Guillermo del Toro and Battlestar Galactica executive producer David Eick are teaming up to create the new TV series version of The Hulk for ABC, produced by Marvel TV and ABC Studios, reports Deadline.
The new series will mark Marvel's first series since Disney's launch of Marvel's TV division in June. It also marks Guillermo del Toro's first TV project.
The series will follow an origin story, wherein physicist Bruce Banner, whose alter ego is the green and raging Hulk, will be in his mid-twenties, less reactive and more energized as the world is still his oyster. The series will employ a mixture of prosthetics, puppetry and CGI.
David Eick will write the pilot script, with Guillermo del Toro attached to direct. Guillermo del Toro will also oversee the designing of the Hulk character, which is expected to draw on previous comic book incarnations, as well as the original 1978-82 The Incredible Hulk TV series, with a few wild tweaks on the old look.
David Eick said:
"I've enjoyed the challenging, rewarding process of revisiting beloved characters. [The Hulk is] one of the crown jewels of the Marvel world for generations. [It is a] dream opportunity to join one of my all-time filmmaking heroes, Guillermo del Toro, in a faithful but unique retelling of the primal, emotionally-rich tale of one of my all-time comic book."
Marvel is looking to launch the series following the July 2012 release of The Avengers, which features the Hulk character.