The Hulk: The Making of the Movie Including the Complete Screenplay

Wednesday, June 25 2003

From Newmarket Press:

The Hulk: The Illustrated Screenplay
Foreword by Ang Lee
Introduction by James Schamus
Screenplay by Michael France, James Schamus, John Turman

Hardcover $29.95, published July 2003, ISBN: 1-55704-597-6
Paperback $19.95, published July 2003, ISBN: 1-55704-585-2
160 Pages
7 3/4" x 10 7/8"
210 Illustrations
Includes complete screenplay

The only official book featuring the illustrated screenplay of the new film from the director of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon—a full-color, behind-the-scenes companion to the eagerly awaited summer blockbuster coming from Universal Pictures June 20, featuring an all-star cast: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas, and Nick Nolte.

Synopsis

You won't like him when he's angry! You will love him!

He's the Hulk, based on the Marvel comic book character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and he's brought to life again by some of the most respected and talented filmmakers in movie history, including the acclaimed director Ang Lee, screenwriters James Schamus (Lee's long-time collaborator), John Turman, and Michael France, and the geniuses at Industrial Light and Magic who also brought you E.T., Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and a myriad of other mind-boggling movies.

And this is the only book that goes way, way behind the scenes, with the story of how this unique film was conceived, created, filmed, and edited. Here is the complete screenplay, illustrated throughout with over 210 full-color movie stills, location photos, illustrations, set designs, concept drawings, and storyboards as well as interviews with the director, screenwriters, actors, producers, art and production designers, and the multi-talented ILM artists. This remarkable book presents movie making at its most innovative: creating the Hulk completely from computer graphics (the camera never cuts away when he "hulks out") and then inserting the creature into a live action scene. How did they do that? That question is answered in these lavishly illustrated pages.

From storyboards that were drawn in a comic-book format to pseudo-scientific paintings of cellular reproduction, this book explains how Ang Lee and the screenwriters brought the myth of the Hulk to a touchingly human perspective and documents the never-before-imagined technology that was developed to actualize the director?s vision.
In this amazing book, fans of the original Marvel comic and movie lovers around the world are invited inside the creative minds of the filmmakers to discover exactly how movie magic is brought to the silver screen.

Visit the official movie website at www.thehulk.com.

Click here to buy the Hardcover Edition for $20.97

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Reviews

"The Hulk is powerful and surprisingly beautiful with spectacular action. Passionate and uncynical, The Hulk stamps itself into your memory. Ang Lee's movies are built to last."

David Ansen, Newsweek

"Amusing, rousing and hugely enjoyable. Smart story. Slick script. Sharp cast. Ang Lee again proves that he is among our most creative directors. One of the season's happiest surprises."

Gene Shalit, The Today Show

"Ang Lee's Hulk is the most talkative and thoughtful recent comic book adaptation. The movie brings up issues and actually talks about them. The movie has an elegant visual strategy; after countless directors have failed, Ang Lee figures out how split-screen techniques can be made to work. Here he uses moving frame-lines and pictures within pictures to suggest the dynamic storytelling of comic books. This is a comic book movie for people who wouldn't be caught dead at a comic book movie."

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"All hail the conquering Hulk. Director Ang Lee classes up the genre while still delivering thrills. The computer-generated Hulk is exhilarating."

Leah Rozen , People magazine

"Cool stuff. Ang Lee's technique is impeccable."

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"A spectacular visual delight. The overall production values, computer-generated effects, and editing set a new standard for the adaptation of comic book characters to the big screen. All five of the leading actors turn in strong performances. Fans of the comic book will probably be pleased and thrill seekers in general will get plenty to chew on. And have no doubts—there will be a sequel."

Paul Clinton, CNN.com

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