Hulk 2 Movie News Summary
Tuesday, May 11 2004

What's going on with the Hulk 2?  Well, below are links to the latest news to keep you up to date:

Bana on Hulk 2
Tuesday, May 11 2004

Posted on HulkMovie.com Message Boards by MAN-BRUTE!

Saw Eric Bana on "Friday night with Jonathan Ross" in UK.

I happened to be channel-hoppin` on Friday night and flicked over to jonathan ross. (well known film/comic enthusiast come talkshow host in the UK) He had bana on to plug Troy, but I knew with mr Ross being a keen comics fan he was gonna get round to the question we all want to know the answer to: Is there gonna be a Hulk 2? Bana joked that they were gonna go straight on to Hulk 3 instead. then he said that no one had got in touch with him about a Hulk sequel. He talked about how proud he was of being involved with the Hulk film and how expectations were set too high in terms of box office takings. He said that because Spiderman made so much money, everybody expected hulk to make the same, which was a bit of a stretch for any film. He said people expected it to make something like $500,000 billion, and because it only took in $200,000 billion (obviously he was exaggerating here) it was a let down to some. He seemed genuinely pissed off at that attitude. I got the feeling he would be more than happy to do a sequel, just that no-one has said anything yet.
They showed a clip of Him fighting with brad pitt in Troy, which looked really cool. I just wish we had a bit of official word on a Hulk sequel, though.


Bana on Hulk 2
Monday, May 3 2004

Posted on Zap2it.com

The following was originally posted on Zap2it.com:

"Last year we were following each other around the place with 'X-Men 2' and 'The Hulk,' and some years ago the first 'X-Men' came out in Australia the same weekend at 'Chopper' was released and now 'Van Helsing' is what? -- a week away from 'Troy,' so I think we need to get together and sort out our calendar for next year."

Bana, who says that he doesn't have definite plans on what he's doing next, although a few projects are in the works, also pleads ignorant to plans for a sequel to Ang Lee's "The Hulk," which made Universal approximately $242 million in world-wide box office receipts (not including DVD/VHS sales). In early April, producers Gale Anne Hurd and Avi Arad said they were working on a sequel to the film.

"He won't be this tortured person, it will pick up at the end of the first movie," Arad told Zap2it.com. "He's come to terms with his life and who he is and we can let him be the Hulk hero now."

However, the project may be on the backburner given that Bana says they haven't talked to him to repirse the role, even though he is under contract to play Bruce Banner again if Universal does move forward with the project.

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More on Hulk 2
Friday, April 9 2004

Posted on Filmrot.com and About.com

The following was originally posted on About.com:

There will be a Hulk 2.Producers Gale Anne Hurd and Avi Arad both confirmed, with Hurd saying, “Right now we are meeting with writers to discuss the sequel. I think the key thing is come up with the right story.”

Arad commented on the sequel’s tone.

“It’s going to be Hulk-lite,” Arad said. “It’ll be the end of movie one, the beginning of movie two. Now he’s come to terms with his life and who he is and we can let him be now Hulk the hero. Movie one seemed to have been tough on some people, but some of us think it is one of the more courageous depictions of a comic book character.”

And from Filmrot.com:

"Yes, we're working on a 'Hulk' sequel" -- producer Gale Anne Hurd

Zap2it.com is reporting from the marvel camp that a sequel to last summers moderately successful Ang Lee Hulk adaption. While the 'geek' community seems to be split on whether the green wonder deserves a sequel or not, the fact remains that at a cost of $135 million to make, the film went on to bank well over that even before it left the theaters. I'm not quite sure why the film didn't connect stronger with audiences. I liked the film upon first viewing and have grown to love it on DVD as the only true comic book film to focus on an origin story without muddling up the works with an overbearing villain. I also love Ang's art-house interpretation of a character which you wouldn't expect in an art-house type film.

Zap2It claims that "Critics and fans alike overwhelmingly hated The Hulk...", but I don't see it. The film has seen nothing but love from this site, earning a solid theatrical and DVD review from two of the FilmRot crew, as well as a 60% approval meter on Rotten Tomatoes. The Hulk wasn't "critically panned" in my opinion, this is critically panned.

Still, the producers of the film are running like scared puppies with claims of a kinder, more gentle experience in part two, even labeling the planned outing as "Hulk-lite" (can't wait to see if they have the balls to call it that on the poster tag-line). When asked about the Hulk's future, Avi Arid stated:

"He won't be this tortured person, it will pick up at the end of the first movie. He's come to terms with his life and who he is and we can let him be the Hulk hero now."

Naturally, those of us that enjoyed the first film will have what we liked ripped out of the franchise and what will be left is another safe, generic comic-book actioner - sure to sell twice as many toys as the first.


Avi Arad on Hulk 2

Wednesday, March 3 2004

Posted on Comics Continuum

The following was originally posted on Comics Continuum:

With four films being released this year, Marvel Studios announced plans for five movies in 2005 on Tuesday morning during its fourth quarter webcast.

Projects in the pipeline for 2005 include Fantastic Four, a possible July releease from Fox currently out to directors; Elektra, from Fox, starring Jennifer Garner and targeted to begin production in May, with Rob Bowman in talks to direct; Iron Man, from New Line, out to directors, written by Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, with Tom Cruise expressing interest; Ghost Rider, from Sony, with Mark Steven Johnson writing and directing; and Luke Cage, written by Ben Ramsey, with John Singleton in talks to direct.

Other films in development, according to Marvel, are X-Men 3, The Hulk 2, The Punisher 2, Namor, Iron Fist, Black Widow and Deathlok.

Marvel's next film is The Punisher, which reaches theaters on April 16. Marvel's Avi Arad said that television spots for the film should begin next week.

Spider-Man 2 is next on July 2, followed by Blade: Trinity on Aug. 12 and Man-Thing in October.

Arad said a third Spider-Man film is targeted for a 2007 release, and that the Hulk sequel will be lighter in tone.

And from this month's Wizard 150:

Marvel Studios is currently planning a more-action-packed and Hulk-centric sequel to Ang Lee's "Hulk." According to Arad, the current plan is to produce a film that shows off more action of the Hulk.  "We had a long meeting with a writer and Universal [Pictures] last week," says Arad.  "He's a very good writer and he's very interested.  We're just starting our journey on 'Hulk 2'.  The marching orders for the film are to show Banner and the Hulk to be the heroes they should be.  The origin is behind us.  We got over the tough stuff.  Now we want to see what's happening to Banner.  Obviously he knows he can't hide forever, and maybe he doesn't want to hide.  The operaive words are to have fun with the Hulk."

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