Gale Anne Hurd on The Hulk

Thursday, June 12 2003

Posted on Comics Continuum

The following was originally posted on Comics Continuum:

Gale Anne Hurd, producer of the Hulk movie, said that the Marvel Comics character has elements of Shakespearean tragedy.

"There was real elemental drama of the human condition in this character," Hurd said. "What I always liked about the Hulk was that he was a hero, but not really a super hero, not when compared to the other Marvel crime-fighting characters.

"The Jekyll and Hyde conflicted intrigued me. Part of it is a cautionary tale, not only about the demons that we have to terms with inside ourselves, but it is also a bit of a commentary about the ramifications of having the technology to create a Hulk. The comic book dealt with Cold War issues, but we've been able to update it and it's relevant, if not more relevant, now."

Hurd, who has worked 12 years to bring the Hulk to the big screen, said that technology has caught up to the filmmakers' wishes during that time.

"We now have the technology to creat the Hulk the way it should always have been approached," Hurd said. "Now with CGI, with the technologies that have been developed at Industrial Light & Magic, we are able to go beyond what could have been imagined on the television show or even on film.

"There might have been ways to put the Hulk on screen before now, but it wouldn't have been the Hulk imagined by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby."

In other Hulk news:

* Jennifer Connelly, who plays Betty Ross, will be featured on Extra on Thursday night.

* MTV's Hulk special premiered on Thursday night. It included comments from former Hulk writer Peter David and Marvel editors Joe Quesada and Axel Alonso.

The show will repeat Friday at 8:30 p.m. (ET), Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

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