Director Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Pan’s Labyrinth) is dropping hints about a “Big Name” writer being brought aboard the planned Hulk television show. After talk of another Hulk movie down the road it looks as though it will not be part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe Phase 2. How soon will this series arrive? Will this series exist in the same universe? It should. Collider scored an interview with the man himself about this project and some surprise tidbits that I never knew about OR could only dream of. Also head over to Collider for an exclusive video interview! Please read on friends…..
Collider: Something that you’ve been attached to—and I’m not sure if you still are—is this live-action Hulk thing. What is the status of that? And also, how has the success of The Avengers and the Hulk character inThe Avengers possibly helped the live-action Hulk series?
GUILLERMO DEL TORO: 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.
Collider: I would imagine that Marvel is probably whispering in your ear about doing a Marvel movie or a superhero movie. Or even Warner Bros. saying, “Do you like any of the DC characters?”
DEL TORO: The thing is that I’m not a superhero guy. I like monsters, and when the monster is a superhero, it’s a byproduct. Like Hellboy, the Hulk, Man-Thing, Swamp Thing, Sandman, Constantine, Demon, Dr. Strange, Spectre, Deadman. Those are the superheroes I followed as a kid religiously. I loved when the superhero genre crosses with horror. Morbius. Those are the guys I gravitated towards. Blade. So for me, to be interested in doing a superhero movie, it would need to be on the dark side or a Jack Kirby property. Kamandi, Demon, Mr. Miracle—I love any Kirby.
Collider:I know that Marvel is definitely trying to make a Dr. Strange movie, but maybe the Dr. Strange they want to make is more on the lighter side. There might be a tone that you want to go with that maybe they don’t.
DEL TORO: Over the years, when Avi Arad was in charge of Marvel, I often had the discussions with him. I came very close to doing Thor because I really wanted to bring the Norse mythology… It’s something I’m very attracted to. Create the giants and create the more fantastical version of that. But it’s not like I have many meetings with studios discussing superhero movies. They come to me. Normally I pass, respectfully or not. They like it, that we have a very quick response. I was very attracted to doing The Wolverine in Japan, because that’s my favorite chapter in the story of Wolverine. But I’m not a superhero guy. It’s very hard for me to… It’s one thing to like something and another to marry it for two, three years.
Collider: So you say you met with Fox for Wolverine?
DEL TORO: I spoke to [Fox executive] Jim Gianopulos a while ago. I thought about it. I actually met with Hugh Jackman. But it’s one thing to say… You have to differentiate between loving it as a fan, which is almost like dating, and creating it from scratch, which takes two to three years of your life, which is like a marriage.