Louis Leterrier on "The Incredible Hulk:" It's Not A Sequel?

SuperHeroHype.com has been tipped off to the latest "Hulk 2" rumor, which has director Louis Leterrier saying that 2008's "The Incredible Hulk" will not be a sequel.

As always, it's prudent to take this latest "Hulk 2" rumor with a healthy dose of skepticism -- or, with un grain de sel, since the Leterrier talk comes from one of the site's readers, who heard the director's scoop on French television.


Who will be the raging green giant in Leterrier's "Hulk 2?"

From SuperHeroHype.com, courtesy of their source, 'Fred':

"Louis Leterrier talked about Hulk 2 last night on French TV Show "la grande émission". He mentioned a 120 $ budget and said it won't be a sequel (that's the scoop I guess). He's looking for a bookish glass-wearing type for Banner, no mention of Eric Bana."

Few details have been released regarding the film so far, as Leterrier has stayed quiet on who would play the new Bruce Banner (perhaps "Prison Break"'s Dominic Purcell?), what the storyline would be, what kind of special effects he will use, if "Transporter" pal Jason Statham would be cast, where he will film, what kind of action he'll use, and if his "Hulk" will be a sequel to Ang Lee's 2003 version or not. At least, perhaps, we might have the answer to that last question. That is, if you believe what one website reader claims they heard the director say on French television.

The Universal Pictures project is in pre-production for a tentative 2008 release.

Comments

Dinalfos 2

Rohan B

It better be a sequel.

Oct 12 - 01:32 PM

That_Guy

Brandon Arevalo

[b]Thank God theres a new director[/b]
Only way im going to see this movie is if it isnt a sequel. The first one sucked, the multi-camera point of view gave me a headache. Romance should not be involved with the Hulk.

Oct 18 - 06:06 PM

rumstoner

Paul Welsby

The Hulk is, in essence, the classic male stereotype condensed to its purest forms - fighting and shagging. Whilst later storylines have delved a bit deeper into the not-so-jollly green giant's psyche, that's really all there is to him and that's what appeals most. He's not a complicated guy (that side of him is covered by the Banner persona) and you know where you stand - you're either going to get the crap pummeled out of you or get a different kind of pounding from his big green love-giver! Now, film-makers can get away with quite a bit when it comes to violence in 'family' films these days but i think they'd be pushing it a bit if they tried to explore 'horny' Hulk - i guess introducing a romantic element is their way of alluding to this without seriously traumatising the kiddies by having the big guy dry-humping everything that moves.

Feb 27 - 06:53 AM

JMA

Justin Adams

I don't think it should be a sequel. Why make a sequel to a movie that wasn't well received? It's better to just start over with something good.

Oct 12 - 02:35 PM

trilight

Jamie Lott

It's a nice approach but it seems too soon to use it. Not enough people have dismissed Hulk from their memories to recognize a restart of the series.

Oct 12 - 03:19 PM

JBourne

**** off

Agreed. I might go to see a new version if they waited a few more years, but 2008 is way too soon.

Oct 12 - 04:39 PM

Dinalfos 2

Rohan B

Nor do they need to. The film was very good.

Oct 12 - 03:21 PM

Zengine

john Raines

Oh c'mon! What's there to it?! A BIG GREEN MONSTER runs around SMASHING shit. I always thought even the stupidest person on Earth could make a decent version of this, but somehow I've been proven wrong, and it looks like it'll happen again.

Oct 12 - 03:47 PM

trilight

Jamie Lott

I don't disagree with you dinaflos, but it was really a matter of a taste. It just seemed like too many viewers didn't like Ang Lee's approach compared to what could have been.

Oct 12 - 03:51 PM

ettarre

Betsy Roll

I like the Ang Lee version, but I can see why alot of folks don't like it. I mostly get a kick out of how he cut it using techniques that emulate comic book panels. The mutant dogs were pretty goofy, though.

Oct 12 - 04:30 PM

JBourne

**** off

Agreed. I might go to see a new version if they waited a few more years, but 2008 is way too soon.

Oct 12 - 04:39 PM

JMA

Justin Adams

Whether or not the Ang Lee version was good or not depends entirely on person preference. However, there was a critical backlash against the movie, and it wouldn't be smart for a studio to ignore that. Restarting is a better move, both creatively and financially. I agree that they should wait a few more years, though. Maybe 2010.

