, I'll watch it of not I won't then wait for the next one.

The original Incredible Hulk TV show had a small budget even for its time and it was very good. That is because The Hulk isn't about Hulk, it's about Banner. And it's cheap to make show abou Banner and his struggles ith The Hulk.

A quasi sequel to the Bixby/ Ferrigno you wouldn’t have to worry about
being faithful to the Marvel universe, only have David Banner and Jack
McGee.

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