Oct 12 - 10:12 PM

Neclord

William Merryman

So, I'm guessing that (box-office take aside) there wasn't nearly enough dumb action in the original film to warrant a genuine sequel with a returning cast and director? Too much pathos for the public? If all you want is a simple action fest with the Hulk smashing things, that's likely what you'll get. But, come on, that's not even all there is to the comics! There's more to this character than...smashing. And, for better or worse, Lee tried to show something deeper to him. There was something to grab on to there. But all anybody wants is formula, I suppose...

Oct 12 - 10:18 PM

sr78

Sander Roubos

Hulk's critical and box-office performance made me give up on superhero movies. Finally someone had the guts to do more with the subject than showing spandex-clad boys and girls and it gets hammered, even if it was a very daring movie with a lot of depth. The only beacon of hope in the genre was Batman Begins, but between the Supermans, Spidermans en Fantastic Fours even that can't save the genre from being totally braindead.

Oct 12 - 10:29 PM

Captain Shimmy

Justin Snipes

It doesn't have to be a sequel, but if it's a complete restart like Begins was, I'll be upset. It's way too soon for that. The new one doesn't even have to mention the previous one. Just don't completely retcon it.

Oct 13 - 01:09 AM

nav123

Naven Naidoo

I think Ang Lee set up his Hulk perfectly for an action sequel. Got through all the origin story and probably decided to leave the sequel for the HULK MAD! HULK SMASH! Eric Bana was great.

Oct 13 - 01:58 AM

Dinalfos 2

Rohan B

But anyone with a modicum of intelligence wouldn't want to watch an all out smash fest. I find the mere thought of 120 minutes of pure action and adventure kind of insulting to the comic book character, which is indeed a rather fleshed out character with plenty of layers. Okay, so the classic savage Hulk was written for years as a rage driven smasher with little to no depth to it, but there have been great writers who saw the potential and did something with it.

I just think that making a movie that goes back to Hulk's roots is not the right step. I mean, I like a decent action sequence just as much as the next guy, but there's so much of Banner/Hulk's psyche to explore!

Oct 13 - 01:05 PM

hellhole

Ken Alleman

I'm glad it's not a sequel. Doesn't having part one be a mature and tragic treatment of the character and having part two be a standard action hero movie kind of seem inconsistent to anybody else?

Oct 13 - 03:59 PM

Snark Eater

David Beraldo

Most people didn't like Ang Lee's version because it portrayed the whole thing like a Frankenstein's monster type film, which entailed feelings and other such useless nonsense, like a serious plot (sarcasm)

I think most of the comic fans hated it because they didn't really want a beginning, middle, and end story. They just wanted two hours of the big green one running around smashing things and causing ultimate destruction. It's really what he's known for.

I personally like Ang Lee's version, even if it did start off slow.

Oct 14 - 12:29 PM

dylan21484nj

glenn welsh

i don't think Hulk was as bad as most people say. i mean, what was everyone expecting? Lou Ferrigno painted green again? it's pretty much a Jekyl and Hyde story in comic book form, just include more action next time. i didn't mind exploring Hulk's psyche too much, just don't slow the movie down too much with it. and come up with a worthy opponent for him next time, the mutant dogs were silly.

Oct 15 - 01:26 PM

Mikeal420

David Goldman

Considering Ang Lee's filmography compared to Louis Leterrier, I put a lot more trust in Lee's version than his. The only people who seem to hate Lee's version are the ones who prefer their action mindless without any attempt at all at real characters

Oct 16 - 08:46 AM

Beyond Two Gerts

Mark Wahlberg

I did not hate Lee's version but I can't say I really liked it. There was alot of cool ideas but in the end it was just very ill concieved. I applaud his efforts to break the mold but it was a failed attempt.

Oct 17 - 08:10 AM

That_Guy

Brandon Arevalo

[b]Thank God theres a new director[/b]
Only way im going to see this movie is if it isnt a sequel. The first one sucked, the multi-camera point of view gave me a headache. Romance should not be involved with the Hulk.

Oct 18 - 06:06 PM

rumstoner

Paul Welsby

The Hulk is, in essence, the classic male stereotype condensed to its purest forms - fighting and shagging. Whilst later storylines have delved a bit deeper into the not-so-jollly green giant's psyche, that's really all there is to him and that's what appeals most. He's not a complicated guy (that side of him is covered by the Banner persona) and you know where you stand - you're either going to get the crap pummeled out of you or get a different kind of pounding from his big green love-giver! Now, film-makers can get away with quite a bit when it comes to violence in 'family' films these days but i think they'd be pushing it a bit if they tried to explore 'horny' Hulk - i guess introducing a romantic element is their way of alluding to this without seriously traumatising the kiddies by having the big guy dry-humping everything that moves.

Feb 27 - 06:53 AM

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